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Garry Taylor optimistic of an exciting finish to the season for Kenny Roberts and Suzuki

Garry Taylor optimistic of an exciting finish to the season for Kenny Roberts and Suzuki

Garry Taylor optimistic of an exciting finish to the season for Kenny Roberts and Suzuki

The respite in the season has provided a welcome opportunity for the team to take an important break from the track and reflect on the season so far from a different perspective. I have just returned from a week long trip in Spain, where I got to spend some valuable time with Sete Gibernau and we had a good chat about how we felt about things. I have spoken to Kenny Roberts every day on the phone too, and I have just spent an hour chatting to Technical Advisor Warren Willing. It is very important that we stay in regular contact through these weeks and we are all feeling a sense of renewed optimism with respect to the second half of the season. Kenny is recovering well from his arm operation and to tell you the truth I have not heard him sounding so bubbly and lively since the championship year in 2000. Kenny reminds me of Kevin Schwantz in that he doesn´t always share his problems with everyone or even admit them to himself, and I think the arm pump thing was bothering him more than he let on. Now at last it is firmly behind him and he is really looking forward to the next race at Brno. Looking back over the first half of the season we have to be satisfied with a great job, although as racers we are frustrated that we have not been on the podium yet. We have generally been around half a second off the pace but in this class that can cost you anything from five to ten places and I don´t think anyone predicted the racing would be so close in this fantastic new category. We have achieved a lot but we have also had our fair share of disappointing results, with too many crashes and retirements, and now we need to take the next step and make a consistent challenge for top placings. These summer weeks are always the time for a lot of stories and rumours about plans for next season, and I know the spotlight has been on our team with Kenny and Sete out of contract at the end of the year. I can confirm that our intention is to continue with the current set-up and we are currently in negotiations with both riders. It is only August and it is early days yet, but my feeling is that any uncertainty about future contracts can be a destructive distraction for riders and I am hoping to conclude talks as soon as possible.

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MotoGP, 2002, Kurtis Roberts

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