BRAZILIAN GP – RIO DE JANEIRO
Sanna second closing season beautifully A correct and brave choice of tyres allowed Simone Sanna to challenge for the win in this last race of the season. The rider from Borgo San Lorenzo decided to start with two intermediate tyres, when it was lightly raining and the track was obviously wet. With patients and clever tactics, while the lines were drying more and more, Simone was able to lesson the distance between he and Ui when seemed like he was getting away. But in the last corner where he wanted to make his move, he lost the opportunity of taking the lead and took second place: Simone Sanna #16 (Safilo Oxydo Race) a wonderful second place, that has given some satisfaction to the rider from Tuscany, after three races finishing with zero points and a season with disappointments: ´It´s a pity, a real pity: the last corner was wet and Ui was using second gear while I using first, so in the end he was able to exit faster than I was and won. All in all starting with a cut slick tyre (for slightly wet use) instead of a rain tyre in the front I made a good choice. Anyhow, I am happy and I hope that the result of this race will increase my chances of finding a team for 2002. Unfortunately I am going back to Italy this evening, but I would have liked to stay and celebrate a little in Rio´. Gino Borsoi #23 (LAE UGT 3000) It´s clear that finishing the season in 20th place and being lapped by the winner, after one stop to change a front rain tyre, with an intermediate one (a decision that cost him one lap) can´t satisfy him: in fact Borsoi was very angry:´Sincerely it´s a mystery: some riders who used the same tyre, finished the race with out any problems, Ui even won, but for me it only lasted two laps? I should have done the same as Sanna, who started with intermediates: after changing the rain tyre I went back on the track with a more suitable one, I found myself up with the two leaders, after a while I dropped back a little to stay out of their way, but I could see that in the right conditions I could have fought for the podium, or even to take a win». Andrea Ballerini #50 (Bossini Fontana Racing) after the second best time of practice, it´s obvious that the Tuscany rider would have expected something better than to crash. ´After two laps my tyres were finished, the bike was sliding even with the gas closed... Then in a wide corner the bike slid away and I crashed, almost involving Poggiali: I would have been very sad if I had ruined his chances´. Lucio Cecchinello #9 (MS Aprilia LCR) even for the manager-rider one crash has is a bitter end for closing the 2001 season. ´Today I had nothing to lose, so when I realised that Ui was trying to attack and was increasing his speed, I tried to follow him but I slid off. But to add to this, I was already having problems before that point, when I was trying to overtake Poggiali. I don´t believe that this race is my last: I received many requests...´Max Sabbatani #11 (Bossini Fontana Racing) a disappointing return to the garage, for the lightest rider of all in this seasons world championship. ´There is not a lot to say: two laps and my tyres were finished: at that point it was better to stop than it was to crash´.