Àlex Crivillé

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Crivillé and the second or maternal family name is Tapias.
Àlex Crivillé Tapias
Alex Criville 1996 Japanese GP.jpg
Crivillé at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix.
Nationality Spanish
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1987 - 2001
First race 1987 80cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 2001 500cc Brazilian Grand Prix
First win 1989 125cc Australian Grand Prix
Last win 2000 500cc French Grand Prix
Team(s) Derbi, Hummel Motorsports, JJ Cobas, Yamaha, Honda
Championships 1989 - 125cc
1999 - 500cc
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
193 20 66 12 20 2012

Àlex Crivillé Tapias (born March 4, 1970 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In 1992 he became the first Spaniard to win a 500cc Grand Prix and, in 1999 he became the first Spaniard to win the 500cc World Championship.[1][2]

Pre 500 cc[edit]

Crivillé falsified his age in order to start racing at 14 in 1985, the minimum age for a license being 15 in Spain. In that year he won the Criterium Solo Moto, a national series for 75 cc Honda streetbikes.[3]

Crivillé started his international career in the now-defunct 80cc World Championship on team Derbi, taking a 2nd place in his very first race in 1987.[1] He was second overall in 1988 while also dabbling in the 125cc series, which he raced full-time in 1989.[1][2] He won the 125cc World Championship in his first attempt riding for the JJ Cobas team, claiming 5 victories.[1][2]

In 1990 he stepped up to the 250 cc class for Giacomo Agostini's team, before returning to the Cobas team a year later. He never won a 250cc race.[1]

500 cc[edit]

Nonetheless, Crivillé joined the Sito Pons team in 500cc for 1992, taking 8th overall, and his first win at Assen in a race missed by Mick Doohan, Wayne Rainey and Wayne Gardner due to injuries.[1] In 1993, he again finished 8th in the championship.[1] 1994 was his first year as a full factory Honda rider, as Mick Doohan's team-mate on the Repsol-backed Hondas which would dominate 500cc and MotoGP racing in years to come. Crivillé was fourth in 1995 and 1997, runner-up in 1996 with 11 podium finishes, and 3rd in 1998.[1]

Doohan's career-ending crash in 1999 opened the door for Crivillé, and he took six wins, including his 100th 500 cc start at Donington Park,[4] clinching the world championship with one race to spare.[1][2] However, he finished 9th in 2000 and 8th in 2001 (with a third place at Jerez).[1] Fired by Repsol Honda, he planned to spend the 2002 MotoGP season with the d'Antin Yamaha team, but was forced to retire due to undetermined health problems, the main symptom being fainting spells that started during the 2000 pre-season,[5] and had continued over the following 2 years.[6]

Grand Prix career statistics [1][edit]

Points system from 1969 to 1987:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1988 to 1992:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Rank Wins
1987 80cc Derbi Derbi 80 ESP
2
GER
-
NAT
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
NC
GBR
-
CZE
-
RSM
-
POR
NC
12 11th 0
1988 80cc Derbi Derbi 80 ESP
3
EXP
3
NAT
4
GER
2
NED
NC
YUG
3
CZE
3
90 2nd 0
125cc Hummel Hummel 125 ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
NED
-
BEL
NC
YUG
-
FRA
-
GBR
9
SWE
NC
CZE
17
7 31st 0
1989 125cc JJ Cobas Cobas-Rotax 125 JPN
-
AUS
1
ESP
1
NAT
NC
GER
1
AUT
3
NED
2
BEL
NC
FRA
2
GBR
2
SWE
1
CZE
1
166 1st 5
1990 250cc Marlboro Yamaha TZ250 JPN
-
USA
NC
ESP
7
NAT
NC
GER
11
AUT
NC
YUG
7
NED
NC
BEL
NC
FRA
8
GBR
8
SWE
9
CZE
7
HUN
5
AUS
6
76 11th 0
1991 250cc JJ Cobas Cobas Honda 250 JPN
NC
AUS
NC
USA
9
ESP
NC
ITA
NC
GER
7
AUT
9
EUR
NC
NED
NC
FRA
9
GBR
NC
RSM
NC
CZE
5
VDM
NC
MAL
6
51 13th 0
1992 500cc Campsa-Pons Honda NSR500 JPN
NC
AUS
7
MAL
3
ESP
NC
ITA
8
EUR
NC
GER
4
NED
1
HUN
DSQ
FRA
NC
GBR
NC
BRA
6
RSA
7
59 8th 1
1993 500cc Marlboro-Pons Honda NSR500 AUS
6
MAL
5
JPN
5
ESP
3
AUT
NC
GER
4
NED
3
EUR
NC
RSM
NC
GBR
NC
CZE
8
ITA
6
USA
7
FIM
4
117 8th 0
1994 500cc HRC Honda NSR500 AUS
6
MAL
8
JPN
7
ESP
5
AUT
3
GER
4
NED
3
ITA
NC
FRA
3
GBR
6
CZE
4
USA
-
ARG
7
EUR
4
144 6th 0
1995 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 AUS
3
MAL
3
JPN
NC
ESP
3
GER
4
ITA
5
NED
2
FRA
NC
GBR
3
CZE
6
BRA
6
ARG
4
EUR
1
166 4th 1
1996 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 MAL
NC
INA
4
JPN
2
ESP
NC
ITA
2
FRA
2
NED
2
GER
3
GBR
2
AUT
1
CZE
1
IMO
2
CAT
3
BRA
2
AUS
6
245 2nd 2
1997 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 MAL
2
JPN
2
ESP
1
ITA
4
AUT
5
FRA
4
NED
-
IMO
-
GER
-
BRA
-
GBR
-
CZE
4
CAT
3
INA
3
AUS
1
172 4th 2
1998 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 JPN
4
MAL
4
ESP
1
ITA
3
FRA
1
MAD
5
NED
6
GBR
4
GER
3
CZE
2
IMO
2
CAT
NC
AUS
3
ARG
NC
198 3rd 2
1999 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 MAL
3
JPN
4
ESP
1
FRA
1
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
NC
GBR
1
GER
2
CZE
2
IMO
1
VAL
NC
AUS
5
RSA
3
BRA
6
ARG
5
267 1st 6
2000 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 RSA
5
MAL
NC
JPN
6
ESP
4
FRA
1
ITA
NC
CAT
NC
NED
2
GBR
7
GER
NC
CZE
7
POR
6
VAL
NC
BRA
11
PAC
6
AUS
NC
122 9th 1
2001 500cc Repsol Honda NSR500 JPN
9
RSA
6
ESP
3
FRA
5
ITA
4
CAT
11
NED
NC
GBR
7
GER
DNS
CZE
2
POR
NC
VAL
NC
PAC
11
AUS
11
MAL
6
BRA
7
120 8th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Rider Statistics - Àlex Crivillé". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d Àlex Crivillé profile at crash.net
  3. ^ Noyes, D. "Dreams Come True", pages 37-38. Motocourse 1999-2000, Scott, M. (ed.) Richmond: Hazleton Publishing Ltd, 1999.
  4. ^ Jennings, B.: Injured Criville takes the race and the championship lead, May 7, 1999.
  5. ^ Motocourse 2000-2001, Scott, M. (ed.) Page 36. Richmond: Hazleton Publishing Ltd, 2000.
  6. ^ Motorcycling: Criville not forced out by epilepsy The Independent, February 21, 2002.

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Preceded by
Michael Doohan
500cc Motorcycle World Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Kenny Roberts, Jr.
Preceded by
Jorge Martínez
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Loris Capirossi