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Youichi Ui gets his season back on track in Mugello

Youichi Ui gets his season back on track in Mugello

Youichi Ui gets his season back on track in Mugello

Japanese rider, Youichi Ui, made a spectacular return to form in the Gran Premio Cinzano D´Italia after what had been a nightmare start to the season for the Derbi man. Ui began the new campaign amongst the favourites for the 125 crown, but a series of problems with his bike, and bad fortune, had limited him to just one finish this year before Sunday´s race. However, Ui came roaring back in Italy by claiming a last-gasp second place finish behind World Champion Manuel Poggiali.

The 29 year-old rider, whose previous best this term had been a sixth place in Jerez, has now moved up to ninth in the championship standings courtesy of his showing in Mugello. Ui started the race from ninth on the grid, but after getting away to a good start, he was up with the leading riders throughout. The Derbi rider was clearly delighted with the result, and will be hoping that this weekend might signal the turning point of his season, and the beginning of a renewed push for the championship.

´Right from the beginning of the season we have had a lot of problems in the development of the suspension and front fork of the bike, which caused me to lose feeling when riding. Since Jerez, little by little, we have started to make progress and today the bike worked perfectly. I´m happy to get back on the podium, and now I´m hoping to do the same in Barcelona, and then take it from there´, stated Ui.

Derbi Team Director, Gianpiero Sacchi, was equally happy, and full of praise for Ui´s efforts this year despite the difficulties. ´Today is an especially happy day for me because we´ve begun to see the enormous hard work we have put in over the last few weeks pay off. It was a hard situation for us, but neither Youichi nor the team got down about it. They´ve worked with real motivation and thanks to their efforts we have got ourselves back on track´.

125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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