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Derbi unveil 2002 line-up at official presentation in Barcelona

Derbi unveil 2002 line-up at official presentation in Barcelona

Derbi unveil 2002 line-up at official presentation in Barcelona

Derbi have today confirmed their team to compete in this season's 125 World Championship, with Youichi Ui and Jorge Lorenzo being presented in Barcelona. In what will be their fourth season in the competition, the Italian team led by Giampiero Sacchi will be looking to secure the title after finishing runner-up with Ui in both of the last two seasons. Sacchi outlined the team's objectives, 'We want to at least achieve what we did last year, but of course our main aim is to finish as World Champions.' Last year's title was fought out between Poggiali and Ui, riding their respective Gilera and Derbi machines, both of which are housed in the Piaggio stable, and Saachi is hoping for a repeat performance this time around. 'For me it would be great if the championship ended up being decided between the two riders again.'

Young Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, who will set a World Championship record when he makes his Grand Prix debut on his fifteenth birthday, (the minimum age to enter into competition), this season was one of the main attractions at the presentation. Team Manager Saachi was quick to try and play down the expectation levels surrounding his young protégé. 'The most important thing is that Jorge isn't put under excessive pressure during the pre-season because his main goal at the moment is to gain experience and continue his education as a rider.'

Lorenzo's debut will come at the season's third Grand Prix, (the Marlboro GP of Spain), on the weekend of his fifteenth birthday. Saachi outlined the difficulties that Lorenzo will have to overcome, 'One must remember that once Jorge leaves the pits, he'll be competing against riders who are a lot more experienced than him, and who will already have two Grand Prix behind them this year. Of course, more and more young riders are now racing, but I believe this has been a positive thing for the development of the championship in the last few years, as there are now national championships and cup competitions in place which mean that young riders race at a high level before joining the World Championship.'

Both Lorenzo and Ui will be testing at the Circuit of Catalunya on Friday, and will then return on Monday and Tuesday of next week for the latest round of 125cc IRTA test sessions.

125cc, 2002

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