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Kurtis Roberts returns for Valencia

Kurtis Roberts returns for Valencia

Kurtis Roberts returns for Valencia

Kurtis Roberts returns to MotoGP action in time for the final round of the season at Valencia this weekend after missing the last five races through injury. Roberts fractured his elbow and wrist in a practice crash at Brno in August and has been recovering at home in California whilst his place at Proton Team KR was covered by British rider James Haydon.

"It's been such a long time, and I want to get back on a racing bike," said Roberts. "My wrist took longer than I expected to get healed and strong, and I'd hoped to be back earlier. While I've been away there's definitely been progress with the team. I hope this will be my best race of the year."

"It will be good to have Kurtis back, especially at a track he is familiar with from pre-season testing," added team manager Chuck Aksland. "He's been training and doing a lot of laps on motocross bikes back home in the USA to build up his strength and endurance. Now he feels ready to race again."

The last race of the year concludes the team's own nineteenth season as a private team in the top class of motorcycle racing. It has been a year of difficulty but also of progress and promise for the 990cc V5 MotoGP prototype, with its unique aero-space inspired chassis. More tests of a new Austrian-built KTM V4 engine in the carved-from-solid Proton KR V5 chassis are scheduled for November.

"Our engine shop has done a great job over the flyaway races, with the engines reliable, and they have found a little more horsepower," said Aksland. "We will have all our best stuff at Valencia, and we'll be giving it our best shot to finish in the points again."

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Kurtis Roberts

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