KURTIS ROBERTS DOUBLES HIS POINTS AT SACHSENRING Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - July 15, 2007: Kurtis Roberts doubled his points total for the season by finishing in the points for a third successive GP, with his best result of the year in the...
KURTIS ROBERTS DOUBLES HIS POINTS AT SACHSENRING
Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - July 15, 2007: Kurtis Roberts doubled his points total for the season by finishing in the points for a third successive GP, with his best result of the year in the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
Roberts, riding as substitute for his elder brother Kenny Junior in only his fifth race, had a few small problems on the Team Roberts' framed, Honda-powered hybrid on the mostly left-handed course in former East German state of Saxony. Though the team is looking forward to a new chassis for Roberts' home grand prix in a week's time, Roberts worked with what he had and steadily moved up the order as others fell by the wayside.
And the 12th place finish, and promise of a new chassis, are both encouraging signs in advance of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend. It's at that race that the new Team Roberts' chassis will make its debut, perfectly timed to coincide with a track where Kurtis grew up and has the most local knowledge.
Today's race, round 30 laps of the 3.617 km Sachsenring, was won by fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa from Loris Capirossi (Ducati) , with defending champion Nicky Hayden (Honda) third.
KURTIS ROBERTS - 12th Position
"The thing wasn't quite as perky on the acceleration as it should have been, I thought. Maybe we had a little bit of a clutch slip problem or something. We just hung in there and did what we could do really and let everyone fall off around us and ended up getting 12th. We got more points for the team and that's important for these guys. And now I'm really looking forward to Laguna Seca, just because I know the track. It's just going to be nice to go there and not have to keep learning the track. At least I know the lines, which is something these other riders have every weekend that I don't. And I'm excited about the new bike and the progress the team's making. We're limited right now by something on this bike and hopefully the new chassis will fix that and we can start earning a lot more positions, a lot higher up in the finishing order. Because I know I can ride with these guys. I know Honda's capable of building the best four-strokes in the world, and I know my dad's team can build a great chassis, and I know Michelin makes the best tires. So now we just need to get the whole package to work and I think it'll be a lot more like last year to us."
TEAM MANAGER CHUCK AKSLAND
"I think he's been in the points more times than he hasn't. It was a strange race really. It was more of a tire attrition and bike attrition race, than a full-on race. Kurtis's times were consistent during the whole race. We need to get another second, second and a half out of the bike and maybe with some of the improvements we have coming, it'll get closer. We've made some progress and gained more information over the past few races. It will be interesting to see what he can on a track that he already knows. He'll be a step further ahead and hopefully the new chassis will work better. Could be a really interesting race for us."