Luigi Seguy wins in Brazilian heat


By winning the Brazilian GP, Frenchman Luigi Seguy gave Yamaha the second overall GP victory out of four races in the 2000 season. Seguy fought it out hard with Honda mounted Mike Brown and came out on top with second and first place finishes. Brown managed a similar score, but was down five seconds on aggregate time. The other Yamaha YRRD riders present in Brasil had solid rides, with Carl Nunn and Alessandro Puzar scoring top 10 finishes.

There was quite some debate about the track conditions. Most riders did not really appreciate the fast character of the track, unlike Seguy. “I like it, fast, hard packed, maybe a little dusty. I got in a fast time early in qualification, which gave me a lot of confidence”. Carl Nunn experienced the opposite. “Everybody was doing good times early in the session, I couldn’t match the pace at first. The track got a bit slower towards the end when I got my rhythm, so I ended up with a so-so grid position”. Seguy qualified 2nd, Puzar 13th and Nunn 17th. YRRD supported riders Cherubini and Jorgensen were not present in Brasil. After the Dutch GP, two weeks ago, Brian Jorgensen had a second examination of his injured shoulder and this time a crack in his shoulder blade was diagnosed. The injury has forced him to take a rest for an estimated total of four weeks.

Heat 1 - L. Seguy – 2nd / A. Puzar – 7th / C. Nunn - 8th 

Seguy was one of the first riders into the first corner and he captured third spot after five laps when he passed Kenneth Gundersen. Seguy said. “It took some time to take second from Jamie Dobb, on lap eight I managed to pass him. Mike Brown was too fast for me though and I had to let him win the first moto.”

Carl Nunn had a good start and was in 10th. “My start could have been even better, I did not rev the engine high enough. Near the end of the race Puzar was behind me and I was riding defensively. Alessandro knew my lines though and in the end he got me. He was riding really hard and I had nobody in front, so I should not have let him pass me. I guess I was riding a bit stiff.” 

Puzar was content with his 7th position, but knew he could have gotten more. I was right behind Langston and Dobb when all of a sudden a rider rode into me. I lost too much time, but considering this incident, 7th is OK.”

Heat 2 - L. Seguy – 1st / A. Puzar – 5th / C. Nunn - 10th 

Yamaha riders were fighting for the lead in the opening stages of the second heat. Puzar was leading into the first corner followed by Seguy. “I got a great start.” Puzar said. “I was riding hard to keep Luigi behind me, when he passed me on lap five I tried to stay with him. Then I got a stone in my rear heel and crashed hard. My rhythm was gone though and I could not make it back to a podium position”. After Seguy passed Puzar, he had the track wide open to push even harder in order to keep Mike Brown at bay. “At some stage Brown started coming, but I had enough speed to control the gap. I would like to thank my team and all involved for this win, we have worked hard and have been testing so many new things, its good to see that we can now start to reap the rewards.”