Tamada Wins A Scorcher At Motegi

tamada-wins-a-scorcher-at-motegi 20 September 2004

After yesterday′s qualifying session, where he took polewith an astonishing lap, Makoto Tamada won today′s race inspectacular fashion.

In his home race of Motegi, at theCamel GP of Japan, Makoto once again showed his talent andfighting spirit.

Taking the lead on lap six of 24, hestretched his legs, in an incessant dominant rhythm and apace which meant no-one got close to him until after thechequered flag. Today´s victory moves him up to fifth placein the championship.

Max Biaggi was out of the race almostimmediately, without any blame as he got involved in a firstlap incident that forced six riders out in total.

There was no injury to the Camel Honda rider but he was disappointedto have been unable to fight for victory as he had expected.

Makoto Tamada – Camel Honda (Bridgestone Tyres) – 1st -43´43.220:”In the first corner I realised that everybody was going toofast to take it properly, and you all saw how it ended up. Iwas second behind Valentino and I remembered the last raceat Estoril, where I finished behind him. I wanted adifferent race to that one so I pushed hard and began toattack him. The bike was running brilliantly and so were thetyres. I followed the advice the Bridgestone techniciansgave me after the warm-up and the tyre choice was correct. Ihad everything to win, I attacked and overtook Valentino andset my rhythm to the end. Thanks to everybody, this victoryis really important”

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) secured a second place result at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi today after a closely contested battle with eventual victor Makoto Tamada (Honda). Rossi led the early stages of the 24-lap race but lost his advantage to the Japanese rider from lap ten onwards, reserving his concentration to take the 20 points on offer for second place. His team-mate Carlos Checa dropped back from a bright start to finish seventh.

In front of a strong crowd, Rossi made an excellent start from his front row grid position, leading into the first corner and thus escaping a six-rider pile-up caused by a collision between Loris Capirossi (Ducati) and John Hopkins (Suzuki). Checa also narrowly escaped the melee, running strongly in the early part of the race until an off track excursion dropped him down the order, leaving him to finish in a solitary seventh place.

Rossi and Tamada charged away from the remains of the pack, with the former leading until Tamada made a successful pass along the back straight on lap ten. From that point on Tamada built a gap over Rossi, and ended the race just over six seconds ahead of the Italian.

The Fortuna Gauloises Tech3 pairing of Marco Melandri and Norick Abe showed their talents with impressive performances, albeit with mixed result, in Motegi today. They were running in third and fourth places respectively until shortly before the halfway stage. Melandri eventually finished in fifth after his tyres began to fade, while Norick was robbed of a strong home race result after he was forced to retire.

Marco rode through severe discomfort with sore ribs and a bad back after waking up in pain this morning. The gritty Italian stormed to third place and held it until the final few laps. But his third podium of the season was not to be and he had to settle for fifth at the flag.

Norick excelled at his home race and was running behind his team-mate in fourth until he was sidelined on lap ten by a technical problem. The Japanese star was showing his true racing talents until cruel luck denied him what looked to be his best result of the season so far.

Rossi’s second place and Sete Gibernau’s (Honda) sixth place finish gives the Italian an additional ten-point cushion at the head of the championship table – with Rossi on 229 and Gibernau on 190. Max Biaggi (Honda) remains third on 158 after being put out on the first corner, with Barros leapfrogging another first corner crasher, Colin Edwards (Honda) to go fourth. Tamada lies in fifth and Checa seventh in the order, with 102 points.

Results:
1

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
6

46
56
4
33
15
7
50
11
66
19
99
67
9
41
Makoto TAMADA

Valentino ROSSI
Shinya NAKANO
Alex BARROS
Marco MELANDRI
Sete GIBERNAU
Carlos CHECA
Neil HODGSON
Ruben XAUS
Alex HOFMANN
Olivier JACQUE
Jeremy McWILLIAMS
Shane BYRNE
Nobuatsu AOKI
Youichi UI
JPN

ITA
JPN
BRA
ITA
SPA
SPA
GBR
SPA
GER
FRA
GBR
GBR
JPN
JPN
Camel Honda

Gauloises Fortuna
Kawasaki Racing
Repsol Honda Team
Fortuna Gauloises
Telefonica Movistar
Gauloises Fortuna
D’Antin MotoGP
D’Antin MotoGP
Kawasaki Racing
Moriwaki WCM
MS Aprilia Racing
MS Aprilia Racing
Proton Team KR
WCM Harris
Honda

Yamaha
Kawasaki
Honda
Yamaha
Honda
Yamaha
Ducati
Ducati
Kawasaki
Moriwaki
Aprilia
Aprilia
Proton KR
WCM
43’43.220 158.128

43’49.388 157.757 6.168
43’56.616 157.325 13.396
43’58.655 157.203 15.435
44’06.797 156.720 23.577
44’10.598 156.495 27.378
44’19.054 155.997 35.834
44’31.196 155.288 47.976
44’33.101 155.177 49.881
44’39.327 154.817 56.107
45’04.457 153.378 1’21.237
45’10.903 153.014 1’27.683
43’49.679 151.167 1 lap
44’09.067 150.061 1 lap
45’35.870 145.300 1 lap
Overall standings:
RIDERS POINTS TEAMS POINTS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Valentino ROSSI

Sete GIBERNAU
Max BIAGGI
Alex BARROS
Makoto TAMADA
Colin EDWARDS
Carlos CHECA
Loris CAPIROSSI
Nicky HAYDEN
Marco MELANDRI
Shinya NAKANO
Norick ABE
Ruben XAUS
Troy BAYLISS
Kenny ROBERTS
Neil HODGSON
Alex HOFMANN
John HOPKINS
Jeremy McWILLIAMS
Shane BYRNE
Nobuatsu AOKI
Michel FABRIZIO
Olivier JACQUE
Andrew PITT
Kurtis ROBERTS
Youichi UI
229

190
158
115
114
111
102
84
83
75
62
55
53
42
37
37
36
32
20
18
10
8
5
2
1
1