Doohan takes Dutch 500cc Grand Prix

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Michael Doohan, the world champion, overcame his dislike for the twisting Assen track to take his fourth successive win of the season at the Dutch 500cc Grand Prix on Saturday. The Australian twice edged out Alex Criville, his Spanish team-mate, after the race was split in two when fears of a heavy downpour caused officials to call a halt after eight laps. After the second part of the race officials decided to combine the times of the first eight laps and the remaining 12.

DUTCH GRAND PRIX (Assen) 500cc (20 laps, 75.18 miles): 1 M Doohan (Aus) Honda 41min 29.912sec (ave speed 108.69mph); 2 A Criville (Sp) Honda 41:31.126; 3 A Barros (Br) Honda 41:47.393. GB: 7 T Rymer (GB) Suzuki 41:58.800; 42:09.706 (combined results when race was stopped for rain after eight laps). Fastest lap: Doohan 2:02.779 (110.21mph. Leading world championship standings (after seven races): 1 Doohan 146pts; 2 Criville 93; 3 Barros 83.

250cc (18 laps, 68.05 miles): 1 R Waldmann (Ger) Honda 38:30.306 (ave speed 106.04mph); 2 J Fuchs (Ger) Honda 38:46.904; 3 M Biaggi (It) Aprilia 38:50.419. GB: 9 J Robinson (GB) Aprilia 39:21.564. Fastest lap: O Jacque (Fr) Honda 2:07.390 (106.839mph). Leading world championship standings (after seven races): 1 Biaggi 161; 2 Waldmann 101; 3 Harada 97.

125cc (17 laps, 64.271 miles): 1 E Alzamora (Sp) Honda 39:08.050 (98.539mph); 2 I Goi (It) Honda 39:08.778; 3 H Aoki (Japan) Honda 39.08.783. Fastest lap: E Alzamora 2:15.857 (100.181mph). Leading world championship standings (after seven races): 1 H Aoki 130; 2 E Alzamora 81; 3 N Ueda 79.