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James Haydon to replace Kurtis Roberts in Qatar

James Haydon to replace Kurtis Roberts in Qatar

James Haydon to replace Kurtis Roberts in Qatar

British Superbike regular James Haydon will make his return to Grand Prix action in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar this weekend in place of the injured Kurtis Roberts at Proton Team KR.

Roberts is still recovering from left elbow and wrist fractures sustained in a practice crash at Brno five weeks ago but should be fit in time for Proton's home round in Malaysia on October 10th.

Haydon has not competed in Grand Prix since 1996, when he took a best finish of ninth place at Paul Ricard riding the 500cc ROC Yamaha.

Since then the 29-year-old has gained valuable four-stroke experience in British and World Superbike racing and finished eighth in this year's national series, which ended at Donington Park last weekend.

"I'm really pleased to be offered a ride in MotoGP," commented Haydon, who has already ridden a Malaysian-backed bike, the Foggy Petronas FP1, in the WSB series. "It's the top ambition of every rider. It's a lot different since I competed in the 500cc class.

"For me, the year developing the FP1 in World Superbike in 2003 was really important. It was a tough season with lots of problems, but I felt a lot more experienced and wiser at the end of it. Proton KR is a really good team and I'm going to have fun at Qatar."

"We're glad to have been able to get James Haydon to take the place of Kurtis at Qatar," said team manager Chuck Aksland. "He's had a good season in Britain, and brings a lot of experience in British and World Superbike racing with him. There's no pressure on him, but his feedback will be very interesting."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Kurtis Roberts

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