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McWilliams on his comeback with Team Roberts

McWilliams on his comeback with Team Roberts

McWilliams on his comeback with Team Roberts

Jeremy McWilliams was back in the MotoGP paddock for the Gauloises Ceske Republiky Grand Prix at Brno, standing in for Briton Shane Byrne in the wake of Team Roberts' recent conflict with KTM.

The Ulsterman rode the 2004 V5 prototype developed by the Banbury-based outfit and endured a troubled weekend as the bike hadn't been used since last season. It was also McWilliams' return to action as he suffered a shoulder injury earlier this year in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship which had kept him sidelined for the past few months.

"It was a tough weekend for all of us," said McWilliams. "The team had to bring along the bike, which hadn't run since last year at Valencia. It wasn't ideal of course."

"I had some trouble in the race. A small engine sensor failed and unfortunately it made my throttle stick. When I was trying to brake, the bike would just go forward. You can't ride a MotoGP bike in those conditions. I tried to put in more laps until it got really dangerous and I had to come in."

"Coming to this GP, I was more nervous than I had ever been in my career. It was quite daunting, but once we started qualifying it was okay. As we had many problems because the bike hadn't run for so long, I didn't get to do as many laps as I needed, we were playing catch-up every time I went out."

"I've been injured for quite a while. I'm happy to be here again and to ride the bike. The team was in a difficult situation and it was nice to help out... unfortunately not well enough."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Kurtis Roberts

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