Nobby Ueda announces retirement

Tuesday, 5 November 2002

Nobby Ueda announces retirement

Noboru Ueda has announced his retirement from Grand Prix racing after twelve years. The final race of the 2002 season at Valencia this weekend was also the final race of the veteran Japanese rider´s career as he decided it was `time to stop´. The 35 year old explained: `My body tells me. I have to take care of myself. I will return to Japan for treatment, get completely fit again, then make a decision on my future. Whatever happens I would prefer to continue working in grand prix racing´.

`It is a sad decision for me and quite difficult to make as grand prix racing was my life. For sure I will return but only after I am completely rehabilitated. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me in my career. The teams that I have raced for, the sponsors and the fans, everybody. I will miss racing but I will be back,´ he added. $$$ Despite never winning the World Championship, Ueda has enjoyed a long and successful career and finished as runner-up in both 1994 and 1997. He will always be remembered for his wildcard debut in 1991, when he took pole position and won the race. Further flashes of his outstanding talent lit up a 125cc career which spanned over a decade and was regularly hampered by injury, particularly in 1998 when he almost ended his career. Ueda took a total of 13 victories, 38 podiums and 19 pole positions.

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