2003 French motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2003 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 2003 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of 23–25 May 2003 at the Bugatti Circuit located in Le Mans, France.

France  2003 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 races in the
2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date25 May 2003
Official nameGrand Prix Polini de France[1][2]
LocationBugatti Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.180 km (2.597 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi Honda
Time 1:35.208
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Noriyuki Haga Aprilia
Time 1:36.688 on lap 9 (first part)
Podium
First Spain Sete Gibernau Honda
Second Italy Valentino Rossi Honda
Third Brazil Alex Barros Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider San Marino Manuel Poggiali Aprilia
Time 1:39.229
Fastest lap
Rider France Randy de Puniet Aprilia
Time 1:40.356 on lap 9
Podium
First Spain Toni Elías Aprilia
Second France Randy de Puniet Aprilia
Third Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda
Time 1:43.565
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda
Time 1:43.837 on lap 8
Podium
First Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda
Second Italy Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia
Third Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda

MotoGP classificationEdit

The race was stopped after 15 laps due to rain. It was later restarted for 13 laps with the grid order determined by the running order after the suspension. The second part of the race determined the final result.

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15   Sete Gibernau Telefónica Movistar Honda Honda 13 24:29.665 7 25
2 46   Valentino Rossi Repsol Honda Honda 13 +0.165 1 20
3 4   Alex Barros Gauloises Yamaha Team Yamaha 13 +1.793 2 16
4 19   Olivier Jacque Gauloises Yamaha Team Yamaha 13 +29.912 16 13
5 3   Max Biaggi Camel Pramac Pons Honda 13 +31.493 5 11
6 99   Jeremy McWilliams Proton Team KR Proton KR 13 +33.946 12 10
7 11   Tohru Ukawa Camel Pramac Pons Honda 13 +35.447 8 9
8 41   Noriyuki Haga Alice Aprilia Racing Aprilia 13 +36.231 18 8
9 8   Garry McCoy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 13 +51.254 22 7
10 45   Colin Edwards Alice Aprilia Racing Aprilia 13 +1:01.802 19 6
11 17   Norifumi Abe Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha 12 +1 lap 10 5
12 69   Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Honda 12 +1 lap 13 4
13 23   Ryuichi Kiyonari Telefónica Movistar Honda Honda 12 +1 lap 23 3
14 56   Shinya Nakano D'Antin Yamaha Team Yamaha 11 +2 laps 9 2
15 33   Marco Melandri Fortuna Yamaha Team Yamaha 11 +2 laps 4 1
16 10   Kenny Roberts Jr. Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki 11 +2 laps 17
Ret 88   Andrew Pitt Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 3 Accident 21
Ret 21   John Hopkins Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki 2 Accident 11
Ret 6   Makoto Tamada Pramac Honda Honda 1 Accident 15
Ret 12   Troy Bayliss Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 0 Accident in 1st part 14
Ret 65   Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 0 Retirement in 1st part 3
Ret 7   Carlos Checa Fortuna Yamaha Team Yamaha 0 Accident in 1st part 6
Ret 9   Nobuatsu Aoki Proton Team KR Proton KR 0 Retirement in 1st part 20
Source: [3][4][5]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 24   Toni Elías Aprilia 26 43:55.538 5 25
2 7   Randy de Puniet Aprilia 26 +3.740 3 20
3 3   Roberto Rolfo Honda 26 +4.562 9 16
4 10   Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 26 +4.972 4 13
5 8   Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 26 +5.122 8 11
6 50   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 26 +6.100 7 10
7 14   Anthony West Aprilia 26 +29.672 10 9
8 6   Alex Debón Honda 26 +34.885 17 8
9 15   Christian Gemmel Honda 26 +35.013 22 7
10 11   Joan Olivé Aprilia 26 +35.559 13 6
11 33   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 26 +45.562 15 5
12 16   Johan Stigefelt Aprilia 26 +54.955 14 4
13 26   Alex Baldolini Aprilia 26 +55.049 23 3
14 9   Hugo Marchand Aprilia 26 +55.794 12 2
15 34   Eric Bataille Honda 26 +56.183 18 1
16 13   Jaroslav Huleš Yamaha 26 +57.386 21
17 36   Erwan Nigon Aprilia 26 +1:27.351 11
18 21   Franco Battaini Aprilia 26 +1:36.597 2
19 96   Jakub Smrž Honda 25 +1 lap 20
20 18   Henk vd Lagemaat Honda 25 +1 lap 24
Ret 57   Chaz Davies Aprilia 22 Retirement 16
Ret 28   Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 9 Retirement 19
Ret 5   Sebastián Porto Honda 5 Accident 6
Ret 54   Manuel Poggiali Aprilia 5 Accident 1
Ret 45   Samuel Aubry Honda 2 Retirement 25
DNQ 44   Vincent Eisen Honda Did not qualify
DNQ 98   Katja Poensgen Honda Did not qualify
Source: [6]

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Dani Pedrosa Honda 24 41:58.500 6 25
2 4   Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 24 +2.337 7 20
3 34   Andrea Dovizioso Honda 24 +2.427 1 16
4 27   Casey Stoner Aprilia 24 +11.278 4 13
5 22   Pablo Nieto Aprilia 24 +11.814 17 11
6 41   Youichi Ui Aprilia 24 +12.592 2 10
7 7   Stefano Perugini Aprilia 24 +18.930 15 9
8 17   Steve Jenkner Aprilia 24 +25.206 18 8
9 12   Thomas Lüthi Honda 24 +29.471 10 7
10 8   Masao Azuma Honda 24 +33.910 14 6
11 80   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 24 +44.379 9 5
12 6   Mirko Giansanti Aprilia 24 +44.537 11 4
13 23   Gino Borsoi Aprilia 24 +55.218 12 3
14 24   Simone Corsi Honda 24 +58.773 19 2
15 10   Roberto Locatelli KTM 24 +58.962 28 1
16 79   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 24 +1:07.803 16
17 63   Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 24 +1:17.604 27
18 11   Max Sabbatani Aprilia 24 +1:20.140 20
19 26   Emilio Alzamora Derbi 24 +1:40.757 21
20 31   Julián Simón Malaguti 24 +1:43.908 26
21 14   Chris Martin Aprilia 24 +1:49.778 33
22 78   Péter Lénárt Honda 23 +1 lap 35
23 25   Imre Tóth Honda 23 +1 lap 31
24 21   Leon Camier Honda 23 +1 lap 37
25 74   Jimmy Petit Honda 23 +1 lap 30
Ret 15   Alex de Angelis Aprilia 23 Accident 5
Ret 32   Fabrizio Lai Malaguti 18 Retirement 22
Ret 19   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 16 Accident 23
Ret 73   William Gautier Honda 13 Retirement 32
Ret 86   Grégory Lefort Aprilia 11 Retirement 34
Ret 85   Xavier Herouin Honda 10 Retirement 36
Ret 72   Alexis Masbou Honda 9 Accident 29
Ret 58   Marco Simoncelli Aprilia 4 Retirement 25
Ret 42   Gioele Pellino Aprilia 3 Retirement 24
Ret 1   Arnaud Vincent KTM 0 Accident 8
Ret 36   Mika Kallio Honda 0 Retirement 13
Ret 48   Jorge Lorenzo Derbi 0 Accident 3
DNS 33   Stefano Bianco Gilera Did not start
Source: [7]

Championship standings after the race (motoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round four has concluded.[8][9]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2003 French MotoGP". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Le Mans - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ "2003 French MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Grand Prix Polini de France – MotoGP – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. ^ "FRENCH GRAND PRIX · MotoGP Race Classification 2003". Motogp.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Grand Prix Polini de France – 250cc – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Grand Prix Polini de France – 125cc – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  8. ^ "World Championship standings". Crash. May 25, 2003.
  9. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2003. Retrieved 2019-08-22.


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