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McWilliams ready to give Proton V5 its home debut

McWilliams ready to give Proton V5 its home debut

McWilliams ready to give Proton V5 its home debut

The new Proton KR four-stroke machines will be making their British debut at the weekend, just a couple of hundred miles up the road from where they were built. The Oxfordshire-based Proton KR Team, headed by three times World Champion Kenny Roberts, have raced the 990cc five cylinder machines at the last three grands prix, taking on the might of the Japanese and Italian factories in the most demanding arena of World Championship motorsport, and there would be no better place than Donington for British rider Jeremy McWilliams and Japan´s Nobuatsu Aoki to score their first points of the season.

`Of course Donington is a special race for all of us and especially for me with my only appearance in front of the home fans,´ says McWilliams. `I finished third in the 500cc race three years ago and there should be a fantastic atmosphere with such a big crowd expected over the weekend. We tested some new parts last week which seemed to work and we have a new engine on the Dyno already. We will test again on Wednesday and so I´m sure we can do better than we have done in the last three grands prix´.

`We are getting the bike to perform better into the turns and we hope to find more power from the dyno and from testing. It´s hard because we have no information about four-stroke performance at any circuit and so every time we are starting from scratch. We knew it would be tough but we are all pretty upbeat going into the Donington weekend´.

Find out what else McWilliams had to say by clicking the video link on the right of this page.

MotoGP, 2003

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