Rossi wins British grand prix

Championship leader Valentino Rossi of Italy won Sunday’s rain-soaked British MotoGP, with Kenny Roberts of the United States taking second place and Brazil’s Alex Barros third.

American Colin Edwards was fourth.

Six-time champion Rossi took the lead near the end of the 29-lap race, passing Barros with about a half-dozen laps remaining.

He then pulled away on the slippery track before 100 000 fans at Donington Park.

As he came across the finish line, the demonstrative Italian stood up in the seat of his Yamaha and impersonated a violinist playing a solo.

Rossi, who has won five straight season titles, heads into the second half of the season with 211 points.

About half the riders in the field went down on the slick surface.

“The whole place was tricky today, like a sheet of glass and it caught a lot of people out,” said Australian driver Troy Bayliss, who was one of those eliminated in a fall. - Sapa-AP