2003 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  2003 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 races in the
2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date 25 May 2003
Official Name Grand Prix Polini de France
Location Bugatti Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
4.180 km (2.597 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 1:35.208
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Noriyuki Haga
Time 1:36.688
Podium
First Spain Sete Gibernau
Second Italy Valentino Rossi
Third Brazil Alex Barros
250 cc
Pole position
Rider San Marino Manuel Poggiali
Time 1:39.229
Fastest lap
Rider France Randy de Puniet
Time 1:40.356
Podium
First Spain Toni Elías
Second France Randy de Puniet
Third Italy Roberto Rolfo
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Time 1:43.565
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa
Time 1:43.837
Podium
First Spain Dani Pedrosa
Second Italy Lucio Cecchinello
Third Italy Andrea Dovizioso

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.

MotoGP classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Grid Points
1 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda 24:29.665 7 25
2 Italy Valentino Rossi Honda +0.165 1 20
3 Brazil Alex Barros Yamaha +1.793 2 16
4 France Olivier Jacque Yamaha +29.912 16 13
5 Italy Max Biaggi Honda +31.493 5 11
6 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Proton +33.946 12 10
7 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda +35.447 8 9
8 Japan Noriyuki Haga Aprilia +36.231 18 8
9 Australia Garry McCoy Kawasaki +51.251 22 7
10 United States Colin Edwards Aprilia +1:01.802 19 6
11 Japan Norifumi Abe Yamaha +1 Lap 10 5
12 United States Nicky Hayden Honda +1 Lap 13 4
13 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda +1 Lap 23 3
14 Japan Shinya Nakano Yamaha +2 Laps 9 2
15 Italy Marco Melandri Yamaha +2 Laps 4 1
16 United States Kenny Roberts Jr Suzuki +2 Laps 17
Ret Australia Andrew Pitt Kawasaki Retirement 21
Ret United States John Hopkins Suzuki Retirement 11
Ret Spain Carlos Checa Yamaha Retirement 6
Ret Italy Loris Capirossi Ducati Retirement 3
Ret Japan Makoto Tamada Honda Retirement 15
Ret Australia Troy Bayliss Ducati Retirement 14
Ret Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Proton Retirement 20

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Grid Points
1 Spain Toni Elías Aprilia 43:55.538 5 25
2 France Randy de Puniet Aprilia +3.740 3 20
3 Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda +4.562 9 16
4 Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia +4.972 4 13
5 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha +5.122 8 11
6 France Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia +6.100 7 10
7 Australia Anthony West Aprilia +29.672 10 9
8 Spain Alex Debón Honda +34.885 17 8
9 Germany Christian Gemmel Honda +35.013 22 7
10 Spain Joan Olivé Aprilia +35.559 13 6
11 Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia +45.562 15 5
12 Sweden Johann Stigefelt Aprilia +54.955 14 4
13 Italy Alex Baldolini Aprilia +55.049 23 3
14 France Hugo Marchand Aprilia +55.794 12 2
15 France Eric Bataille Honda +56.183 18 1
16 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Yamaha +57.386 21
17 France Erwan Nigon Aprilia +1:27.351 11
18 Italy Franco Battaini Aprilia +1:36.597 2
19 Czech Republic Jakub Smrž Honda +1 Lap 20
20 Netherlands Henk vd Lagemaat Honda +1 Lap 24
Ret United Kingdom Chaz Davies Aprilia Retirement 16
Ret Germany Dirk Heidolf Aprilia Retirement 19
Ret San Marino Manuel Poggiali Aprilia Retirement 1
Ret Argentina Sebastián Porto Honda Retirement 6
Ret France Samuel Aubry Honda Retirement 25

125 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Grid Points
1 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 41:58.500 6 25
2 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia +2.337 7 20
3 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda +2.427 1 16
4 Australia Casey Stoner Aprilia +11.278 4 13
5 Spain Pablo Nieto Aprilia +11.814 18 11
6 Japan Youichi Ui Aprilia +12.592 2 10
7 Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia +18.930 16 9
8 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia +25.206 19 8
9 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Honda +29.471 10 7
10 Japan Masao Azuma Honda +33.910 15 6
11 Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia +44.379 9 5
12 Italy Mirko Giansanti Aprilia +44.537 12 4
13 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia +55.218 13 3
14 Italy Simone Corsi Honda +58.773 20 2
15 Italy Roberto Locatelli KTM +58.962 29 1
16 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia +1:07.803 17
17 France Mike Di Meglio Aprilia +1:17.604 28
18 Italy Max Sabbatani Aprilia +1:20.140 21
19 Spain Emilio Alzamora Derbi +1:40.757 22
20 Spain Julian Simon Malaguti +1:43.908 27
21 United Kingdom Chris Martin Aprilia +1:49.778 34
22 Hungary Peter Lenart Honda +1 Lap 36
23 Hungary Imre Tóth Honda +1 Lap 32
24 United Kingdom Leon Camier Honda +1 Lap 38
25 France Jimmy Petit Honda +1 Lap 31
Ret San Marino Alex de Angelis Aprilia Retirement 5
Ret Italy Fabrizio Lai Malaguti Retirement 23
Ret France William Gautier Honda Retirement 33
Ret Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia Retirement 24
Ret France Grégory Lefort Aprilia Retirement 35
Ret France Xavier Herouin Honda Retirement 37
Ret France Alexis Masbou Honda Retirement 30
Ret Italy Marco Simoncelli Aprilia Retirement 26
Ret Italy Gioele Pellino Aprilia Retirement 25
Ret Spain Jorge Lorenzo Derbi Retirement 3
Ret Finland Mika Kallio Honda Retirement 14
Ret France Arnaud Vincent KTM Retirement 8

Notes[edit]

  • The MotoGP race was stopped due to heavy rain. It was later restarted with the grid order determined by the running order after the suspension. The second part of the race determined the final result.


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