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Repsol Honda Sunday Press Release

Repsol Honda Sunday Press Release

The French Grand Prix started promising for the two riders of Team Repsol YPF Honda. Both of them got an excellent start, with Alex Crivillé crossing the line in fourth position after one lap, and Tohru Ukawa riding just two positions behind his team-mate. Ukawa then managed to get past Nakano to take the position directly behind Crivillé, but on the eleventh lap, the Japanese rider lost control of the front end of his bike and slid off the track. Whereas Ukawa was sidelined after that, Crivillé continued to battle first with Rossi and then with Roberts and Norick Abe, to finish the race in fifth place.

Tohru Ukawa - Crash 1´40.062, 10 Laps

´I´m physically okay, fortunately I didn´t get hurt at all in the crash. It was my fault, because I´ve had some big moments before that should have been a warning. The front end kept pushing and I was close to crashing on various occasions. After ten laps then, when Rossi had just passed me, I finally went down, exactly in the same corner in which Alex crashed yesterday. During the entire weekend, we haven´t been able to find a good set-up, not even in today´s warm-up, therefore it was impossible for me to keep the pace of the race leaders. I have good memories of the past on this track, but this time, everything went wrong.´

Alex Criville - 5th, 1´40.464, 28 Laps

´Even though I wasn´t in the position where I hoped to be at the end of the race, I´m still content with my result today, because I was at the point of crashing several times in the race. I had a lot of chatter throughout the entire race and couldn´t ride through the turns as fast as the others because it was difficult to keep control of the bike. I think we have made a mistake in our tyre choice. If you don´t have a good set-up, there is no way to keep the pace of the other riders, and this is what happened to me today. I took victory on this circuit last year, which was not possible to repeat, and to be honest, I didn´t even enjoy riding this time. We´ll stay here for testing tomorrow, and maybe we´ll be able to analyse what the problem was and find solutions.´

500cc, 2001

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