15 October 2000
Race reaction from the Pacific Grand Prix.
Ukawa (fifth) was another unhappy Japanese rider saying, “There was no problem with the machine - it was my fault. I did not have the set-up perfect. Like in practice, the rear was a bit loose on the way out of the corners, with too much wheelspin and sliding, so I couldn't fight to keep the third position I had for the first few laps.”
Roberto Locatelli won the 125cc race and in doing so his first World Championship, and was rightly ecstatic about the achievent; “I have been dreaming (of) this moment since I was a child. It was a dream but now it has come true! It has paid (for) all the sacrifices my family and my girlfriend's, Manuela, did for me. I wanted to win both the race and the Championship and, thanks to a fantastic Aprilia I have managed to get this enterprise. At the beginning of the race I pushed hard as I like to do, then, when I realised that Ui had fallen down, my nerves became more calm. In this moment I don't want to think of the next year; now it's time to celebrate. We will think about it tomorrow,” he told his official website.
Ui an the other hand was naturally downbeat and unhappy about the amount of local support he had received at his home Grand Prix, “I'm disappointed because I wanted to be the world champion and that won't be possible. Today, it was impossible to follow Locatelli's pace. I was controlling the race to be on the podium and let the fight be open until Australia. Unfortunately, I had the third crash of the weekend and all my hopes and those from the team were over. Besides, I didn't like to see more Italian than Japanese flags in my country,” he said.
Giampiero Sacchi, Derbi General Manager, tried to raise his team's spirits, “We said goodbye to the title, but we must be happy because the whole team did their best and worked at a high performance level. We've won five races and stepped nine times on the podium, something only a few can boast. We'll try to secure the runner-up in Australia. We'll keep working to improve our performance in 2001”, he said.
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