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Nightmare start continues for championship hopeful Ui

Nightmare start continues for championship hopeful Ui

Nightmare start continues for championship hopeful Ui

Youichi Ui´s miserable start to the 2002 season just goes on. The Derbi rider, one of the pre-season favourites for this year´s 125 crown, endured more bad fortune this weekend at Africa´s Grand Prix in Welkom, crashing out on the first lap after being unable to avoid a multiple pile-up at the first corner. The result means that the Japanese rider is still pointless after the first two meetings of the year, and already finds himself some 45 points down on championship leader, Arnaud Vincent, and 41 behind his eternal rival Manuel Poggiali.

After claiming victory in the final four races of last term, Ui went into this season full of confidence and hopeful of maintaining that hot streak. However, after being forced to retire at his home Grand Prix in Suzuka two weeks ago, the bad luck continued yesterday just a few hundred metres into the race. At the beginning of last season, the 29 year-old claimed a first and second place from the opening two Grand Prix in Suzuka and Welkom, and was very unfortunate to miss out on the title after claiming six wins in total, comfortably more than any of his rivals. Ui refuses to be downbeat though, and is determined that he will put things right next time out in Jerez.

´I got away to a good start, but at the first corner I found myself in the middle of a group of fallers and was hit, which threw me on to the ground. The weekend was very difficult because I never quite found the right chassis set-up, but I´m going to work really hard to try and make sure I can do better in Jerez.´

125cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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