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McWilliams hopeful of new Proton deal next week

McWilliams hopeful of new Proton deal next week

McWilliams hopeful of new Proton deal next week

Jeremy McWilliams´ outstanding form this season has confirmed his reputation as one of the top talents in MotoGP. A best ever grid position of third for the Proton KR3 at Rio two weeks ago, despite a top speed disadvantage of around 25 km/h down the long straights, was the fruit of a year of hard work and high risk for the Ulsterman, who ended the weekend with a broken collarbone after crashing out of fifth place as his engine seized in the wet conditions.

At Motegi McWilliams is once again battling bravely against the superior power of the four-strokes, as he simultaneously wrestles with the uncertainty of his future in the top class of motorcycle racing. `I want to continue in MotoGP, but only if the right deal is on the table,´ revealed McWilliams ahead of final qualifying for the Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi. `I think teams would struggle to find other riders who are going as fast as we are at the moment and I am determined not to sell myself short. I can win races if the machinery is competitive´.

McWilliams is Britain´s only representative in the top class, and is hopeful of continuing his relationship with Proton Team KR in 2003 with a new deal possibly signed next week in Malaysia. `I would very much like to stay with Proton and continue the relationship we have developed, but I have a family to consider and I can only commit myself if I know the conditions are right. I have a good rapport with the whole team and hopefully something can be arranged next week.´

MotoGP, 2002

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