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Roberts ruled out of next three races

Roberts ruled out of next three races

Roberts ruled out of next three races

Team Suzuki have announced that Kenny Roberts Jr. has been ruled out of the next three races following medical tests to his elbow injury, sustained at the Motegi circuit in Japan last weekend. Roberts suffered burns and dislocated his left elbow - the latter injury is the more troublesome although the joint was promptly relocated at the track.

"On returning home from Japan, Roberts attended Dr Art Ting's clinic in San Francisco where closer investigation revealed ligament damage that will mean he will not be fit to race again until the final round at Valencia on October 31st," said a team statement.

Team-mate John Hopkins was also an innocent victim of the same accident, which eliminated six riders in the first corner. Hopkins suffered broken ribs and a gash to his buttocks and has been undergoing intensive laser treatment in England. Although inevitably still in pain, he has pledged to race at Qatar next weekend, determined to make the most of the recent improvements in his Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP machine and the Bridgestone tyres.

Roberts' place will be taken in Qatar and Malaysian by Suzuki regular Yukio Kagayama, fresh from third place in the British Superbike championship, riding a Suzuki GSV-R, whilst in the following round at Phillip Island full-time Suzuki MotoGP test rider Gregorio Lavilla will ride the second Suzuki GSV-R.

MotoGP, 2004, Kurtis Roberts

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