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Gilera-Derbi boss Giampiero Sacchi keeps his cards close to his chest before the 125cc title is decided on Saturday

Gilera-Derbi boss Giampiero Sacchi keeps his cards close to his chest before the 125cc title is decided on Saturday

The Team Director of the Gilera-Derbi set-up is refusing to say which way the title will go, despite the fact that the Gilera part of the team with Manuel Poggiali, has a colossal 23-point advantage over the L&M Derbi arm. Giampiero Sacchi, who was visibly moved to tears after the Malaysian race, when his team was guaranteed the Championship, admits that the post-race emotions will undoubtedly be bittersweet.

´It´s clear that on Saturday, we will not only have a good moment of celebration, but we will also have to take care of one loser in the pit. I don´t want to forget this part.´ Sacchi is one of the most well-respected and amiable members of the MotoGP paddock, and he clearly did not want to lean towards one side or the other as he added, ´It will prove that we have a very strong team if we don´t forget this fact, we must help the losing rider at that bad moment. Of course, I don´t know who it will be yet.´

There is no suggestion of Ui not giving 100% having admitted in the team press release that he would be devastated if he didn´t win and Poggiali made the necessary mistake. Nevertheless, according to Sacchi, the young San Marino rider knows what he has to do, ´The pre-Grand Prix has not been easy for Manuel. He knows that he has a 23-point advantage. But he also knows that Ui can win if for any reason whatsoever he doesn´t make it home. He knows what he has to do though, and he also knows that everyone else knows what he has to do. It´s a bit of pressure for him. I prefer to err on the side of caution and wait.´ Admitting however that he is looking forward to the end of the race, the Italian remarked, ´You can imagine, for the rest the team and for the winner it will be a big Saturday night! The strength of the team spirit is so good and they will enjoy it!´

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125cc, 2001

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