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Locatelli: I had to go for the win

Locatelli: I had to go for the win

Locatelli: I had to go for the win

Roberto Locatelli admits that his quest for the 125cc World Championship is now an impossible mission after his last lap crash at Motegi on Sunday left Andrea Dovizioso with a 45-point advantage at the top of the standings. Locatelli, who already won the title in 2000, said he had no choice but to go for the win in Japan to try and pull some points back on his compatriot.

There isnt much difference between finishing second or finishing fifteenth at this point of the championship so I had to attack Andrea in that corner. In the straight he had too much of an advantage his Honda is very, very fast and hes strong. Victory was the only result which was any use to me so I went for it, but when you ride on the limit mistakes can happen.

Have I lost the championship? Well, from the five-point advantage he had after the first race at South Africa to the 45 points he has over me now, you could say the name of the World Champion is written in the stars. But there are four races left and Ill keep fighting, trying to make things difficult for Dovizioso and making sure of the runner-up spot in the championship.

Locatelli added that whatever happens this season, his intention for next year is to return to the 250cc class, where he already competed in 2001 and 2002. Hopefully I will have a decision made by the time we get to Valencia, he stated. I would like a factory 250 but I still dont know what sort of project Lucio (Cecchinello, his current team boss) has lined up.

125cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Roberto Locatelli

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