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John Barnard joins Proton Team KR as Technical Director

John Barnard joins Proton Team KR as Technical Director

John Barnard joins Proton Team KR as Technical Director

Team Roberts have announced that John Barnard has joined the team as Technical Director. Mr Barnard, famous for his prolific design work with racing cars, assumes this role immediately at the team´s United Kingdom base of operations. In a career spanning some 35 years, he has worked most notably on the design of McLaren's 1974 F1 World Championship-winning M23, the Indy Car championship winning Chaparral 2K, and the first all composite monocoque Formula One car – the McLaren MP4/1, which dominated the series during the mid-80s. Barnard also developed F1´s first semi-automatic gearbox for Ferrari, and designed the carbon composite gearbox for the 1998 Arrows A19 F1 car.

In the capacity of Technical Director for Team Roberts, Mr. Barnard will be responsible for all engineering and technical development of the organisation´s projects, including the 2003 Proton KR V-5 four-stroke MotoGP machine. He will also oversee all technical aspects of the racing team. `There are a lot of things that can be done with motorcycles,´ stated Barnard. `It is all very exciting. There are new ways to make things as well as new ways to approach things in general. Above all we must be realistic. We need to build a good foundation and get our feet on the ground, from there we can move forward.´

Team Roberts owner, Kenny Roberts added: `Bringing John into our organization is another step in our quest to achieve a higher level of engineering, overall expertise, and competitiveness. I´ve known John for a lot of years and have complete faith in his ability to help us evolve our company and our team to a higher level.´

MotoGP, 2002

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