2002 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

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Japan  2002 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 races in the
2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Suzuka.png
Date 7 April 2002
Official name SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan
Location Suzuka
Course Permanent racing facility
5.821 km (3.618 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 2:04.226
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 2:19.105
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi
Second Japan Akira Ryo
Third Spain Carlos Checa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Fonsi Nieto
Time 2:08.049
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Osamu Miyazaki
Time 2:25.896
Podium
First Japan Osamu Miyazaki
Second Japan Daisaku Sakai
Third France Randy de Puniet
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa
Time 2:13.957
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Stefano Bianco
Time 2:30.798
Podium
First France Arnaud Vincent
Second Italy Mirko Giansanti
Third San Marino Manuel Poggiali

The 2002 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 2002 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 April 2002 at Suzuka. The race was historic in that it was the first race of the MotoGP class, with engine capacities raised to 990cc from 500cc.

MotoGP classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Honda 21 49:32.766 1 25
2 33 Japan Akira Ryo Suzuki 21 +1.550 7 20
3 7 Spain Carlos Checa Yamaha 21 +8.353 4 16
4 72 Japan Shinichi Ito Honda 21 +10.829 3 13
5 6 Japan Norifumi Abe Yamaha 21 +20.423 12 11
6 4 Brazil Alex Barros Honda 21 +32.259 13 10
7 9 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Proton KR 21 +39.633 15 9
8 55 France Régis Laconi Aprilia 20 +1 lap 19 8
9 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda 20 +1 lap 2 7
10 74 Japan Daijiro Kato Honda 20 +1 lap 6 6
11 31 Japan Tetsuya Harada Honda 20 +1 lap 16 5
12 21 United States John Hopkins Yamaha 16 +5 laps 18 4
Ret 11 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 18 Accident 11
Ret 56 Japan Shinya Nakano Yamaha 17 Accident 9
Ret 99 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Proton KR 16 Accident 21
Ret 15 Spain Sete Gibernau Suzuki 12 Accident 14
Ret 19 France Olivier Jacque Yamaha 12 Retirement 8
Ret 10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 6 Accident 10
Ret 3 Italy Max Biaggi Yamaha 6 Accident 5
Ret 17 Netherlands Jurgen vd Goorbergh Honda 4 Retirement 20
Ret 8 Australia Garry McCoy Yamaha 2 Accident 17
DNQ 20 Spain Pere Riba Yamaha

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 89 Japan Osamu Myazaki Yamaha 19 47:09.454 8 25
2 50 Japan Daisaku Sakai Honda 19 +6.941 12 20
3 17 France Randy de Puniet Aprilia 19 +29.020 2 16
4 7 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda 19 +45.300 6 13
5 9 Argentina Sebastián Porto Yamaha 19 +45.495 7 11
6 8 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 19 +54.725 10 10
7 49 Japan Choujun Kameya Honda 19 +1:00.572 22 9
8 4 Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda 19 +1:02.287 14 8
9 6 Spain Alex Debón Aprilia 19 +1:18.282 5 7
10 21 Italy Franco Battaini Aprilia 19 +1:19.377 4 6
11 24 Spain Toni Elías Aprilia 19 +1:31.481 11 5
12 92 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 19 +1:50.269 13 4
13 10 Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 19 +1:56.005 1 3
14 51 France Hugo Marchand Aprilia 19 +2:06.670 26 2
15 22 Spain Raúl Jara Aprilia 18 +1 lap 20 1
16 15 Italy Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 18 +1 lap 9
Ret 11 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 18 Accident 17
Ret 19 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 16 Retirement 25
Ret 25 France Vincent Philippe Aprilia 14 Accident 23
Ret 3 Italy Marco Melandri Aprilia 13 Accident 3
Ret 41 Netherlands Jarno Janssen Honda 9 Accident 27
Ret 18 Malaysia Shahrol Yuzy Yamaha 7 Accident 18
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jason Vincent Honda 4 Accident 24
Ret 76 Japan Taro Sekiguchi Yamaha 2 Accident 21
Ret 48 Japan Shinichi Nakatomi Honda 1 Accident 19
Ret 32 Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia 1 Accident 28
Ret 27 Australia Casey Stoner Aprilia 0 Accident 15
DNS 42 Spain David Checa Aprilia 16
DNQ 28 Germany Dirk Heidolf Aprilia

125 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 21 France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 18 +46:22.971 2 25
2 6 Italy Mirko Giansanti Honda 18 +1.164 15 20
3 1 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Gilera 18 +2.558 5 16
4 9 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda 18 +3.479 18 13
5 16 Italy Simone Sanna Aprilia 18 +10.188 19 11
6 66 Japan Shuhei Aoyama Honda 18 +23.056 12 10
7 47 Spain Ángel Rodríguez Aprilia 18 +23.653 13 9
8 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 18 +33.488 1 8
9 4 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 18 +34.285 3 7
10 23 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia 18 +47.304 11 6
11 7 Italy Stefano Perugini Italjet 18 +1:01.770 24 5
12 12 Germany Klaus Nöhles Honda 18 +1:06.064 14 4
13 25 Spain Joan Olivé Honda 18 +1:28.936 25 3
14 19 Italy Alex Baldolini Aprilia 18 +1:36.264 29 2
15 17 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia 18 +1:56.859 7 1
16 80 Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia 18 +2:11.594 33
17 31 Italy Mattia Angeloni Gilera 18 +2:14.164 37
18 20 Hungary Imre Tóth Honda 18 +2:17.104 36
19 46 Thailand Sunathai Chaemsap Honda 18 +2:35.641 23
Ret 33 Italy Stefano Bianco Aprilia 15 Accident 20
Ret 65 Japan Toshihisa Kuzuhara Honda 14 Accident 22
Ret 18 Czech Republic Jakub Smrž Honda 13 Accident 26
Ret 41 Japan Youichi Ui Derbi 12 Accident 10
Ret 57 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Aprilia 12 Accident 27
Ret 39 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Aprilia 7 Accident 4
Ret 50 Italy Andrea Ballerini Honda 7 Accident 30
Ret 36 Finland Mika Kallio Honda 7 Accident 31
Ret 5 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 6 Accident 6
Ret 34 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda 6 Accident 28
Ret 8 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Italjet 5 Retirement 21
Ret 84 Italy Michel Fabrizio Gilera 5 Retirement 35
Ret 10 Germany Jarno Müller Honda 5 Accident 16
Ret 67 Japan Hideyuki Ogata Honda 4 Accident 32
Ret 22 Spain Pablo Nieto Aprilia 3 Accident 17
Ret 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1 Accident 8
Ret 11 Italy Max Sabbatani Aprilia 0 Accident 9
Ret 68 Japan Akira Komuro Honda 0 Accident 34

References[edit]


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