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Azuma takes victory in thrilling 125cc race

Azuma takes victory in thrilling 125cc race

Masao Azuma emerged victorious from an incident packed 125cc Grand Prix of Japan. Azuma took his Honda from fourth place on the grid to a memorable victory in front of his home crowd.

Gino Borsoi had made the best start from 6th place and led through the early stages of the race. He was joined at the front of the pack by Youichi Ui, Azuma, Stefano Perugini and Manuel Poggiali. Nobby Ueda and Lucio Cecchinello soon forced their way through and the lead changed hands as the top seven broke away.

Nobby Ueda charged to the front and seemed to be in control whilst fighting off the challenge of Cecchinello and Poggiali. However, a mistake from the TSR Honda rider sent him flying into the gravel and out of the race. Poggiali and Cecchinello then battled it out for the lead as Youichi Ui made steady progress from seventh place.

Simone Sanna had somehow worked his way into the front group and was lying in fourth place with a three laps to go.

In a sensational final lap Youichi Ui burst through to the front and raced Azuma and Poggiali for the line. Azuma eventually took the checkered flag, with Ui second and Sanna pipping Borsoi and Poggiali for the final podium spot.

Tags:
125cc, 2001, Grand Prix of Japan, RAC

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