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Ui makes the early running in the Midlands mist

Ui makes the early running in the Midlands mist

It was a misty morning as the teams opened their curtains this morning, not reminiscent at all of the sun which greeted them to the track yesterday. The125cc bikes, as per usual, took to the track before everyone else for their first free practice session, and in the damp air they went out to test the set-ups and make the necessary changes so they can be competitive over the weekend.

The change in weather may also signal a change in fortunes for the Japanese rider Youichi Ui. In the middle of a poor run of form, Ui has lost touch with the championship leaders and needs to reproduce the form he showed here last year when he took the 125 race, in order to rekindle his contention for the title. In his typical style he languished for the whole session at the lower end of the timesheets, but with his last lap of the morning, he set the overall fastest time of 1´39.466.

Many of the riders had gone onto the track in wet tyres, such was the thickness of the fog which hung on the higher parts of the course, however, the tarmac itself was dry, and many came back in to change to slicks, and after this it was Assen race winner Toni Elias and current championship leader Manuel Poggiali who made all the running, trading best lap times throughout the 45 minute session. Both will be looking to make an impact here and get good points at what is the crucial halfway point of the season.

There were no real incidents apart from the exhaust of wildcard Chris Martin falling off mid-lap, but it was good to see young 15 year-old Australian wildcard Casey Stoner making the seventh best time of the morning.

125cc, 2001, Cinzano British Grand Prix, FP1

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