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Nobby Ueda comments on the Championship and current exploits

Nobby Ueda comments on the Championship and current exploits

Nobby Ueda comments on the Championship and current exploits

Nobby Ueda decided to hang up his leathers at the end of last season but still follows closely the 125cc Championship that he had been a part of for 12 years. Enjoying a new role as a TV commentator and talent spotter, the former racer has become as active promotor of motocycle racing in his country. The charasmatic winner of 13 GPs spoke to and gave his thoughts on the current championship.

`Without a doubt this year is really close, a season where no-one has taken consecutive victories and there has been a large number of GP winners´, commented Nobby. `The youngsters are getting better race by race, and the more experineced riders are also showing their capabilities, even though Pedrosa seems to be the most consistent of the bunch. I was especially excited for Steve Jenkner and his first win because he deserves it,´ he added.

`I am surprised at the loss of Vincent. Both he and Locatelli are really fast riders. KTM really, like Gilera and Derbi are failing in their objectives at the moment in terms of their overall results. However I am convinced that all three will progressively improve and add to the excitement. I take pleasure from following the young kids like Dovizioso and Luthi, who are rising rapidly in the class. Personally I hope things go well formy former team-mate Lucio (Cecchinello) and of course for the two Japanese guys. Lucio is a quick and intelligent rider and I am sure he will have a good chance this year. With respect to my countrymen I think they are going through some tricky times. I believe that Ui is on the verge of bouncing back from a low period of form; Azuma is not doing so well but I hope he can now fix this situation after taking some days out to relax at home in Japan´.

Ueda has recently participated in a school for young riders; an acitivity in which he cleary has a lot of enthusiasm: `For a few days I held a course for young riders that took place at the Pocket bike school of Takuma Aoki. It occured at the Suzuki circuit, the same time as the 8 hour race and we had around 300 kids attending. The majority had visited before, either last year or at the Suzuka Fesitval. With Takuma and the circuit organisers we want to continue with this scheme and hopefully contribute something to the future of our sport.´

125cc, 2003

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