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McWilliams gets best finish of the year at Phillip Island

McWilliams gets best finish of the year at Phillip Island

McWilliams gets best finish of the year at Phillip Island

Jeremy McWilliams certainly knows his way around Phillip Island. The British veteran last year placed the Proton two-stroke on pole position ahead of a gaggle of the new generation four-strokes and 12 months later he steered the new V5 still heavy into its development stages to his best race result of the season.

McWilliams crossed the line in 11th to mark the highest position yet for the five month old four-stroke in just its ninth race, only two GPs after Nobu Aoki's 14th place at Motegi delivered the team's first points of 2003 with the project. Starting from a qualifying position of 10th (another ‘best') McWilliams engaged in an intense battle with Gary McCoy and John Hopkins and eventually won the charge to the line.

"It was good racing for points again and I enjoyed it. As always, it could have been better. I had a fuelling problem in the early stages and the engine kept pushing with the throttle closed. I nearly came into the pits but I didn't skittle anybody because of it and on about the third lap it came better. I was having a big battle with McCoy and Hopkins. It was very frustrating to get passed on the straight and have to battle it all back at the hairpins. Unfortunately Tamada came through on the Honda and I couldn't do anything about him but I managed to lose the other two. I enjoyed the race and it's good to see the guys in the team happy after all their hard work. Maybe it will even bring a smile to the old bugger's face!" (referring to Team owner Kenny Roberts, who was not in Australia).

It was a particularly satisfying weekend for the team who were feeling the impractical strain of the three fly-aways.

"It was really good to see our bike up there racing with the group, and finishing ahead of them," said Team Manager Chuck Aksland. "It was a good result and we're pretty happy with the way our machine has dealt with the three flyaway races without problems and getting our first points. Next year we'll be back with a much better bike."

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MotoGP, 2003

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