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Youchi Ui quickest on first day of 125 IRTA tests in Estoril

Youchi Ui quickest on first day of 125 IRTA tests in Estoril

24 riders took to the Fernanda Pires Da Silva racetrack in Estoril today for the first day of IRTA 125cc testing at the Portuguese circuit. Youchi Ui was the quickest man of the day, setting a best lap of 1´47.802, closely followed by fellow Japanese rider Nobby Ueda.

´We´ve been testing the new chassis today and to be honest I´m not really happy with it yet´ revealed Ui afterwards. ´I find this chassis at lot more difficult to use than last year´s - in fact we set the best time when we reverted to the old chassis late in the afternoon. Now I´ve got to get to that same standard with the new chassis before the first race of the season at Suzuka in April.´

TSR Honda rider Nobby Ueda had been the most consistent performer throughout the day before losing out on the quickest time to Ui on the Derbi. Ui´s performance was all the more impressive considering the windy conditions which built up in the afternoon causing many riders to fall.

Manuel Poggiali, Lucio Cecchinello and Daniel Pedrosa were among the crashers, although fortunately all emerged unhurt. Tomorrow will see the second and final day of testing for the 125 riders at the Estoril circuit.

Official times:
Youchi Ui 1´47.802
Noboru Ueda 1´47.855
Manuel Poggiali 1´48.189
Lucio Cecchinello 1´48.212
Gino Borsoi 1´48.296

125cc, 2001

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