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Proton Team KR to use two-strokes again at Welkom

Proton Team KR to use two-strokes again at Welkom

Proton Team KR to use two-strokes again at Welkom

Proton Team KR have confirmed that they will be using their antiquated two-stroke 500cc machines for what they hope will be one final time at Welkom this weekend. The British-based team headed by former World Champion Kenny Roberts claim their V5 990cc four-stroke is fast reaching the stage of shake-down track tests and are hopeful it will be ready to make its competitive debut at Jerez in just over two weeks´ time. `I hope this will be the last GP our riders are the slowest down the straight,´ said Roberts.

In fact, the twisting Phakisa Freeway could favour the two-stroke, with the power-sapping altitude of more than 4,500 feet, fourteen tight and technical corners, and the slippery, bumpy surface all conditions that should help the lightweight 3 cylinder machine reduce the gap to the all-powerful four-strokes.

`This track´s nothing like Suzuka,´ added rider Jeremy McWilliams. `The difference with the four-strokes won't be so great. They´re really strong the way they catapult out of corners as well as just straightline speed, but there´s some sections at Welkom that are flowing, and we´re alright there.´

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MotoGP, 2003

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