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Roberts forced out after free practice blow

Roberts forced out after free practice blow

Roberts forced out after free practice blow

After injuring himself in the first practice session of the Polini Australian Grand Prix, team Suzuki´s Kenny Roberts Jr will take no further part in this weekends event. Roberts crashed heavily at the end of the front straight just as he was going into turn one. The 2000 World Champion was thrown violently from his bike and landed heavily in the gravel.

He was immediately taken to the medical centre and, following lengthy investigations and x-rays, it was discovered he had a fracture in the wrist area of his left hand. Roberts Jr will return to California for further examinations and will not be fit to race at next weekends inaugural Turkish Grand Prix, meaning Team Suzuki MotoGP will run a one-man team.

As far as the session and the crash go there is not a lot that makes sense at the moment, said Roberts. I thought initially there would have been a mechanical failure or something to that effect, because Ive never high-sided going 200ks at the end of the straight like that before. The guys are looking over the bike now but there doesnt seem to be anything wrong. Its disappointing to have a crash that takes you out for the whole weekend when you didnt do anything to cause you to fall down in such a way it just happened!

Loris Capirossi had a similar sort of crash and high-sided at speed in the same place as I did. Ive heard that he thought the same as I did - that it was something mechanical, so I dont know whether it was just a chain of events or circumstances that led up to it. We were in the top three during the session and I was still on used tyres so I know what the situation would have been for the weekend, and I was looking forward to a strong finish.Id like to thank Dr Wei and everybody at the medical centre. I was having a bit of a hard time when I first got there and was struggling to stay in the situation because I had hit my head pretty hard when I got thrown around. (Team Physio) Dean (Miller), Gerry Biasi, the doctors and everybody from the team were great and tried to make everything as comfortable as possible. We will now try everything we can to get better from here and try to get back as soon as possible.


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