Team Proton Goes Home

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh qualified in a provisional11th place in today's first practice session for Saturday's Dutch TT,putting the lightweight three-cylinder machine in a potential third-rowstarting position. But the Dutchman had expected better for his home GP,and promised that there was more to come tomorrow.

Jurgen has qualified the KR3 on the second row of the grid for theprevious two rounds, in Italy and Catalunya, and after testing at hishome track before the last race had thought he could reproduce thatstrong form again...

The team reports that today's mild disappointment should not last, however, with one more dayof practice remaining, and the team confident of finding solutions to thesmall problems that slowed Jurgen today.

When asked about how the weekend was unfolding, van den Goorbergh replied: "I was hoping for a little better - but we still have things to improve. Ican go into the turns quite quickly, but I seem to be losing time on theway out under acceleration. Kenny Roberts (team owner) thinks I am havingto hold on to maximum lean angle too long, which we can change by workingon chassis settings. Also we don't have the same revs as the V4s at thatpoint. I'm a little bit worried by my position, but I haven't pushed ityet, and I know there are many places where I can be faster. Tomorrowwe'll keep one bike the same as today, and try some development on theother one."

CHUCK AKSLAND - Team Manager

Team Manager Chuck Askland addeded: "We definitely have one bike working better than the other, so we couldn'tmake full use of today. We seem to be struggling a bit for balance -Jurgen is pushing the front or the rear. We need to debrief, and than goout and find the balance for tomorrow."

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