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Jun 19, 2002

Roberts Says He's Building V5 MotoGP Proton

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Mat Oxley<BR><BR>Three-time 500cc World Champion King Kenny Roberts has confirmed that he is building a V5 four-stroke for next year's MotoGP series. He is the first rival manufacturer to follow the winning lead of Honda's all-conquering RCV.<BR><BR>Like many MotoGP insiders, Roberts has predicted that all the big teams will gravitate to the same engine configuration, and right now the V5 seems the favorite option.<BR><BR>MotoGP regs offer a sliding minimum weight limit according to the number of cylinders in a machine, and since Fours and Fives run the same 145-kilogram limit, five pistons make all kinds of sense.<BR><BR>Roberts' team, backed by Malaysian interests, currently races with the Proton-badged KR3 two-stroke V3.<BR>