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Kurtis Roberts to return to AMA

Kurtis Roberts to return to AMA

Kurtis Roberts to return to AMA

Kurtis Roberts is set to return to the United States in 2005 after a disappointing season in MotoGP with Proton Team KR.

Roberts, youngest son of Team Principal Kenny Roberts, finished 29th overall after scoring just one point and it has been confirmed by his former team, Erion Honda, that he will return to contest the AMA Superbike Championship and Daytona 200 Formula Xtreme race.

An announcement was made by Erion Honda Team owner Kevin Erion last week and has since been confirmed by Honda Racing, who issued the following statement:

Roberts will campaign a Honda CBR1000RR in the AMA Superbike Championship and a Honda CBR600RR in Formula Xtreme. The team will be backed by American Honda, Parts Unlimited and PJ1 Oils. A number of tests have been scheduled for February.

The deal represents a positive opportunity for both Erion and Roberts. For Erion, it keeps the team in the Superbike class where it's had success with both Roberts, in 2003, and Jake Zemke, last year. Both riders finished the season third in points.

With Honda Racing Corporation's decision not to supply works machinery to American Honda in 2005, it gives Erion Racing a chance to showcase their technical ability. For Roberts, it's a return to competitiveness. Roberts had his best season in 2003, when he won two of the final three races and finished third overall.

MotoGP, 2005, Kurtis Roberts

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