MOTOGP 2003 FULL SEASON / 16 FULL RACES ON DVD

2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season


The 2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 55th F.I.M. Road racing World Championship season.

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Season summary

Defending champion Valentino Rossi won his 3rd MotoGP championship in 2003, winning 9 races, highlighted by his win at Phillip Island where he was given a 10 second penalty for passing under a yellow flag and he overcame the penalty by winning the race with more than 10 seconds in hand. Rossi had become dissatisfied with his relationship with the Honda Racing Corporation and as the season progressed and HRC tried to get Rossi to sign a new contract, Rossi demurred until finally announcing at the end of the year that he would be leaving Honda. He soon signed with Yamaha and took Jeremy Burgess with him to be his crew chief.

The season was marred by Daijiro Kato being killed at the first round at Suzuka. He lost control of his motorcycle on the approach to the Casio Triangle and hit a barrier at high speed. His heart was restarted by track paramedics, but he did not wake from a coma and died 2 weeks later. Controversy arose because the race was not red-flagged to allow Kato to be removed from the track with maximum care. Suzuka has since been removed from the MotoGP calendar. Teammate Sete Gibernau would inherit Kato's factory-spec RC211V.

MotoGP rookies for 2003 included Nicky Hayden (Rookie of the Year), Troy Bayliss, Marco Melandri and Colin Edwards. A new constructor also arrived: Ducati. After much success in Superbike racing, Ducati returned to the premier-class of GP with their GP3. It made an immediate impression with its raw speed, and they finished the constructor's championship in second place, ahead of Yamaha and behind Honda.

Grands Prix

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner MotoGP winner Report
1 April 6 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Italy Stefano Perugini San Marino Manuel Poggiali Italy Valentino Rossi Report
2 April 27 South Africa South African Grand Prix Phakisa Spain Dani Pedrosa San Marino Manuel Poggiali Spain Sete Gibernau Report
3 May 11 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Italy Lucio Cecchinello Spain Toni Elías Italy Valentino Rossi Report
4 May 25 France French Grand Prix Le Mans Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Toni Elías Spain Sete Gibernau Report
5 June 8 Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Italy Lucio Cecchinello San Marino Manuel Poggiali Italy Valentino Rossi Report
6 June 15 Catalonia Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya Spain Dani Pedrosa France Randy de Puniet Italy Loris Capirossi Report
7 June 28 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Germany Steve Jenkner Australia Anthony West Spain Sete Gibernau Report
8 July 13 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Park Spain Héctor Barberá Spain Fonsi Nieto Italy Max Biaggi Report
9 July 27 Germany German Grand Prix Sachsenring Italy Stefano Perugini Italy Roberto Rolfo Spain Sete Gibernau Report
10 August 17 Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Spain Dani Pedrosa France Randy de Puniet Italy Valentino Rossi Report
11 September 7 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix Estoril Spain Pablo Nieto Spain Toni Elías Italy Valentino Rossi Report
12 September 20 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro Spain Jorge Lorenzo San Marino Manuel Poggiali Italy Valentino Rossi Report
13 October 5 Japan Pacific Grand Prix Motegi Spain Héctor Barberá Spain Toni Elías Italy Max Biaggi Report
14 October 12 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Toni Elías Italy Valentino Rossi Report
15 October 19 Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Italy Andrea Ballerini Italy Roberto Rolfo Italy Valentino Rossi Report
16 November 2 Valencian Community Valencian Grand Prix Valencia Australia Casey Stoner France Randy de Puniet Italy Valentino Rossi Report


   
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