2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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2003 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 55th F.I.M. Road racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

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.

Grands Prix[edit]

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

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. 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' standings[edit]

  • Riders marked with light blue background are eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions or stopped by rain.

MotoGP[edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 Italy Valentino Rossi Honda 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 357
2 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda 4 1 Ret 1 7 3 1 2 1 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 277
3 Italy Max Biaggi Honda 2 3 2 5 3 14 2 1 Ret 5 2 4 1 3 17 4 228
4 Italy Loris Capirossi Ducati 3 Ret Ret Ret 2 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 6 8 6 2 3 177
5 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 7 7 Ret 12 12 9 11 8 5 6 9 5 3 4 3 16 130
6 Australia Troy Bayliss Ducati 5 4 3 Ret Ret 10 9 5 3 3 6 10 Ret 9 Ret 7 128
7 Spain Carlos Checa Yamaha 10 9 Ret Ret 8 4 4 6 8 4 8 9 Ret 5 8 5 123
8 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 20 6 4 7 6 6 12 Ret 6 8 5 7 7 7 5 Ret 123
9 Brazil Alex Barros Yamaha 8 5 5 3 Ret 8 8 DNS Ret 7 11 12 6 15 Ret 6 101
10 Japan Shinya Nakano Yamaha 9 11 8 14 5 5 13 9 7 14 12 8 9 8 7 Ret 101
11 Japan Makoto Tamada Honda Ret 14 6 Ret 4 7 16 13 13 9 10 3 DSQ 10 10 10 87
12 France Olivier Jacque Yamaha 15 10 10 4 10 Ret 5 Ret 9 11 13 Ret 13 Ret 6 Ret 71
13 United States Colin Edwards Aprilia 6 Ret 14 10 9 Ret 7 10 14 12 14 13 17 13 16 8 62
14 Japan Noriyuki Haga Aprilia 12 Ret 11 8 Ret 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 15 14 12 12 14 15 47
15 Italy Marco Melandri Yamaha WD 17 15 11 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 11 5 11 Ret 45
16 Japan Norick Abe Yamaha 11 8 11 10 9 31
17 United States John Hopkins Suzuki 13 13 7 Ret Ret 15 15 11 Ret 17 18 DNS Ret 12 13 29
18 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Proton KR Ret Ret 12 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 19 16 Ret 17 11 12 27
19 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 14 15 13 16 Ret 15 20 17 17 15 14 9 11 22
20 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 13 13 11 17 14 18 15 16 15 11 21 19 14 22
21 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Proton KR Ret 12 9 Ret Ret 16 Ret 15 11 Ret 20 Ret 14 18 18 17 19
22 Australia Garry McCoy Kawasaki 16 17 18 9 15 17 18 16 16 18 Ret Ret Ret 19 13 19 11
23 Germany Alex Hofmann Kawasaki 16 14 10 17 19 8
24 Japan Akira Ryo Suzuki 10 20 6
25 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Ret 12 4
26 Australia Andrew Pitt Kawasaki 17 16 15 Ret 16 Ret 14 17 19 16 21 18 16 16 15 18 4
Japan Tamaki Serizawa Moriwaki 19 18 0
Japan Akira Yanagawa Kawasaki 18 Ret 0
Spain José David de Gea Sabre V4 Ret 20 DNS 0
Harris WCM 22 19 19 Ret Ret 20
United Kingdom Chris Burns Harris WCM DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret 20 DNQ 0
ROC Yamaha Ret DNQ Ret
Japan Daijiro Kato Honda Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc[edit]

Relsult as follows[3][4]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Aprilia 1 1 4 Ret 1 Ret 4 2 8 3 2 1 3 2 9 3 249
2 Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda 7 5 2 3 4 9 6 5 1 4 4 2 2 4 1 7 235
3 Spain Toni Elías Aprilia Ret 8 1 1 6 4 13 4 7 2 1 18 1 1 11 2 226
4 France Randy De Puniet Aprilia Ret 2 3 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 3 1 3 3 6 5 Ret 1 208
5 Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 6 7 7 4 2 2 Ret 1 2 6 9 Ret 8 3 3 5 194
6 Italy Franco Battaini Aprilia 5 3 11 18 3 6 2 7 5 7 6 Ret Ret 6 4 8 148
7 Australia Anthony West Aprilia Ret 6 5 7 9 3 1 3 6 Ret 10 8 Ret 9 2 Ret 145
8 Argentina Sebastián Porto Honda 4 4 6 Ret 8 7 5 6 4 5 5 Ret Ret 8 Ret 6 127
9 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 8 10 8 5 7 5 Ret 9 Ret 9 8 5 7 7 6 11 119
10 France Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 10 9 Ret 6 5 8 3 Ret Ret 8 7 4 Ret DNS Ret 4 101
11 Spain Alex Debón Honda 11 Ret 9 8 12 11 11 10 9 WD 11 11 9 Ret 5 10 81
12 Spain Joan Olivé Aprilia 13 Ret 10 10 10 10 23 Ret 17 16 Ret 7 19 14 18 Ret 38
13 Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia Ret 11 Ret 11 15 Ret 17 20 18 Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 16 Ret 34
14 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Aprilia 18 15 18 Ret 13 Ret 24 13 12 14 20 9 11 20 15 13 33
15 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2 5 31
16 France Erwan Nigon Aprilia 12 17 Ret 17 17 14 7 Ret 14 Ret 16 12 17 Ret 7 Ret 30
17 Italy Alex Baldolini Aprilia Ret 12 12 13 Ret Ret 14 17 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret 30
18 Japan Yuki Takahashi Honda 3 4 29
19 France Eric Bataille Honda 16 13 13 15 WD Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 28
20 Sweden Johan Stigefelt Aprilia 14 14 Ret 12 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret Ret DNS 13 Ret Ret 10 17 26
21 Germany Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 19 Ret 15 Ret 15 11 13 17 14 14 11 13 12 26
22 Germany Christian Gemmel Honda Ret 18 14 9 16 15 8 Ret Ret 15 15 16 12 16 Ret Ret 24
23 France Hugo Marchand Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 14 11 Ret 9 16 Ret 11 Ret Ret 16 13 14 Ret 24
24 Czech Republic Jakub Smrž Honda 15 Ret 17 19 14 Ret 12 14 13 Ret Ret 18 13 14
25 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Yamaha 17 16 16 16 10
Honda 15 Ret 15 8 Ret
26 Japan Tekkyu Kayo Yamaha 9 7
27 Japan Chojun Kameya Honda 10 6
28 United Kingdom Jason Vincent Aprilia 11 5
29 Germany Klaus Nöhles Aprilia 12 15 5
30 Czech Republic Lukáš Pešek Yamaha 16 16 17 Ret 17 Ret Ret 12 19 4
31 Germany Max Neukirchner Honda 15 1
32 Japan Masaki Tokudome Yamaha 15 1
33 Czech Republic Radomil Rous Aprilia Ret 15 1
Netherlands Henk vd Lagemaat Honda 19 19 20 20 18 18 16 18 Ret Ret 23 19 20 18 17 18 0
Germany Katja Poensgen Honda 20 Ret 17 18 19 18 20 Ret 17 Ret 0
Italy Christian Pistoni Aprilia 19 20 0
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc[edit]

Result as follows[5][6]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 8 1 4 1 2 1 8 Ret 4 1 4 4 6 1 223
2 San Marino Alex de Angelis Aprilia Ret 6 3 Ret 7 3 6 4 3 3 3 3 9 6 7 Ret 166
3 Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia Ret 13 7 11 9 Ret 3 1 14 5 2 9 1 8 6 3 164
4 Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia 1 Ret 5 7 7 5 5 3 1 2 Ret 7 4 Ret Ret 13 162
5 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda 5 2 9 3 4 Ret 10 2 7 6 8 6 3 13 Ret 8 157
6 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia 3 3 2 8 Ret 4 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 5 Ret 3 2 151
7 Spain Pablo Nieto Aprilia 7 5 Ret 5 3 17 2 6 5 Ret 1 5 8 9 Ret 7 148
8 Australia Casey Stoner Aprilia Ret 10 6 4 18 Ret Ret 5 2 2 2 Ret Ret 1 125
9 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 4 8 1 2 1 Ret 16 10 8 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 9 112
10 Italy Mirko Giansanti Aprilia 2 15 10 12 11 12 15 11 11 7 10 14 11 7 Ret 5 93
11 Finland Mika Kallio Honda 11 7 16 Ret 13 7 11 7 10 88
KTM 4 Ret 19 7 2 Ret Ret
12 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Derbi Ret 24 15 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 21 12 6 1 Ret 3 8 11 79
13 Japan Youichi Ui Aprilia 6 4 8 6 6 Ret 4 Ret Ret 9 76
Gilera DNS 21 17 18 11 Ret
14 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 9 6 11 7 8 14 14 9 12 70
15 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Honda 9 17 12 9 15 2 7 22 Ret Ret Ret 15 10 4 16 DNS 68
16 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 17 9 11 10 14 22 Ret 13 Ret 13 13 Ret 13 5 2 15 64
17 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia 10 11 13 13 8 8 13 19 17 8 Ret 12 Ret 20 Ret 10 54
18 France Arnaud Vincent KTM Ret 12 22 Ret 21 14 Ret 8 Ret 39
Aprilia 5 13 19 16 5 Ret
19 Italy Simone Corsi Honda 12 14 21 14 12 15 Ret 9 Ret 9 22 15 14 Ret 32
20 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 18 25 17 Ret 28 28 Ret 14 Ret 16 15 16 12 15 4 6 31
21 Italy Marco Simoncelli Aprilia 21 20 14 Ret 17 16 20 16 12 14 Ret 11 Ret 11 Ret 4 31
22 Italy Andrea Ballerini Gilera 19 18 25
Honda Ret Ret Ret 20 19 1 Ret
23 Italy Gioele Pellino Aprilia 15 16 20 Ret 10 11 Ret 12 13 10 Ret 26 Ret Ret Ret Ret 25
24 Italy Roberto Locatelli KTM 23 28 Ret 15 20 10 Ret Ret 18 17 11 17 Ret 10 Ret 17 18
25 Italy Fabrizio Lai Malaguti 16 18 23 Ret Ret 19 14 Ret 15 18 12 24 18 17 13 18 10
26 Denmark Robbin Harms Aprilia 25 Ret 16 19 Ret 23 22 21 10 14 8
27 Italy Stefano Bianco Gilera Ret 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 14 20 16 12 15 21 7
28 France Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 22 22 28 17 Ret 13 19 15 Ret 15 5
Honda Ret Ret 22 Ret Ret
29 Spain Julián Simón Malaguti 19 27 Ret 20 Ret 24 17 18 20 22 Ret 25 24 25 12 19 4
30 Italy Max Sabbatani Aprilia 13 Ret 24 18 23 21 22 Ret DNS Ret 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 3
31 Spain Emilio Alzamora Derbi Ret 23 18 19 Ret Ret 21 Ret Ret 21 19 Ret Ret 23 14 24 2
Hungary Imre Tóth Aprilia 24 Ret 26 23 27 20 23 17 Ret 23 Ret Ret 26 24 Ret 22 0
Hungary Péter Lénárt Honda Ret 29 Ret 22 31 26 Ret 20 22 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Leon Camier Honda 26 Ret 30 24 30 27 Ret Ret 23 0
Italy Michele Danese Honda 27 Ret 26 17 Ret 0
United Kingdom Christopher Martin Honda 25 26 Ret 21 Ret Ret 0
Japan Sadahito Suma Honda Ret 25 0
Spain Ismael Ortega Aprilia 27 21 20 23 0
Italy Mattia Angeloni Honda 24 16 0
Japan Hiroyuki Kikuchi Honda DNS 0
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
RIO
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

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

250cc manufacturers standings[edit]

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

125cc manufacturers standings[edit]

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

Participants[edit]

MotoGP participants[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noyes, D. Rossi: Last Honda offer “unacceptable,” but denies “signing with anybody”. SpeedTV.com, 9 October 2003.
  2. ^ Kato inquiry: Racing accident, barriers to blame. Crash.net, 28 November 2003.
  3. ^ http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2003/125cc/VAL/RAC/classification.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.f1network.net/main/s180/st19450.php
  5. ^ http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2003/125cc/VAL/world+standing.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.f1network.net/main/s180/st19478.php