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Roberts satisfied with seventh

Roberts satisfied with seventh

Roberts satisfied with seventh

Kenny Roberts revealed his satisfaction at the end of a positive weekend for Team Suzuki, the former World Champion starting from pole position and riding to seventh after leading the early stages of the race.

"I got away ahead of everyone other than Max, and then I passed him right away," explained Roberts. "I was trying to pull a gap so I could hold them off down the straight and I managed to do that. I knew that they would come by me there eventually, but I was in a good position and I pushed as best I could to the end of the race.

"It's been a very positive weekend for us – we were only 23 seconds behind the winner, which is the best we've done for some time. I must congratulate Bridgestone on their first win. It's a fantastic performance after their recent problems and takes one thing out of the equation for us, at least at this track.

"Our two biggest problems at the moment are acceleration, which will come when we get more horsepower; and traction control. I noticed the others guys were using it and when the tyres go off, we desperately need it if we're going to keep getting closer to the front."

MotoGP, 2004, Kurtis Roberts

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