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´Nobby´ hoping for repeat performance at Mugello

´Nobby´ hoping for repeat performance at Mugello

´Nobby´ hoping for repeat performance at Mugello

In what is an increasingly fresh-faced category, Noboru Ueda represents the old guard in the 125 field. At 34, ´Nobby´ is the oldest competitor in the World Championship´s smallest class, but despite a fourteen year career, the affable Japanese rider has lost none of his enthusiasm. Ueda heads into this Sunday´s Gran Premio Cinzano D´Italia at Mugello hoping to emulate his success there of last year. That triumph was the thirteenth and last of his career, and indeed since then he has only managed two top ten finishes. They were both fourth place finishes, in Assen last term and Suzuka this. ´Nobby´ spoke to to explain how his season has been going. How do you feel the season has gone so far?

Noboru Ueda: Well, we made quite a good start in Suzuka where I managed a fourth place. But since we have got back to the European races the results haven´t been so good. We had a lot of problems with the bike in both Jerez and Le Mans, but we are working very hard to try and resolve those problems now.$$$ Are you happy in your new team this year?

N.U: Yes, I am. I have worked with many of the team´s staff before, so we have a very good relationship and everyone gets on perfectly really. The only thing we´re waiting for now are the good results to come! Your last victory came in Mugello last year; do you particularly enjoy the circuit there, and are you confident you can get another good result this weekend?

N.U: I do like the Mugello circuit very much. I have got pole positions and other victories there in the past so it´s quite a lucky track for me. I do feel I can get another good result this year as well. Also Italy is like my second home so I want to try and produce a good performance for all the Italian spectators. The season is four races old now, what are your aims for the rest of it? $$$ N.U: Frankly speaking, I am not happy with my results so far this season. I need a victory really, not only for myself but also for the team and all of our sponsors who support me. The reality is though that we have a lot of problems to resolve with the bike first. I realise that there is a gap between us and the top teams. Firstly we need to work on our engine performance to beat our rivals, and we must try and find a better setting for the suspension, but also I need to improve my riding. I´ve been racing for fourteen years but I still have lots of things to learn, that´s why I love bike racing, and what keeps me motivated.

125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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