Sporting Digest: Motor Cycling

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The Independent Online
MICHAEL DOOHAN, the world championship leader, won the Italian Grand Prix yesterday and became the first man for 22 years to secure five successive 500cc victories. The last man to achieve the feat was the Italian Giacomo Agostini in 1972. Doohan has now won six of the season's first eight races, building a commanding 51-point lead in the riders' championship.

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX (Mugello) 500cc (120.635km, 74.962 miles, 23 laps): 1 M Doohan (Aus) Honda 44min 20.402sec (ave speed 163.241kph, 101.438mph); 2 L Cadalora (It) Yamaha 44:26.186; 3 K Schwantz (US) Suzuki 44:37.738; 4 A Puig (Sp) Honda 44:44.506; 5 S Itoh (Japan) Honda 44:44.584; 6 D Beattie (Aus) Yamaha 44:49.138; 7 A Barros (Bra) Suzuki 44:54.962; 8 B Garcia (Fr) Yamaha 45:08.972; 9 N MacKenzie (GB) Yamaha 45:21.912; 10 J L Mella (Sp) Yamaha 45:44.398. World championship standings (after eight rounds): 1 Doohan 186pts; 2 Schwantz 135; 3 Barros 90; 4 Puig 90; 5 J Kocinski (US) Cagiva 87; 6 A Criville (Sp) Honda 83; 7 Itoh 77; 8 Cadalora 73; 9 D Chandler (US) Cagiva 48; 10 MacKenzie 35.

250cc (110.145km, 68.444 miles, 21 laps): 1 R Waldmann (Ger) Honda 41min 5.128sec (ave speed 160.852kph, 99.534mph); 2 T Harada (Japan) Yamaha 41:07.188; 3 L Capirossi (It) Honda 41:10.332; 4 J-P Ruggia (Fr) Aprilia 41:13.585; 5 M Lucchi (It) Aprilia 41:14.376; 6 L D'Antin (Sp) Honda 41:46.234; 7 T Okada (Japan) Honda 41:46.494; 8 J-M Bayle (Fr) Aprilia 41:46.579; 9 W Zeelenberg (Neth) Honda 41:46.804; 10 C Checa (Sp) Honda 42.04.816. World championship standings (after eight rounds): 1 M Biaggi (It) Aprilia 128pts; 2 Okada 125; 3 Capirossi 118; 4 D Romboni (It) Honda 93; 5 Waldmann 91; 6 Ruggia 91; 7 D'Antin 67; 8 Bayle 56; 9 N Aoki (Japan) Honda 53; 10 Zeelenberg 50.

125cc (104.900km, 65.184 miles, 20 laps): 1 N Ueda (Japan) Honda 41min 25.510sec (ave speed 151.937kph, 94.413mph); 2 K Sakata (Japan) Aprilia 41:28.980; 3 T Tsujimura (Japan) Honda 41:34.248; 4 P Oettl (Ger) Aprilia 41:34.310; 5 D Raudies (Ger) Honda 41:43.343; 6 M Tokudome (Japan) Honda 41:50.922; 7 J Martinez (Sp) Yamaha 41:50.980; 8 T Manako (Japan) Honda 41:51.006; 9 H Aoki (Japan) Honda 41:51.067; 10 R Locatelli (It) Aprilia 41:51.356. World championship standings (after eight races): 1 Sakata 154pts; 2 Ueda 102; 3 Oettl 92; 4 Raudies 91; 5 Tsujimura 87; 6 Martinez 70; 7 G McCoy (Aus) Aprilia 56; 8 H Torrontequi (Sp) Aprilia 54; 9 Tokudome 53; 10 A Saito (Japan) Honda 48.

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