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Youichi Ui suffers an unfortunate start to the new season

Youichi Ui suffers an unfortunate start to the new season

Youichi Ui suffers an unfortunate start to the new season

Last year´s runner-up in the 125cc class, and one of the favourites for the title this time around, Youichi Ui, had a bad start to his 2002 season. Ui opened his campaign in fine style at Suzuka last year, when after dominating testing and claiming pole, he finished the race in second. However this past weekend turned out to be quite the opposite; after falling in the free practice on the opening day, he eventually qualified 12th, his worst qualification since the South African Grand Prix in 1999, and he then slid out of Sunday´s race on lap six, one of the many victims of the rainy conditions. Almost half the 125 field suffered a similar fate to Ui by crashing out, but this was of little comfort to the Japanese rider. ´We had problems with the set-up of the suspension, probably after not having tested in wet conditions previously, and this meant I didn´t feel comfortable on the bike at any time´, explained the 29 year-old. ´It certainly isn't a great start to the year, but there´s a lot of potential in the team, and we´ll just have to forget about this weekend, go to South Africa with our moral up, and try and get back the points we lost out on here.´

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125cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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