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Roberts explains Mugello crash

Roberts explains Mugello crash

Roberts explains Mugello crash

Former 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr. is to fly home to the USA tomorrow for treatment to chest injuries that ruled him out of Sunday´s Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, in the hope of regaining race fitness for the next round, the Dutch TT at Assen on June 28. Roberts suffered the injuries after colliding with team-mate John Hopkins in the race at Mugello last Sunday, and although no fractures were diagnosed, he believes he could have a cracked sternum. The crash, which ruled both riders out of the race, has been the topic of some speculation this week, but Roberts has admitted he was at fault.

`I picked the wrong time, and I messed up,´ said Roberts. `I have been trying to avoid this situation all year, but this time I had a bit more aggression. I had speed over John, so I wanted to get by him and try to stay with Colin (Edwards). I had a run on him out of the previous corner, but it wasn´t like a normal accident where I lost grip. As I shifted from third to second the bike immediately went sideways like I had the back brake on. From that point on I was just trying to recover and go off the track, or miss John´.

$$$ `John was wider than I was into the corner so I couldn´t pick it up and go straight because I would have hit him harder. I tried to lean it over and avoid him as best I could - but obviously I didn´t. It´s always the rider´s fault in this situation, but the problem was I had no control. From when I shifted back to second gear was just trying to hang on. Just along for the ride.

`As John said it´s difficult when things like this happen, especially within the team. I believe Suzuki understands John and I are trying our hardest to do well. I can only hope that when I´m physically ready to ride the bike again improvements will have been to make it more predictable and controllable.´

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, Kurtis Roberts

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