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Derbi General Manager Giampiero Sacchi renews Piaggio contract for two more years

Derbi General Manager Giampiero Sacchi renews Piaggio contract for two more years

Derbi General Manager Giampiero Sacchi has announced that he has renewed his contract with the Spanish factory for two more years, maintaining the partnership with Italian firm Piaggio, who own Gilera, and continuing with the current team structure currently battling for the125cc World Championship. Sacchi revealed that he plans to run three teams in next year´s Championship, confirming that one team will ride with Derbi colours, Manuel Poggiali will continue on the Gilera and a third team will be made up of a pair of youngsters from the Italian Federation.

´I have renovated my contract for two more years, for 2002 and 2003, which signifies a continuation of the Spanish and Italian collaboration that we have here and I think this is of great satisfaction to all concerned,´ said Sacchi. ´The most important thing is continuity. It would be a great shame for all this to come to an end so I am delighted that all the team have renewed their contracts. Harald Bartol, the Technical Director, has also re-signed which shows that the developments we are working on and the technical progress we are making is positive.´

Youichi Ui´s future looks to be less certain however as, when questioned over the continuation of the Japanese rider on the Derbi, Sacchi said: ´I have someone in mind to ride the Derbi but no contract has been signed yet. At this stage I cannot reveal who the rider is.´

At 18 years of age Manuel Poggiali is one of the hottest prospects in the sport and has been widely tipped for a move to a bigger class. However, Gilera are keen to hang on to the San Marino rider, and Sacchi revealed that they could consider developing larger machines for him in the future. ´Nothing is decided yet but there is the possibility that within a few months we could announce a business plan for another type of project. Poggiali´s future definitely lies in bigger machines, but at the moment he will ride with us in 125 and we can´t start saying we are going to do this and we are going to do that. For now we have to stabilise and secure what we have, in other words continue our development in 125. Maybe over the next four or five years we can look to build on that base.´

125cc, 2001, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal, QP1

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