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Nobby Ueda reigns in the rain of Mugello and wins the 125 race

Nobby Ueda reigns in the rain of Mugello and wins the 125 race

Nobby Ueda proved to be the most efficient 125 rider in the rain with a stunning performance at a drenched Mugello circuit. The heavens opened on the second lap of the race, and after Perugini had taken an early lead ahead of Toni Elias, the riders decided to return to the pits. After an effort to re-start the race failed as the clouds burst for a second time on the warm up lap, proceedings finally got underway at the third attempt.

Elias got another good start but was unable to maintain his pace in the slippery conditions, although improvised somewhat better than pole man Youichi Ui, who dropped right back down the field.

Simone Sanna delighted his home crowd by moving into first spot and holding on to his lead until Masao Azuma, made a charge from way down the grid to take top spot.

Nobby Ueda was taking it steady as the track dried out slowly, before making an incredible surge from 8th on lap five. The bespectacled Japanese rider picked off rider one by one, taking Poggiali for third on lap 9 and moving past Simone Sanna and Gino Borsoi into first with 5 laps remaining.

Ueda comfortably held on to top spot to take his first win of the season, as Borsoi and Poggiali came home for podium positions. Second place was enough to move Borsoi to the top of the Championship standings, as Masao Azuma dropped back to eighth.

125cc, 2001, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, RAC

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