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Bye Bye Mr Roberts

Sorry I've been away a bit guys.. Anyway, got this today from a buddy of mine with Suzuki...

Kenny Roberts Jr will not have his Team SUZUKI Moto G P contract renewed for the 2006 season, when his current agreement comes to an end in December.

The 32-year old American joined Suzuki in 1999 and within two years the Suzuki Factory and Roberts Jr were celebrating victory in the 2000 World Championship. In his first two seasons with Suzuki, Roberts Jr won eight Grand Prix and was on the podium a further nine times. Suzuki and Roberts Jr have found success a little harder to come by in recent seasons, but still he showed his race-craft at a rain-soaked Donington Park in July this year where he finished in second place.

Roberts Jr has been instrumental in the development of the prototype Suzuki GSV-R race bike and has been a consistently good ambassador for Suzuki, and a consummate professional, throughout his career. He is the second highest rider in Suzuki’s list of Grand Prix starters – behind only 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

No announcement has yet been made on Roberts Jr’s future plans. 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 ruled him out of that event.

Kenny Roberts Jr:

“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. 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.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“It has been a great honour to work with a Kenny during my first season in MotoGP. His knowledge and understanding of a racing motorcycle is better than any other racer I have met. He has great respect from all at Suzuki for bringing them the World Championship in 2000 and for the tireless work he has put into developing the GSV-R into a competitive race bike. He will always be regarded as a great champion within the history of Suzuki.

“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.

“On behalf of Suzuki Motor Corporation, we would like to thank Kenny for his skill, his dedication and his commitment to Suzuki since 1999. Together, Kenny and Suzuki became World Champions and that is something that will never change.

“On a personal level, I would like to thank Kenny for helping me and the team to learn so much during 2005. We will miss his consummate skills and his partnership. We very much hope that Kenny will stay in contact with us in the future – much like Kevin Schwantz, Kenny will always be one of Suzuki’s Champions at all levels.”

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anyone guess who's taking his spot? hehe....

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Australian rider Chris Vermeulen is set to be announced as a Suzuki rider alongside John Hopkins as a replacement for Kenny Roberts Jr.

Vermeulen, who finished second in the Corona Extra Superbike World Championship riding for Ten Kate Honda, moved to MotoGP for the Philip Island and Turkish rounds of the championship as a replacement for the injured Troy Bayliss and is thought to have been in negotiations with Suzuki prior to the Assen round of the World Superbikes in September.

The move is considered as a certainty by Vermeulen's local Queensland press in Australia with the Gold Coast Sunday Mail saying the deal is all but done and paddock insiders admitting as much.

The timing of the announcement would make sense with Roberts' departure from the Suzuki camp where he has ridden since 1999 having been announced this weekend and Vermeulen out in his final MotoGP ride for 2005 with Honda as Bayliss is set to make a return for the season end at Valencia in November.

Vermeulen has impressed in Turkey on the Camel Honda, qualifying in eleventh place. Honda wanted the Australian star to remain in the World Superbikes for a season then head to MotoGP full time in 2007, but the Aussie's aim seems to be on the main game.



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read it but still do not believe it i wish the guy the best of luck
he is an awesome rider



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vermuelen was riding great on the RCV, just give him a little bit more time and let his skill transfer to motogp and i'll think he'll be a hit
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vermuelen was riding great on the RCV, just give him a little bit more time and let his skill transfer to motogp and i'll think he'll be a hit
The GSV-R is a career killer. Roberts was the man, its a shame to see him go. Vermeulen was great in wsb, but if Hopkins and Roberts couldn't make that bike competitive, I see no reason to think that chris can.
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I tend to agree here, and a lot of very knowledgable people are saying the same... he had a guaranteed Honda ride for 2007 but wouldn't wait in WSBK for one more year. Pretty short-sighted imo.
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