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Roberts celebrates his 100th Suzuki start

Roberts celebrates his 100th Suzuki start

Roberts celebrates his 100th Suzuki start

Kenny Roberts will make his 100th Grand Prix start for Suzuki in the forthcoming Japanese GP at Motegi. Only one rider has made more appearances in the premier-class riding a Suzuki - fellow American Kevin Schwantz who has 104 starts to his name.

Roberts, who joined Suzuki in 1999, will achieve his landmark at a circuit he holds dear. He claimed his first two MotoGP races at Motegi, in 1999 and 2000. Indeed, the win in 2000 was his last triumph in the premier class. Since then, all the victors at the Japanese GP have been Honda riders: Valentino Rossi in 2001, Alex Barros in 2002, Max Biaggi in 2003 and Makoto Tamada last year.

Donington Park saw Roberts's best performance of this season. After starting the race well down on the grid, the Suzuki rider produced a great fight-back and snatched second position after a amazing last-lap battle with Alex Barros. That was the first time Roberts had been on the podium since Rio in 2002 when he finished third.

During his seven seasons with Suzuki in the premier class, the American has claimed eight wins, 20 podiums and 10 pole positions. His crowning glory came when he took the World Championship title in 2000, the last season before Valentino Rossi begun his domination of the category.

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Kurtis Roberts

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