2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

2003 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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World Champions
MotoGPValentino Rossi (Honda)
250ccManuel Poggiali (Aprilia)
125ccDani Pedrosa (Honda)

The 2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 55th F.I.M. Road racing World Championship season. The season consisted of 16 races, beginning with the Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix on 6 April 2003 and ending with the Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix on 2 November.

Dani Pedrosa (pictured at Sepang) became the 2003 125cc world champion

Season summaryEdit

Defending champion Valentino Rossi won his 3rd MotoGP championship in 2003, winning 9 races, highlighted by his win at Phillip Island where he was given a 10-second penalty for passing under a yellow flag and he overcame the penalty by winning the race with more than 10 seconds in hand. Rossi had become dissatisfied with his relationship with the Honda Racing Corporation[1] and as the season progressed and HRC tried to get Rossi to sign a new contract, Rossi demurred until finally announcing at the end of the year that he would be leaving Honda. He soon signed with Yamaha and took Jeremy Burgess with him to be his crew chief.

The season was marred by Daijiro Kato being killed at the first round at Suzuka. He lost control of his motorcycle on the approach to the Casio Triangle and hit a barrier at high speed. His heart was restarted by track paramedics, but he did not wake from a coma and died 2 weeks later. Controversy arose because the race was not red-flagged to allow Kato to be removed from the track with maximum care.[2] Suzuka has since been removed from the MotoGP calendar. Teammate Sete Gibernau would inherit Kato's factory-spec RC211V.

MotoGP rookies for 2003 included Nicky Hayden (Rookie of the Year), Troy Bayliss, Marco Melandri and Colin Edwards. A new constructor also arrived: Ducati. After much success in Superbike racing, Ducati returned to the premier-class of GP with their GP3. It made an immediate impression with its raw speed, and they finished the constructor's championship in second place, ahead of Yamaha and behind Honda.

2003 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 2003:[3][4]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 6 April   SKYY vodka Grand Prix of Japan Suzuka Circuit
2 27 April   Arnette Africa's Grand Prix Phakisa Freeway
3 11 May   Gran Premio Marlboro de España Circuito de Jerez
4 25 May   Grand Prix Polini de France Bugatti Circuit
5 8 June   Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia Mugello Circuit
6 15 June   Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya Circuit de Catalunya
7 28 June ††   Gauloises Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen
8 13 July   Cinzano British Grand Prix Donington Park
9 27 July   Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sachsenring
10 17 August   Gauloises Grand Prix České republiky Brno Circuit
11 7 September   Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal Autódromo do Estoril
12 20 September ††   Cinzano Rio Grand Prix Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
13 5 October   Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi Twin Ring Motegi
14 12 October   Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
15 19 October   SKYY vodka Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Circuit
16 2 November   Gran Premio Marlboro Comunitat Valenciana Circuit Ricardo Tormo
†† = Saturday race

Calendar changesEdit

There were no calendar changes for the 2003 season.

Regulation changesEdit

The following changes are made to the regulation for the 2003 season:[5][6]

Sporting regulationsEdit

For this year, the rules will changed regarding the neutralisation of a race. This only applies to the MotoGP class. If the circumstances change in such a significant way due to weather changes, a heavy accident or any other reason, a race may be neutralised either once or multiple times and the following rules will apply:

  • A white flag with diagonal red cross (indicating damp conditions) will be shown in a still manner at each marshal post.
  • A safety car will enter and make one sighting lap. The subsequent pit lane exit will be closed with red lights and a red flag indicating this.
  • Riders can opt to enter the pit lane at the end of their current lap or make one more sighting lap to check the track conditions, then will have to enter the pits.
  • All riders who opt to ride one more lap have to catch up to the safety car on track. Any overtaking of the safety car is forbidden.
  • At the end of the safety car's run, it will enter the pit lane and the circuit will be closed with indication of the red flags. All riders following the safety car must also enter the pits.
  • The safety car will stop ± 50 meters behind the exit of the pit lane.
  • While in the pits, all riders are allowed to make changes to their tyres, adjustments to their motorcycles, refuel or change bikes.
  • If the race is neutralised before the final lap, a provisional race classification will be published. The provisional classification will consist out of the results taken at the last point where the leader, as well as all other riders on the same lap as the leader, had completed a full lap without the display of any neutralisation flags being waved. Riders who were already in the pit lane before will also be included in the provisional classification. Any rider who did not complete at least 75% of the laps completed by the race leader will not be classified. The race will be resumed if possible following the procedures of article 1.28.
  • If a race is neutralised during the final lap, the following procedure will apply: if at least one rider has completed all scheduled number of laps of the original race, the final classification will be calculated according to article 1.25.1 and the race will not be resumed. If no rider has completed the final number of laps of the original race, the provision of article 1.27.8 will apply and the race will continue based on the standards of article 1.28.
  • If a race is neutralised more than once, the provisional race classification for positions and allowance of participation in the resumed start will always be based on the provisional race classification from the last time a race was neutralised.
  • In all cases, the provisional race classification must be displayed on the official timekeeping monitors.

In the case of a race restart after neutralisation, the following rules will apply for the MotoGP class only:

  • The Race Direction will officially announce when the safety car will leave the pits to resume the race.
  • The number of laps which still have to be done will be measured by the scheduled number of laps the original race had and the number of laps of the provisional race classification. If the difference is less than three, the number of laps to go will be three laps.
  • If a race is neutralised more than once, the number of laps which still have to be done will be measured by the scheduled number of laps the original race had and the number of completed laps in all the previous parts. If the difference is less than three, the number of laps to go will be three laps.
  • Only the riders which are included in the latest provisional race classificial are permitted to resume the race.
  • Two minutes before the safety car exits the pits, the pit lane exit will be opened with indication of green lights and flags to allow all riders to bunch up behind the safety car in the order of the provisional race classification.
  • Thirty seconds before the safety car exits the pits, all riders should be ready behind the safety car in the order of the provisional race classification.
  • The pit lane exit will be closed with an indication of red flags and lights and the safety car will make one lap followed by all the riders upon announcement by the Race Direction. Overtaking the safety car is forbidden and any riders who remain in the pits will have to resume the race from there.
  • In all cases, the time to go before the safety car leaves and the pit lane closes, must be shown on a countdown board or clock which is present in the pit lane exit or on the official timekeeping monitors.
  • At the end of the safety car's lap, it will enter the pits whilst all riders continue on the circuit.
  • The race will be resumed via a rolling start when the riders cross the start/finish line where two green flags will be waved on each side of the track and the green start lights will be turned on. At this time, a time penalty may be given by the Race Direction to any rider:
-who is not behind the rear wheel of the motorcycle in front of him.
-who is in a higher position than in the provisional race classification.
-who is more than three seconds behind the rider in front of him.
  • After the last rider in the file has passed the pit lane exit, the green lights will be turned on and the green flag will be waved to allow the riders in the pits to resume the race.
  • The final race classification will be created according to the position and the total number of laps of each rider at the time he crossed the start/finish line at the end of the race. The procedures of article 1.23.5. will apply in this case.

Technical regulationsEdit

  • The exposed edge of the exhaust pipe must be rounded to avoid any sharp edges. The last 30mm of the pipe must be horizontal and parallel to the center line of the bike with a tolerance of ±10 degrees.

2003 Grand Prix season resultsEdit

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner MotoGP winner Report
1 6 April   Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix Suzuka   Stefano Perugini   Manuel Poggiali   Valentino Rossi Report
2 27 April   South African motorcycle Grand Prix Phakisa   Dani Pedrosa   Manuel Poggiali   Sete Gibernau Report
3 11 May   Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Jerez   Lucio Cecchinello   Toni Elías   Valentino Rossi Report
4 25 May   French motorcycle Grand Prix Le Mans   Dani Pedrosa   Toni Elías   Sete Gibernau Report
5 8 June   Italian motorcycle Grand Prix Mugello   Lucio Cecchinello   Manuel Poggiali   Valentino Rossi Report
6 15 June   Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix Catalunya   Dani Pedrosa   Randy de Puniet   Loris Capirossi Report
7 28 June   Dutch TT Assen   Steve Jenkner   Anthony West   Sete Gibernau Report
8 13 July   British motorcycle Grand Prix Donington Park   Héctor Barberá   Fonsi Nieto   Max Biaggi Report
9 27 July   German motorcycle Grand Prix Sachsenring   Stefano Perugini   Roberto Rolfo   Sete Gibernau Report
10 17 August   Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix Brno   Dani Pedrosa   Randy de Puniet   Valentino Rossi Report
11 7 September   Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix Estoril   Pablo Nieto   Toni Elías   Valentino Rossi Report
12 20 September   Rio de Janeiro motorcycle Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro   Jorge Lorenzo   Manuel Poggiali   Valentino Rossi Report
13 5 October   Pacific motorcycle Grand Prix Motegi   Héctor Barberá   Toni Elías   Max Biaggi Report
14 12 October   Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang   Dani Pedrosa   Toni Elías   Valentino Rossi Report
15 19 October   Australian motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island   Andrea Ballerini   Roberto Rolfo   Valentino Rossi Report
16 2 November   Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix Valencia   Casey Stoner   Randy de Puniet   Valentino Rossi Report

ParticipantsEdit

MotoGP participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle Tyre No. Rider Rounds
  Alice Aprilia Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS Cube M 41   Noriyuki Haga All
45   Colin Edwards All
  Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP3 M 12   Troy Bayliss All
65   Loris Capirossi All
  WCM Harris WCM Harris WCM D 35   Chris Burns 1, 11–16
52   José David de Gea 11–16
ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 35   Chris Burns 8–10
Sabre V4 Sabre V4 52   José David de Gea 8–10
  Repsol Honda Honda Honda RC211V M 46   Valentino Rossi All
69   Nicky Hayden All
  Camel Pramac Pons 3   Max Biaggi All
11   Tohru Ukawa All
  Telefónica Movistar Honda 15   Sete Gibernau All
74   Daijiro Kato 1
23   Ryuichi Kiyonari 4–16
  Pramac Honda B 6   Makoto Tamada All
  Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-RR D 8   Garry McCoy All
88   Andrew Pitt All
48   Akira Yanagawa 1, 6
66   Alex Hofmann 3, 5, 7, 9–10
  Moriwaki Racing Moriwaki MD211VF Proto D 25   Tamaki Serizawa 1, 13
 /  Proton Team KR Proton KR Proton KR3
Proton KR5
B 9   Nobuatsu Aoki All
99   Jeremy McWilliams All
  Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R M 10   Kenny Roberts, Jr. 1–5, 9–16
21   John Hopkins 1–13, 15–16
71   Yukio Kagayama 7–8
43   Akira Ryō 14
13
  Fortuna Yamaha Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 M 7   Carlos Checa All
33   Marco Melandri 1, 3–15
17   Norifumi Abe 1–2, 16
  Yamaha Racing Team 4, 9
  Gauloises Yamaha Team 4   Alex Barros All
19   Olivier Jacque All
  D'Antin Yamaha Team 56   Shinya Nakano All
Source: [7]
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

250cc participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Aprilia Germany Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 28   Dirk Heidolf 1-4, 8-16
29   Christian Pistoni 5
30   Klaus Nöhles 6-7
57   Chaz Davies All
Aspar Junior Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 11   Joan Olivé All
33   Héctor Faubel All
Campetella Racing Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 21   Franco Battaini All
50   Sylvain Guintoli 1-13, 15-16
Dark Dog Molenaar Honda Honda NSR250 18   Henk van de Lagemaat All
96   Jakub Smrž 13
98   Katja Poensgen 1-11, 14-15
De Arend Horeca Meubilair Honda Honda NSR250 ??   Randy Gevers 7
Dy Do Miu Racing Team Honda Honda NSR250 72   Yuki Takahashi 1, 13
Elit Grand Prix Honda Honda NSR250 13   Jaroslav Huleš 12-16
96   Jakub Smrž 1-11
Équipe de France - Scrab GP Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 9   Hugo Marchand All
36   Erwan Nigon All
Fortuna Honda Honda Honda NSR250 3   Roberto Rolfo All
J&E Sport Kunstgras Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 ??   Arie Vos 7, 10
Kiefer Castrol-Honda Racing Honda Honda NSR250 15   Christian Gemmel All
Matteoni Racing Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 26   Alex Baldolini All
MRTT Honda Honda NSR250 ??   Jan Blok 7
MS Aprilia Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 54   Manuel Poggiali All
Performance Racing Honda Honda NSR250 ??   Hans Smees 7
Safilo Oxydo - LCR Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 7   Randy de Puniet All
Team Harc-Pro Honda Honda NSR250 92   Hiroshi Aoyama 1, 13
Team Repsol Telefónica MoviStar Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 10   Fonsi Nieto All
24   Toni Elías All
Team Zoppini Abruzzo Aprilia Aprilia RSV 250 14   Anthony West All
16   Johan Stigefelt All
Telefónica MoviStar Junior Team Honda Honda NSR250 5   Sebastián Porto All
Troll Honda BQR Honda Honda NSR250 6   Alex Debón All
34   Eric Bataille 1-4, 6-16
Yamaha Kurz Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 8   Naoki Matsudo All
29   Christian Pistoni 7
13   Jaroslav Huleš 1-4
52   Lukáš Pešek 6, 9-16
53   Teresio Isola 8
Source: [8]
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

125cc participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
KTM - Red Bull KTM KTM 125 FRR 1   Arnaud Vincent 1-9
10   Roberto Locatelli All
36   Mika Kallio 10-16
Sterilgarda Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 1   Arnaud Vincent 11-16
41   Youichi Ui All
42   Gioele Pellino All
Telefónica MoviStar Junior Team Honda Honda RS125R 3   Dani Pedrosa 1-14
Safilo Oxydo - LCR Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 4   Lucio Cecchinello All
27   Casey Stoner 1-9, 12-16
Matteoni Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 6   Mirko Giansanti All
58   Marco Simoncelli All
Abruzzo Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 7   Stefano Perugini All
11   Max Sabbatani All
Ajo Motorsport Honda Honda RS125R 8   Masao Azuma All
36   Mika Kallio 1-9
36   Hiroyuki Kikuchi 10
50   Andrea Ballerini 10
Elit Grand Prix Honda Honda RS125R 12   Thomas Lüthi All
Seedorf Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 14   Chris Martin 1-6
19   Álvaro Bautista All
81   Ismael Ortega 3, 8, 11, 16
88   Robbin Harms 5, 7, 9-16
Globet.com Racing Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 15   Alex de Angelis All
23   Gino Borsoi All
Exalt Cycle Red Devil Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 17   Steve Jenkner All
79   Gábor Talmácsi All
MetaSystem Racing Service Honda Honda RS125R 21   Leon Camier 1-9
28   Michele Danese 12-16
50   Andrea Ballerini 10-16
63   Mike Di Meglio 12-16
78   Peter Lenart 1-11
Master - Mx Onda - Aspar Aprilia Aprilia RS125R 22   Pablo Nieto All
80   Héctor Barberá All
Team Scot Honda Honda RS125R 24   Simone Corsi 1-13, 16
34   Andrea Dovizioso All
Road Racing Team Hungary Honda Honda RS125R 25   Imre Tóth All
Caja Madrid Derbi Racing Derbi Aprilia RS125R 26   Emilio Alzamora All
48   Jorge Lorenzo All
Semprucci - Angaia Malaguti Malaguti Malaguti 125GP 31   Julián Simón All
32   Fabrizio Lai All
Metis Gilera Racing Gilera Aprilia RS125R 33   Stefano Bianco 1-3, 7-16
50   Andrea Ballerini 5-6
Freesoul Racing Gilera Aprilia RS125R 41   Youichi Ui 11-16
Aprilia 63   Mike Di Meglio 1-10
Source: [9]
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

StandingsEdit

MotoGP riders' standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Valentino Rossi Honda 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 357
2   Sete Gibernau Honda 4 1 Ret 1 7 3 1 2 1 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 277
3   Max Biaggi Honda 2 3 2 5 3 14 2 1 Ret 5 2 4 1 3 17 4 228
4   Loris Capirossi Ducati 3 Ret Ret Ret 2 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 6 8 6 2 3 177
5   Nicky Hayden Honda 7 7 Ret 12 12 9 11 8 5 6 9 5 3 4 3 16 130
6   Troy Bayliss Ducati 5 4 3 Ret Ret 10 9 5 3 3 6 10 Ret 9 Ret 7 128
7   Carlos Checa Yamaha 10 9 Ret Ret 8 4 4 6 8 4 8 9 Ret 5 8 5 123
8   Tohru Ukawa Honda 20 6 4 7 6 6 12 Ret 6 8 5 7 7 7 5 Ret 123
9   Alex Barros Yamaha 8 5 5 3 Ret 8 8 DNS Ret 7 11 12 6 15 Ret 6 101
10   Shinya Nakano Yamaha 9 11 8 14 5 5 13 9 7 14 12 8 9 8 7 Ret 101
11   Makoto Tamada Honda Ret 14 6 Ret 4 7 16 13 13 9 10 3 DSQ 10 10 10 87
12   Olivier Jacque Yamaha 15 10 10 4 10 Ret 5 Ret 9 11 13 Ret 13 Ret 6 Ret 71
13   Colin Edwards Aprilia 6 Ret 14 10 9 Ret 7 10 14 12 14 13 17 13 16 8 62
14   Noriyuki Haga Aprilia 12 Ret 11 8 Ret 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 15 14 12 12 14 15 47
15   Marco Melandri Yamaha WD 17 15 11 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 11 5 11 Ret 45
16   Norifumi Abe Yamaha 11 8 11 10 9 31
17   John Hopkins Suzuki 13 13 7 Ret Ret 15 15 11 Ret 17 18 DNS Ret 12 13 29
18   Jeremy McWilliams Proton KR Ret Ret 12 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 19 16 Ret 17 11 12 27
19   Kenny Roberts Jr. Suzuki 14 15 13 16 Ret 15 20 17 17 15 14 9 11 22
20   Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 13 13 11 17 14 18 15 16 15 11 21 19 14 22
21   Nobuatsu Aoki Proton KR Ret 12 9 Ret Ret 16 Ret 15 11 Ret 20 Ret 14 18 18 17 19
22   Garry McCoy Kawasaki 16 17 18 9 15 17 18 16 16 18 Ret Ret Ret 19 13 19 11
23   Alex Hofmann Kawasaki 16 14 10 17 19 8
24   Akira Ryō Suzuki 10 20 6
25   Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Ret 12 4
26   Andrew Pitt Kawasaki 17 16 15 Ret 16 Ret 14 17 19 16 21 18 16 16 15 18 4
  Tamaki Serizawa Moriwaki 19 18 0
  Akira Yanagawa Kawasaki 18 Ret 0
  José David de Gea Sabre V4 Ret 20 DNS 0
Harris WCM 22 19 19 Ret Ret 20
  Chris Burns Harris WCM DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret 20 WD 0
ROC Yamaha Ret WD Ret
  Daijiro Kato Honda Ret 0
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

250cc riders' standingsEdit

[10][8]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Manuel Poggiali Aprilia 1 1 4 Ret 1 Ret 4 2 8 3 2 1 3 2 9 3 249
2   Roberto Rolfo Honda 7 5 2 3 4 9 6 5 1 4 4 2 2 4 1 7 235
3   Toni Elías Aprilia Ret 8 1 1 6 4 13 4 7 2 1 18 1 1 11 2 226
4   Randy de Puniet Aprilia Ret 2 3 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 3 1 3 3 6 5 Ret 1 208
5   Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 6 7 7 4 2 2 Ret 1 2 6 9 Ret 8 3 3 5 194
6   Franco Battaini Aprilia 5 3 11 18 3 6 2 7 5 7 6 Ret Ret 6 4 8 148
7   Anthony West Aprilia Ret 6 5 7 9 3 1 3 6 Ret 10 8 Ret 9 2 Ret 145
8   Sebastián Porto Honda 4 4 6 Ret 8 7 5 6 4 5 5 Ret Ret 8 Ret 6 127
9   Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 8 10 8 5 7 5 Ret 9 Ret 9 8 5 7 7 6 11 119
10   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 10 9 Ret 6 5 8 3 Ret Ret 8 7 4 Ret DNS Ret 4 101
11   Alex Debón Honda 11 DSQ 9 8 12 11 11 10 9 DNS 11 11 9 Ret 5 10 81
12   Joan Olivé Aprilia 13 Ret 10 10 10 10 23 Ret 17 16 Ret 7 19 14 18 Ret 38
13   Héctor Faubel Aprilia Ret 11 Ret 11 15 Ret 17 12 Ret 10 13 6 Ret Ret 16 Ret 34
14   Chaz Davies Aprilia 18 15 18 Ret 13 Ret 24 13 12 14 20 9 11 20 15 13 33
15   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2 5 31
16   Erwan Nigon Aprilia 12 17 Ret 17 17 14 7 Ret 14 Ret 16 12 17 Ret 7 Ret 30
17   Alex Baldolini Aprilia Ret 12 12 13 Ret Ret 14 17 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret 30
18   Yuki Takahashi Honda 3 4 29
19   Eric Bataille Honda 16 13 13 15 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 28
20   Johan Stigefelt Aprilia 14 14 Ret 12 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret Ret DNS 13 Ret Ret 10 17 26
21   Dirk Heidolf Aprilia Ret Ret 15 Ret 15 11 13 17 14 14 11 13 12 26
22   Christian Gemmel Honda Ret 18 14 9 16 15 8 Ret Ret 15 15 16 12 16 Ret Ret 24
23   Hugo Marchand Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 14 11 Ret 9 16 Ret 11 Ret Ret 16 13 14 Ret 24
24   Jakub Smrž Honda 15 Ret 17 19 14 Ret 12 14 13 Ret Ret 18 14 14
25   Jaroslav Huleš Yamaha 17 16 16 16 DNS 10
Honda 15 Ret 15 8 Ret
26   Tekkyu Kayo Yamaha 9 7
27   Choujun Kameya Honda 10 6
28   Jay Vincent Aprilia 11 5
29   Klaus Nöhles Aprilia 12 15 5
30   Lukáš Pešek Yamaha 16 16 17 Ret 17 Ret Ret 12 19 4
31   Max Neukirchner Honda 15 1
32   Masaki Tokudome Yamaha 15 1
33   Radomil Rous Aprilia Ret 15 1
  Henk vd Lagemaat Honda 19 19 20 20 18 18 16 18 Ret Ret 23 19 20 18 17 18 0
  Álvaro Molina Aprilia 19 DNS 19 16 0
  Katja Poensgen Honda 20 Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 18 19 18 20 Ret DNS 17 Ret 0
  Vesa Kallio Yamaha 19 18 18 0
  Christian Pistoni Aprilia 19 0
Yamaha 20
  Jan Blok Honda 19 0
  Michal Filla Yamaha 19 0
  Shi Zhao Huang Yamaha 19 0
  Patrick Lakerveld Aprilia 20 0
  Arie Vos Yamaha 21 21 0
  Luis Castro Yamaha 21 0
  Frederik Watz Yamaha 21 0
  Hans Smees Honda 22 0
  Gábor Rizmayer Honda 22 0
  Miguel Praia Yamaha 22 0
  Tomoyoshi Koyama Yamaha Ret Ret 0
  Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Ret 0
  Samuel Aubry Honda Ret 0
  Christophe Rastel Honda Ret 0
  Lee Dickinson Yamaha Ret 0
  Phillip Desborough Yamaha Ret 0
  Tomas Palander Honda Ret 0
  Norman Rank Honda Ret 0
  Geoff Hardcastle Yamaha Ret 0
  Grégory Leblanc Honda DNS DNQ 0
  Vincent Eisen Honda DNQ 0
  Randy Gevers Honda DNQ 0
  Andrew Sawford Honda DNQ 0
  Nico Kehrer Honda DNQ 0
  Zi Xian He Yamaha DNQ 0
  Mark Rowling Yamaha DNQ 0
  Peter Taplin Honda DNQ 0
  Rodney Camm Honda DNQ 0
  Brett Underwood Yamaha DNQ 0
  Yves Polzer Honda DNQ 0
  Teresio Isola Yamaha EX 0
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

125cc riders' standingsEdit

[11][9]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Dani Pedrosa Honda 8 1 4 1 2 1 8 Ret 4 1 4 4 6 1 WD 223
2   Alex de Angelis Aprilia Ret 6 3 Ret 5 3 6 4 3 3 3 3 9 6 7 Ret 166
3   Héctor Barberá Aprilia Ret 13 7 11 9 Ret 3 1 14 5 2 9 1 8 6 3 164
4   Stefano Perugini Aprilia 1 Ret 5 7 7 5 5 3 1 2 Ret 7 4 Ret Ret 13 162
5   Andrea Dovizioso Honda 5 2 9 3 4 Ret 10 2 7 6 8 6 3 13 Ret 8 157
6   Steve Jenkner Aprilia 3 3 2 8 Ret 4 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 5 Ret 3 2 151
7   Pablo Nieto Aprilia 7 5 Ret 5 3 17 2 6 5 Ret 1 5 8 9 Ret 7 148
8   Casey Stoner Aprilia Ret 10 6 4 18 Ret Ret 5 2 DNS DNS 2 2 Ret Ret 1 125
9   Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 4 8 1 2 1 Ret 16 10 8 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 9 112
10   Mirko Giansanti Aprilia 2 15 10 12 11 12 15 11 11 7 10 14 11 7 Ret 5 93
11   Mika Kallio Honda 11 7 16 Ret 13 7 11 7 10 88
KTM 4 DSQ 19 7 2 Ret Ret
12   Jorge Lorenzo Derbi Ret 24 15 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 21 12 6 1 Ret 3 8 11 79
13   Youichi Ui Aprilia 6 4 8 6 6 Ret 4 Ret Ret 9 76
Gilera DNS 21 17 18 11 Ret
14   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 9 6 11 7 8 14 14 9 12 70
15   Thomas Lüthi Honda 9 17 12 9 15 2 7 22 Ret Ret Ret 15 10 4 16 DNS 68
16   Masao Azuma Honda 17 9 11 10 14 22 Ret 13 Ret 13 13 Ret 13 5 2 15 64
17   Gino Borsoi Aprilia 10 11 13 13 8 8 13 19 17 8 Ret 12 Ret 20 Ret 10 54
18   Arnaud Vincent KTM Ret 12 22 Ret 21 14 Ret 8 Ret 39
Aprilia 5 13 19 16 5 Ret
19   Simone Corsi Honda 12 14 21 14 12 15 Ret 9 Ret 9 22 15 14 DNS DNS Ret 32
20   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 18 25 17 Ret 28 28 Ret 14 Ret 16 15 16 12 15 4 6 31
21   Marco Simoncelli Aprilia 21 20 14 Ret 17 16 20 16 12 14 DNS 11 Ret 11 Ret 4 31
22   Andrea Ballerini Gilera 19 18 25
Honda Ret Ret Ret 20 19 1 Ret
23   Gioele Pellino Aprilia 15 16 20 Ret 10 11 Ret 12 13 10 Ret 26 Ret Ret Ret Ret 25
24   Roberto Locatelli KTM 23 28 Ret 15 20 10 Ret Ret 18 17 11 17 Ret 10 Ret 17 18
25   Fabrizio Lai Malaguti 16 18 23 Ret Ret 19 14 Ret 15 18 12 24 18 17 13 18 10
26   Robbin Harms Aprilia 25 DSQ 16 19 Ret 23 22 21 10 14 8
27   Stefano Bianco Gilera Ret 21 Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 20 14 20 16 12 15 21 7
28   Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 22 22 28 17 Ret 13 19 15 Ret 15 5
Honda Ret Ret 22 Ret Ret
29   Julián Simón Malaguti 19 27 Ret 20 Ret 24 17 18 20 22 Ret 25 24 25 12 19 4
30   Max Sabbatani Aprilia 13 Ret 24 18 23 21 22 Ret DNS Ret 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 3
31   Emilio Alzamora Derbi Ret 23 18 19 Ret Ret 21 Ret Ret 21 19 Ret Ret 23 14 24 2
  Imre Tóth Honda 24 Ret 26 23 27 20 23 17 Ret 23 Ret Ret 26 24 Ret 0
Aprilia 22
  Péter Lénárt Honda Ret 29 Ret 22 31 26 Ret 20 22 Ret Ret 0
  Leon Camier Honda 26 Ret 30 24 30 27 Ret Ret 23 0
  Michele Danese Honda 27 Ret 26 17 Ret 0
  Christopher Martin Honda 25 26 Ret 21 Ret Ret 0
  Sadahito Suma Honda Ret 25 0
  Ismael Ortega Aprilia 27 WD 21 20 23 0
  Mattia Angeloni Honda 24 16 0
  Hiroyuki Kikuchi Honda DNS 0
Pos. Rider Bike JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

Manufacturers' standingsEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos Constructor Pts
1   Honda 395
2   Ducati 225
3   Yamaha 175
4   Aprilia 81
5   Suzuki 43
6  / Proton KR 38
7   Kawasaki 19
  Moriwaki 0
  Harris WCM 0

250cc manufacturers standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Pts
1   Aprilia 390
2   Honda 252
3   Yamaha 119

125cc manufacturers standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Pts
1   Aprilia 343
2   Honda 286
3   Derbi 79
4   KTM 66
5   Gilera 11
6   Malaguti 11

Teams' standingsEdit

  • Each team gets the total points scored by their two riders, including replacement riders. In one rider team, only the points scored by that rider will be counted. Wildcard riders do not score points.
  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions or stopped by rain.

MotoGPEdit

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Team Constructor Rider(s) JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Repsol Honda Team   Honda   Valentino Rossi 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 487
  Nicky Hayden 7 7 Ret 12 12 9 11 8 5 6 9 5 3 4 3 16
2   Camel Pramac Pons   Honda   Max Biaggi 2 3 2 5 3 14 2 1 Ret 5 2 4 1 3 17 4 351
  Tohru Ukawa 20 6 4 7 6 6 12 Ret 6 8 5 7 7 7 5 Ret
3   Ducati Marlboro Team   Ducati   Troy Bayliss 5 4 3 Ret Ret 10 9 5 3 3 6 10 Ret 9 Ret 7 305
  Loris Capirossi 3 Ret Ret Ret 2 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 6 8 6 2 3
4   Telefónica Movistar Honda   Honda   Sete Gibernau 4 1 Ret 1 7 3 1 2 1 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 299
  Daijiro Kato Ret
  Ryuichi Kiyonari 13 13 11 17 14 18 15 16 15 11 21 19 14
5   Fortuna Yamaha Team   Yamaha   Carlos Checa 10 9 Ret Ret 8 4 4 6 8 4 8 9 Ret 5 8 5 185
  Marco Melandri WD 17 15 11 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 11 5 11 Ret
  Norifumi Abe 11 8 9
6   Gauloises Yamaha Team   Yamaha   Alex Barros 8 5 5 3 Ret 8 8 DNS Ret 7 11 12 6 15 Ret 6 172
  Olivier Jacque 15 10 10 4 10 Ret 5 Ret 9 11 13 Ret 13 Ret 6 Ret
7   Alice Aprilia Racing   Aprilia   Noriyuki Haga 12 Ret 11 8 Ret 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 15 14 12 12 14 15 109
  Colin Edwards 6 Ret 14 10 9 Ret 7 10 14 12 14 13 17 13 16 8
8   D'Antin Yamaha Team   Yamaha   Shinya Nakano 9 11 8 14 5 5 13 9 7 14 12 8 9 8 7 Ret 101
9   Pramac Honda   Honda   Makoto Tamada Ret 14 6 Ret 4 7 16 13 13 9 10 3 DSQ 10 10 10 87
10   Suzuki Grand Prix Team   Suzuki   Kenny Roberts Jr. 14 15 13 16 Ret 15 20 17 17 15 14 9 11 55
  Yukio Kagayama Ret 12
  John Hopkins 13 13 7 Ret Ret 15 15 11 Ret 17 18 DNS Ret 12 13
  Akira Ryō 20
11  /  Proton Team KR  /  Proton KR   Nobuatsu Aoki Ret 12 9 Ret Ret 16 Ret 15 11 Ret 20 Ret 14 18 18 17 46
  Jeremy McWilliams Ret Ret 12 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 19 16 Ret 17 11 12
12   Kawasaki Racing Team   Kawasaki   Garry McCoy 16 17 18 9 15 17 18 16 16 18 Ret Ret Ret 19 13 19 15
  Andrew Pitt 17 16 15 Ret 16 Ret 14 17 19 16 21 18 16 16 15 18
  World Championship Motorsports   Harris WCM   Chris Burns DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret 20 WD 0
  ROC Yamaha Ret WD Ret
  Sabre V4   José David de Gea Ret 20 DNS
  Harris WCM 22 19 19 Ret Ret 20
Pos Team Constructor Rider(s) JPN
 
SAF
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GBR
 
GER
 
CZE
 
POR
 
RIO
 
PAC
 
MAL
 
AUS
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

ReferencesEdit

  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-07.
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