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Roberts Jr bags an amazing second place for Suzuki at Donington

Roberts Jr bags an amazing second place for Suzuki at Donington

Roberts Jr bags an amazing second place for Suzuki at Donington

Kenny Roberts Jr produced one the beat performances of his career today in the British Grand Prix, storming to a stunning second place in the torrential rain.

Roberts Jr started the race in 16th position and by lap three had moved up to fourth place. He then became involved in a five way tussle for the victory - at the rain-soaked Donington Park in England – with Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros, Suzuki's own John Hopkins and Colin Edwards. The lead changed hands between all the riders before a break away by World Champion Rossi gave him the victory, leaving Roberts Jr to battle it out with Barros for second.

"This was a tough race today, but when you're up front it's a lot easier than where we've been recently. I had a fun day and it's nice to be able to ride with these guys and to cross the chequered flag with them just behind or just in front of you.

"Today was one of those days when you really had to concentrate and not get ahead of yourself and start thinking about winning. I looked at my pit-board and it said 20 laps to go so I made an effort not to look at it again until later in the race. I didn't want to see what was happening behind – if I'd made a bit of a gap – because it's easy to lose concentration and run wide. Today was so easy to fall down and I just wanted to be there at the end – not to necessarily win the race but to have a good race and be up there with these guys."

As the rain continued to fall heavily, Team Suzuki MotoGP racer Roberts Jr made a fearless last-lap overtaking manoeuvre to seal a fantastic second place at the end of the exciting 29-lap race. Over 75,000 fans braved the sodden conditions to witness one of the best races of the season.

"It's been a long time since we have been on the podium and this is great for all crew and I hope that we can build on this and get something underneath me to be competitive next time out."

John Hopkins made a great start to the race and was leading by lap three, but a serious misting problem with his helmet visor caused him to run off the track and fall from his Suzuki GSV-R.

The brave Anglo-American re-mounted his bike and forced his way back to the pits to repair the damage before re-joining the race and finally finishing in a courageous and points scoring 11th place.

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Kurtis Roberts

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