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2000 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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Start date  2000
End date  October 29, 2000
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The 2000 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 52nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

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Season summary

Kenny Roberts, Jr. fulfilled the promise of his 2nd place in 1999 by winning the championship for 2000 with 2 races to spare. The season also saw the premier class-debut of Valentino Rossi, who began the year with crashes in the first two rounds and also had a third at Valencia; nonetheless, he came in second as a rookie in the class with 2 wins and 8 podiums. Garry McCoy achieved 3 wins with his spectacular 2-wheel sliding style, and his use of 16.5-inch (420 mm) tires began a general transition to that size, though it had been used previously in 500 cc by Kevin Schwantz.

Defending champion Àlex Crivillé had a disappointing season, bothered by an undetermined illness and a new NSR engine with a power curve that was difficult to manage. Said Jeremy Burgess: "In the middle of the corner, in the transition of getting back onto the power, the engine was weak, because all the power had gone to the top. You couldn't transfer the weight with the throttle from the front to the rear without feeling this weakness. That led to a tendency to over-open the throttle… and things would happen." By the third round, Honda started going back to much of the 1999 parts, though Rossi and Burgess decided to use the 2000 chassis with the 1999 engine.

500 cc World Championship final standings

  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions or stopped by rain.
  • 250 cc World Championship final standings

  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions or stopped by rain.
  • 125 cc World Championship final standings

  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions or stopped by rain.
  • References

    2000 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season Wikipedia


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