New to here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Proton Team KR V5 consigned to history

Proton Team KR V5 consigned to history

Proton Team KR V5 consigned to history

The Proton Team KR V5 prototype had its last race at Valencia on Sunday, with team boss Kenny Roberts looking at new options for the MotoGP World Championship 2005. Positive tests have already taken place with a KTM V4 engine inside a modified version of the existing frame and further development is expected to take place over the coming weeks.

"I've been happy with the machine performance over the last races, it's got reliable but we're just not on the pace - though we were first Dunlop finishers again," admitted Roberts. "I'm looking forward to putting together a better package for next year, if possible."

Whilst Kurtis Roberts, back after missing six races through injury, had withdrawn from the race on the second day suffering problems with his left wrist, Nobuatsu Aoki had the honour of taking the machine on its final laps and admitted to feeling a little melancholy at the end of the Grand Prix.

"It is probably the last race for this bike, and it makes me happy and sad, because I've been involved with the KR V5 project from the beginning," said Aoki. "It was a hard couple of years, but now I have many good memories of all the work we have done. I want to thank Proton and all the guys in the team."

MotoGP, 2004

Other updates you may be interested in ›