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Italian Aprilia 125cc rider quotes

Italian Aprilia 125cc rider quotes

Lucio Cecchinello # 9 (MS Aprilia LCR): This fourth place didn´t satisfy Lucio very much, not even the fact that this position put him in the provisional front row of the grid, because the gap that Japanese rider Ui opened up was a blow to all of his rivals:

´My congratulations to Ui, but obviously his motorcycle works especially well on this very special track. Remembering that even last year, Ui took pole position but then again in the race he was getting away from all of us before crashing. With my Aprilia, on the other hand, the irregular surface makes riding here very tiring: In this respect, the situation is exactly the same as last year. The grip outside of the best line, has improved a lot. I personally have the feeling that my engine in strong, but I have some problems in the ´s´ corners where I am so slow that I could walk faster: It´s there that I lose a lot of time. However, this is only the first day of practice, and for me it´s always a bit difficult, because it´s my first season aboard the Aprilia and therefore, I am lacking the references. I am not sure that the test back in February can help us much. The conditions are very different in comparison to back then, it is as though we never came here at all.´

Simone Sanna # 16 (Safilo Oxydo Race): The strong rider from Tuscany took eighth place. For him his performance is still along way from what he has in mind, but it is a good indication for his efforts to improve the set up of the bike.

´Towards the half way time of the session I had to go straight into an run off lane and therefore I lost a little bit off time as my technicians had to clean my bike. There were three riders almost stopped in the middle of the track and in order not to hit them I had to go through the gravel bed. The high temperatures here always create problems with the suspension: We hope to be able to improve this because of the time that Ui put in is very, very fast indeed.´

Max Sabbatani # 11 (Bossini Fontana racing): The small rider is 16th, which is a step backwards in comparison to his recent performances which saw the Emilia Romagna rider within the front runners. But his performance had reason.

´On the last lap I was at the point of catching Elias, I really had him under control, when under brakes my front fork bottomed out and I was forced to go straight into an escape lane in order not to fall. We had the front fork setting too soft and therefore under brakes it started to chatter. It´s a shame: Even though we are talking about a problem that is easy to solve, I felt that I had a good rhythm going and then to take a step back is not a good feeling.´/p>Gino Borsoi # 23 (LAE UGT 3000): The consequences of the crash in Brno are still felt by Gino even though the situation improves steadily, and the Venetian rider had to settle for a modest 25th place for now:

´I threw the plaster away, so today I was riding with a taped wrist, I don’t have a lot of strength in my right arm and this slows me down in the slow chicane, and in the exit of the chicane is where you need the strength to be able to change directions. Things are slowly getting better and I know that I will be able to go faster tomorrow, but for now I´m doing my best. When I ride the bike at this sort of pace the set up feels okay, but obviously one lap takes me a long time to complete.´

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

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