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Roberts and Suzuki to part company

Roberts and Suzuki to part company

Roberts and Suzuki to part company

Kenny Roberts Jr will not have his Team Suzuki MotoGP contract renewed for the 2006 season once his current agreement comes to an end in December.

No announcement has yet been made on Roberts Jr's future plans, although he is expected to link up with his father's Proton KR outfit. The 2000 World Champion was due to make his final appearance for Suzuki at the last round of the season in Valencia, but the injuries sustained at Phillip Island have now ruled him out of that event.

"I could easily sit here and talk for hours about all the great times I have had with Suzuki; they have always been honest and have given me their best," Roberts said. "I will of course miss many people. Over the years I have made many friends here at Suzuki, from the engineering level, to the management and of course within the team. I have many individual people to thank, but that is for another time. I am eternally grateful for what Suzuki has done for me. They have given me the chance to win a World Championship and I wish them the best. I know they can achieve whatever they wish to do."

Team manager Paul Denning stated: "Suzuki has made this decision because it must look towards the future and the new breed of motorcycles and racers that are due to arrive on the scene. We need to place Suzuki back at the forefront of Grand Prix racing and we must take a fresh and new approach in order to achieve that. Kenny would no doubt have achieved strong results and contributed more to the development of the GSV-R, but we must look further than 2006 and start to make plans for the next generation of machines in 2007 and beyond."

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