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McWilliams frustrated despite another Proton wonder show

McWilliams frustrated despite another Proton wonder show

McWilliams frustrated despite another Proton wonder show

Jeremy McWilliams left Brno on Monday morning feeling a mixture of satisfaction and frustration. The British rider rode the wheels off his Proton KR3 machine to bring it home in seventh place, the second two-stroke home behind the Honda NSR500 of Loris Capirossi, despite being around 50 horsepower down on the other bikes and conceding 10 kph on the fastest two stroke (and 20 kph on the fastest four stroke!). The Ulsterman´s race time would have taken him to second place in the 2001 race, just 0.2 seconds behind Valentino Rossi, but it was six seconds off a top six finish on Sunday and he knows it could have been better.

`I got off the line okay, but in the second and third corners I tried to go round the outside to gain places, and instead I was bumped back until I was almost last,´ explains the 38 year old. `After that I had to take a lot of risks and I had a few close calls. With our top speed disadvantage I had to rely on our better corner speed - about the only place I can overtake is midway through the chicanes, and that´s what I did. It´s good fun for a rider.´

Team Manager Kenny Roberts was full of praise for the veteran rider and his team after the race and McWilliams acknowledged the recent progress which has been made. `The whole weekend went well from the first session,´ he continues. `The Bridgestone tyres have improved so much - they give good grip for 90 percent of race distance now. But I wanted a top six finish, and it was frustrating not to be able to get that, because I think we deserved it.´

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MotoGP, 2002

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