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Kurtis Roberts happy with first point

Kurtis Roberts happy with first point

Kurtis Roberts happy with first point

Kurtis Roberts took his first MotoGP World Championship point at the Grand Prix Polini de France on Sunday, crossing the line in fifteenth place ahead of fellow rookie Michel Fabrizio amidst confusing scenes as Sete Gibernau, Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi lapped them in the final corners as they themselves battled for the podium positions.

It was Roberts' first finish of the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in pre-season tests which forced him to withdraw from the first race in South Africa, and a series of minor mechanical problems saw him retire at Jerez.

With his elder brother Kenny Junior also finishing in the points, taking twelfth place on the Suzuki, the two sons of former World Champion and Proton Team KR boss Kenny Roberts became the first brothers to score points in the same premier-class race since Nobuatsu and Haruchia Aoki took ninth and fifteenth respectively at the Rio GP in 1999.

"Finally I got a race done!" smiled Kurtis afterwards. "My arm's a bit sore now … it's the first time it's done that many laps. Our problem now is we can't push the bike because we don't have the grip.

"You can ride it to 70 percent, but if you do any more you go slower, because it starts sliding all over the place, right from the start of the race. But we finished one, and got a little bit of experience.

"Now we need to make the bike work better with the grip level we have right now."

MotoGP, 2004, Kurtis Roberts

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