BARCELONA, Spain -- Valentino Rossi won motorcycling's
Catalonia 500cc Grand Prix on Sunday, then scuffled with rival and
runner-up Max Biaggi.
Rossi has won four times this season and leads the standings
with 116 points, 26 ahead of Biaggi.
The two Italian riders arrived at the news conference after the
race with red marks on their faces only a minute or so after they
had been celebrating on the podium.
"I got hit by a mosquito," Biaggi said when asked what had
Eyewitnesses confirmed the scuffle started when Rossi tried to
push past one of Biaggi's associates.
Rossi overcame a poor start despite the pole position. He
averaged 98.003 mph in the 73.4-mile race. Biaggi, riding a Yamaha,
finished just more than two seconds behind.
Loris Capirossi, riding a Honda, made it a 1-2-3 finish for
Kenny Roberts of the United States, the reigning world champion
and winner of the Catalonia Grand Prix a year ago, crashed out on
the third lap.
Katoh takes the fifth
Japan's Daijiro Katoh
produced another faultless display to win his fifth title in six
races at the 250cc Catalan Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Honda driver was under constant pressure from compatriot
Tetsuya Harada but never once lost his concentration throughout
the 23-lap race.
On the final lap Harada, the only man to beat Katoh this
season, tried to force his way through on the inside on his
But Katoh left the braking late and maintained his narrow
lead to win by just over a 10th of a second.
"I knew what parts of the circuit Harada was strong on and
made sure I closed the door when he challenged on the last lap,"
Italy's Roberto Rolfo won the battle for third place ahead
of countryman and fellow Aprilia rider Roberto Locatelli.
Spain's Fonsi Nieto took fifth position for the fifth time
this season, edging out Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams.
Katoh's victory extended his lead in the world championship
to 10 points ahead of Harada.
Italy's Marco Melandri, who did not finish, is third a
further 43 points behind Harada.
Cecchinello wins 125cc
Italy's Lucio Cecchinello
held off a determined last lap challenge from local rider Toni
Elias to take his first victory of the season at the Catalan
125cc Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Italian, starting on pole for the fourth
time in his career, recovered from a poor start to hit the front
on lap six and fight it out for the lead with Elias,
fellow-Italian Stefano Perugini and Noboru Ueda of Japan.
But after Ueda crashed out on lap 11 and forced Perugini to
make a detour on the gravel, Cecchinello and Elias were left to
scrap it out for the lead for the remianing 12 laps.
Elias, riding a Honda, held the lead briefly on several
occasions but could not shake off the Italian who edged past
once more with two laps to go.
The 18-year-old Catalan remained glued to the tail of
Cechinello's Aprilia and, roared on by the enthusiastic local
crowd, tried to force his way through on the inside midway
through the last lap.
But the more experienced Italian held his nerve to shut out
Elias who was eventually forced to hit the brakes and give way.
A six-man dog fight for third place was won by San Marino's
Manuel Poggiali, who takes the lead in the championship
standings ahead of Italy's Gino Borsoi who finished back in 18th
after he lost control and was forced off the track.
Reuters contributed to this story.