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Kagayama to replace Roberts again

Kagayama to replace Roberts again

Kagayama to replace Roberts again

Kagayama to replace Roberts again Kenny Roberts Jr has failed to recover from chest injuries sustained just over one month ago at Mugello and will not race at Donington Park this weekend. Roberts, who is still recuperating at home in California, had hoped to make the race but has been obliged to withdraw before by the slow pace of his recovery and he will be replaced for the second race in succession by Yukio Kagayama.

`Of course it´s disappointing that Kenny is not fit enough, but it is important that he regains full strength before coming back,´ said Team Manager Garry Taylor. `On the other hand, it´s another chance to work with Yukio, who we know well from past GP experiences. He always tries his hardest and is fun to have in the team, and he did a great job for us at Assen, where he was thrown in the deep end´.

It is virtually a home race for Kagayama, who took his first victories in the British Superbike series with a double win at Rockingham yesterday riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Donington will be the fourth of nine consecutive racing weekends for the Japanese rider, as he is also preparing to contest the gruelling Suzuka Eight-Hour endurance race.

`I rode at Donington Park at the beginning of this year, testing the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike, and I liked it,´ said Kagayama. `That was only the short track, but the GP track is the same except for two easy corners. You don´t need maximum power there, with the short straight and many corners. I think we can get a good result.´

MotoGP, 2003, Kurtis Roberts

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