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Nobby Ueda still getting his motorcycle fix despite retirement

Nobby Ueda still getting his motorcycle fix despite retirement

Nobby Ueda still getting his motorcycle fix despite retirement

After the final Grand Prix of the 2002 season at Valencia, Nobby Ueda announced the end of his illustrious career. The Japanese veteran had spent 12 years battling for the 125cc World Championship, and came within touching distance on several occasions, establishing himself as one of the most charismatic and popular members of the paddock.

Ueda is still recovering from the injuries which effectively ended his season after a crash at Mugello last June, as he tries to plan for a new future in the world of motorcycle racing. `I will be back at Suzuka this year but for the first time in a while I won't be racing as I'm commentating for Japanese TV channel NHK´, he explains. `I want to help make the popularity of the sport grow through television. I was also teaching kids how to ride pocketbikes at the recent Suzuka Circuit festival, at the school run by Takuma Aoki. It is a very gratifying experience and I would like to continue doing it´.

Nobby was honoured at the festival with an award for his role in the development, promotion and popularisation of motorsport in Japan. After his long and hard fought career, Ueda remains obsessed with motorcycles and travels to collect pieces for his personal collection. Of course, he still follows the sport as closely as possible: `Obviously I have been keeping a close eye on testing, ' he says. Ui is looking very quick with the Aprilia, and the new Honda also seems very competitive. I am looking forward to seeing the KTM which has been developed by the same technician that worked on the Derbi and the Gilera. Malaguti are also there, in the Semprucci team I know so well. I am really looking forward to the start of the season´.

125cc, 2003

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