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Roberts finds way forward by turning off traction control

Roberts finds way forward by turning off traction control

Not testing post-race in Malaysia, and without the opportunity of fighting for points after an off-track excursion, Kurtis Roberts used his time wisely for the remainder of the race at Sepang to experiment with his settings and electronics.

Not testing post-race in Malaysia, and without the opportunity of fighting for points after an off-track excursion, Kurtis Roberts used his time wisely for the remainder of the race at Sepang to experiment with his settings and electronics.

The 28 year-old found a unique way forward with his settings, turning off the traction control that some have accused of being an unfair aid to the MotoGP riders, and managed to clock his fastest lap of the entire weekend at the midway point in the race immediately afterwards.

´I ran off the track after the first six or seven laps, and when you´re already at the back then you lose that much time, then you´re about a minute behind, explained the Team Roberts rider after the race.

It kinda sucks as far as that goes. But I just tried to stay in there and get more used to the bike, changing settings, and figuring out what to do for Valencia to make it better. Maybe we can reward everyone´s work. The mechanics and crew guys have all worked really hard, so Id like to give them something to cheer about.

I started changing the traction control settings, and I found what worked. I took it all the way off, then I could turn the bike better, and it improved the lap time. This is my first year of riding with traction control. I´ve never liked it, but you can find a way to ride round the problems and maybe get rid of it, get the set-up better and maybe go faster. The fastest lap I did all weekend was with it off.

Team Manager Chuck Aksland was pleased with Kurtis findings, and also added that it was not an entirely new direction for Team Roberts to explore.

Kurtis tried different settings to help understand what the bike is doing overall. We played around with that at the beginning of the year, with Kenny Junior, and you learn something every time you switch a button and try something new. He said it did do some positive things, explained the American.

We´ll go to Valencia and start with similar settings, and see if it works positively there. If not, we´ll work again to try and find what suits that circuit.

Team Roberts are currently in search of a new engine provider for their 2008 project, having been denied the machinery required to ride what they feel is an essential two rider outfit by Honda.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Kurtis Roberts

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