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Aksland evaluates Team Roberts performance

Aksland evaluates Team Roberts performance

Despite not having had the best of season starts on the track, Team Roberts have at least added some stability to their sponsorship situation in 2007.

Despite not having had the best of season starts on the track, Team Roberts have at least added some stability to their sponsorship situation in 2007. Since the race at Jerez they have added Top One Oil as their latest sponsor, assuring the team's presence on the grid which had previously been in doubt.

Success with gathering support from sponsors is something that the team will be hoping rubs off on Kenny Roberts Jr, who has not yet managed to break into the top ten on the 800cc KR212V. Chuck Aksland from Team Roberts spoke to motogp.com to give his evaluation on the outfit's season so far.

"Well, in Qatar we were really hampered by our qualifying position," reflected Aksland. "With the lap times so close, it was difficult to make up positions starting so far back. We also seemed to be lacking in performance down the long straight, Kenny struggled as he would have to try and make up a lot of ground through corner speed, but then he would lose it back on the straight. This was pretty frustrating for him. However, if he would have been able to start in the first few rows, then we were confident that the overall lap time could have seen him run inside the top 10.

"As for Jerez, we cannot say that it was too bad in reality," he continued. "We were quick on day one, quickest in one session and in qualifying we were three tenths of a second from pole position, which is not that far off. Kenny did not have a great start and was running inside the top 10 when the bike seemed to jump out of gear. He was not sure what the cause of this problem was so he had to slow down to make the finish of the race. All in all, if not for this problem a top 10 was probably on the cards, but luck was not on our side. Although the finishing results don't look great on paper after the first two events, we do not think we are that far away from top results."

Things picked up for Team Roberts last season after the introduction of a new chassis, and there is continual progression, particularly in this area, in 2007.

"There's always new stuff in the works. There are some areas with the chassis which we are currently modifying that we feel will improve the bikes performance for Turkey. These bikes are constantly evolving, we are always trying to improve the handling, traction and the chassis' relationship with the Michelin tyres. As one area steps forward, the rest need to follow; it never stops," concluded Aksland.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Kurtis Roberts

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