2004 MotoGP Sachsenring Results

July 18, 2004
By Motorcycle USA Staff
Max Biaggi scored his first win of the 2004 MotoGP season on Sunday at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. The Camel Honda pilot edged out Repsol Honda’s Alex Barros and in the process climbed back into the championship picture. Biaggi now trails the top position in the standings, by just one point.

Max Biaggi was fourth fastest on the Camel Honda.
Sunday’s win in Germany puts Max Biaggi back in contention for the 2004 MotoGP title.

“I’m obviously delighted, these 25 points change the standings and they fire us into an important second half of the season, which should be very hard fought,” said Biaggi. “The whole weekend went well, from the work we did on Friday, Saturday and also in the warm up this morning. I worked then on the suspension for the second half of the race, which I was more interested in. In fact, when Valentino passed me, I gritted my teeth and waited to attack.”

I caught my breath for a couple of laps and then returned the favor by waiting for a moment of weakness,” Biaggi continued. “Then on the last lap I closed all the doors on Barros, I didn’t want to lose it in the last metres after such a great race, that would have been awful. And it all paid off.”

Repsol Honda’s Nicky Hayden logged his second podium in a row beating Valentino Rossi to the line by .207 of second. Rossi finished in fourth on the day, but climbed to the top of the standings thanks to Sete Gibernau’s DNF. Rossi has a one point lead on Max Biaggi and Gibernau is 13 points off the pace with 126.

Colin Edwards finished in fifth on the day, while Makoto Tamada, and Shinya Nakano took sixth and seventh, respectively.

Kenny Roberts Jr., couldn’t hang with the leaders after starting on the front row and had to settle for eighth on the day. John Hopkins was ninth, while Kurtis Roberts DNF’d.

“Our problems are obvious if you watch the TV,” said Roberts. “I have to have extra corner speed to stay with the other guys on acceleration, and when that’s the same as them, and I get the same drive or slightly less onto the straightaway, there’s nothing I can do. They line me up down the straight and outbrake me at the end.”

Roberts’ assessement of the weekend was in stark contrast to that of his teammate who took what the race gave him.

“That was a good race,” said Hopkins. “I didn’t get the start I wanted but I put on a mid-race charge and I caught up to Kenny. I saw I could stay with that group, but then I started to lose a bit of edge grip. I’d seen a lot of guys go down and I was in the top ten with nobody close behind me, and the bike was slipping around.”

At that point I decided to make sure of finishing the race and get my best result of the year,” continued Hopkins. “I’m happy – my Bridgestones worked great and the team did a fantastic job all weekend.”

MotoGP Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Honda)
2. Alex Barros (Honda)
3. Nicky Hayden (Honda)
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
5. Colin Edwards (Honda)
6. Makoto Tamada (Honda)
7. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki)
8. Kenny Roberts, Jr (Suzuki)
9. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
10. Alex Hoffman (Kawasaki)

MotoGP Standings:
1. Valentino Rossi, 139
2. Max Biaggi, 138
3. Sete Gibernau, 126
4. Alex Barros, 79
5. Colin Edwards, 75
6. Nicky Hayden, 70
7. Carlos Checa, 62
8. Marco Melandri, 57
9. Loris Capirossi, 55
10. Makoto Tamada, 54