Tough day in the principality for Yamaha

Race

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Yamaha riders at the 2000 San Marino MX125 GP today. Only Carl Nunn in race one and Luigi Seguy in race two were able to offer any resistance to Grant Langston (KTM) and GP winner Thomas Traversini (Husqvarna), who dominated proceedings.

Heat 1 - C. Nunn – 6th / L. Seguy – 10th

Despite a lack of real passing opportunities at the slippery San Marino circuit, race one saw the lead change hands on five different occasions in as many laps. Manneh, Langston, Parker, Camerlengo all took turns at the helm before Grant Langston recaptured front spot. This time the South African held on to the finish. 
Carl Nunn ended best placed Yamaha in sixth. The Briton started well and threatened the leaders in the early stages before slipping back. “We used a softer suspension setting today and it seemed to help.” commented Nunn. “I got away well but my tyre choice hampered progress and it was not easy. A few riders passed me and I wasn’t able to fight them off, so I concentrated on getting the bike home safely.”
Luigi Seguy was held up in midfield but battled away bravely to finish the first moto in tenth place. He said, “I had a bad start and was at the back of the pack but by halfway I had recovered to midfield. Unfortunately as I passed Stevanini we touched and I fell. I got back up, tried again and finished tenth which is ok under the circumstances. The bike was really good but I will change the fork settings for race two.” However, veteran Alex Puzar faired less well, retiring after only six laps after failing to come to terms with the track conditions.

Heat 2 - L. Seguy – 6th / C. Nunn – 8th / A. Puzar – 13th.

In the second moto, it was Frenchman Seguy who upheld Yamaha’s honour by surging through the middle order to capture sixth place. Seguy said, ”I got an average start – maybe 15th at lap one. I had a harder tyre on which meant it was tough to keep a good pace up in the early stages, but when the rain came I had much better drive and passed many riders to get sixth at the flag. I am happy because I’ve moved up one position, to fourth, in the championship today.” 
Despite a fall while fighting for fifth position, Carl Nunn recovered well to bring his Yamaha home eighth. A circumspect Nunn commented, “When the gate dropped I was caught unawares and made an awful start. I passed a few riders to get myself up to eight by the end of lap one, but after that overtaking became really difficult. Langston passed me after putting me under pressure for quite a while and as I tried to fight back I fell. I got up quickly but the chance of a top five finish had gone.”

Alex Puzar put the misery of race one behind him with a solid 13th place. His race featured an incredible finalé when the Italian passed eight riders in the last four laps. Puzar said, ” I got another bad start but when the track got wet, I was able to find some good speed and pick up places.”