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Proton Team KR: Van Den Goorbergh wants more speed at home

Proton Team KR: Van Den Goorbergh wants more speed at home

Jurgen van den Goorbergh - 11th Position, 2:03.540

Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh qualified in a provisional 11th place in today´s first practice session for Saturday´s Dutch TT, putting the lightweight three-cylinder machine in a potential third-row starting position. But the Dutchman had expected better for his home GP, and promised that there was more to come tomorrow.Jurgen has qualified the KR3 on the second row of the grid for the previous two rounds, in Italy and Catalunya, and after testing at his home track before the last race had thought he could reproduce that strong form again. Even more than those circuits, Assen puts the emphasis and handling and corner speed rather than acceleration and sheer power, conditions tailor-made for the Proton.Today´s mild disappointment should not last, however, with one more day of practice remaining, and the team confident of finding solutions to the small problems that slowed Jurgen today.


I was hoping for a little better - but we still have things to improve. I can go into the turns quite quickly, but I seem to be losing time on the way out under acceleration. Kenny Roberts (team owner) thinks I am having to hold on to maximum lean angle too long, which we can change by working on chassis settings. Also we don´t have the same revs as the V4s at that point. I´m a little bit worried by my position, but I haven´t pushed it yet, and I know there are many places where I can be faster. Tomorrow we´ll keep one bike the same as today, and try some development on the other one.

CHUCK AKSLAND - Team Manager

We definitely have one bike working better than the other, so we couldn´t make full use of today. We seem to be struggling a bit for balance; Jurgen is pushing the front or the rear. We need to debrief, and than go out and find the balance for tomorrow.

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