MotoGP: Team KR set to miss start of season

Financial woes blunt Robert's MotoGP campaign

Posted: 14 February 2008
by Visordown News

TEAM KR MotoGP racing team, owned by multiple world champion Kenny Roberts, looks set to miss the beginning of the 2008 MotoGP motorcycle racing world championship.

The team, whose involvement in the 2008 series has been in doubt for several weeks due to financial constraints, lost the backing of manufacturer Proton in 2005 and was badly affected by the introduction of the new 800cc MotoGP rules in 2007 when the team used Honda engines.

Robert’s team had hoped to use Ducati engines in MotoGP this season or to run a factory backed MV Agusta team in the World Superbike Championship but neither deal has materialised.

According to media reports the team hopes to secure sufficient backing to return to the MotoGP series in the second half of the 2008 season.


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Its sad but that looks as though that's it for Team KR.

Few ever come back from this sort of setback.

I don't get it though.

Surely sponsorship can't be that hard to come by? 


Posted: 14/02/2008 at 19:45

Looks as though the deals they are working on are taking too long. The money they should have paid to Ducati to secure engines for this season wasn't available. End of an era. I would expect KR to come back though. He's been around a long time.

Posted: 15/02/2008 at 06:19

tripod_dave wrote (see)

I don't get it though.

Surely sponsorship can't be that hard to come by? 


I think it is at the back.

TV coverage that only ever shows the leading bikes, means it's better to be a small sponsor for one of the top teams than a title sponsor for one that's at the back.


Posted: 15/02/2008 at 07:25

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