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Roberts fit to ride at Sachsenring

Roberts fit to ride at Sachsenring

Roberts fit to ride at Sachsenring

Kenny Roberts will make his return to action this weekend at a circuit which holds fond memories for the former World Champion. Roberts has twice qualified on pole position at the Sachsenring and took victory there in 1999, and will be hoping it once again proves to be a talismanic circuit after missing three races due to a troublesome chest and shoulder injury sustained at Mugello in June.

`After four weeks of not being able to do anything very much while I´ve been rebuilding my strength, I´m looking forward to getting going again,´ said Roberts. `It was good that Suzuki gave me the opportunity to take recovery at the right speed, to build up my strength and work through the pain at a reasonable level, without having to go at a pace that might aggravate the injuries.

`The GSV-R is very physical at the moment, because of how hard we have to ride it, and physically the Sachsenring is one of the harder tracks. I´ve been back in the gym since the week before the British GP, and for the most part I´m back to 100 percent´.

Roberts will be watched from pit wall by another former World Champion, Kevin Schwantz, who has been asked by Suzuki to provide a technical assessment of the prototype GSV-R and help reinforce the morale and determination of the team. `Obviously my old team is having some problems at the moment, and if there´s anything I can do to help, I will,´ said Schwantz, who fills a similar role as on-track consultant, adviser and patron to the successful AMA championship Suzuki team at home in the USA.

MotoGP, 2003, Kurtis Roberts

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