Motegi : Team KR - Day 2
Today, in the second day of practice at Motegi, Kenny Roberts (Roberts KR211V) qualified 14th. Since the beginning of the weekend, the Californian rider has not been satisfied with his KR machine and today he struggled again around the Japanese track.
said: "Basically, we jumped into qualifying and just had chatter in the front. It kind of solidified my lap time. The faster I went the more chatter I got. It's hard because it's just one of those perfect moments when trying-with a high grip circuit-to develop really hurt us. A lot of things on this bike we need to prove work by the end of the year. Sometimes I have to take the initiative to say, OK, we've got to run it."
"One thing's testing and the other thing is actual racing with other guys. We just got hung out to dry with the chatter. We kind of got a qualifier in late. We kind of had a bad day as far as that goes," Kenny Jr added. "Basically, I think if I get a good start, and hopefully everybody will get in each other's way, I can sneak into the top ten by the first couple of laps. I think from there I should be able to make some progress."
Kenny Roberts Sr, team owner, commented: "We've been trying to get a little bit easier to ride it fast. We need to improve our race pace for the total race.
That's what we've been lacking. Some of it has to do with the stiffness of the chassis. When there's no grip on the racetrack, we're fairly good right away, then we tend to get a little bit less competitive as the race comes around. Some of that we felt that the stiffness of the chassis was down a little bit, which makes it easier to ride when it's a little slippery, has a little bit more feel. But as the grip improves, it gets a little bit loose."
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