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Japan open podium account in Mugello

Japan open podium account in Mugello

Japan open podium account in Mugello

The current campaign has been largely disappointing for the Japanese riders in the World Championship´s smallest class, and to underline the point it has taken five races of the season for a Japanese rider to make it on to the podium. At Mugello, it was the second place of Youichi Ui that finally put an end to the bad run.

Ui has so far scored points only twice this year, the second in Italy, and the sixth place he claimed in Jerez, and currently has 30 championship points. At the same stage last year the Derbi rider had already amassed 50 points. For his part, Masao Azuma has 29 points, after failing to score in Suzuka he went on to take ninth in Welkom, eighth in Jerez, fifth in Le Mans and thirteenth in Mugello. The third Japanese rider in the 125 field, Noboru Ueda, was unable to race in Italy because of an injury he sustained in Friday qualifying. Nobby has 18 points this term courtesy of his fourth place finish in Suzuka, and the eleventh he took in Welkom.

Ui ended as runner-up last year, with Azuma fifth and Ueda ninth overall. In this season´s championship race, Ui currently sits in ninth, just ahead of Azuma who occupies tenth place, whilst Ueda is down in fourteenth.

125cc, 2002

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