Thursday, July 08, 2004


So, do you think Kenny Roberts, Sr. is cringing or rejoicing right now?

Malaysian-owned Proton, Asia's largest auto manufacturer and venturing counterpart with ProtonKR Racing (the Roberts GP effort), announced in a press release today that it has purchased control of Italian sportbike manufacturer MV Augusta. Hmmmmmmmmm.

I can't help but wonder what, if any, effect Proton's grabbing of the reins at MV will have on Kenny Roberts, Sr. and his fledgling, seemingly curse-ridden MotoGP team. Specifically, I wonder how much of the R&D technology that has been developed via the KR bike is ultimately the property of Proton, and is it possible that the ProtonKR effort could end up boiling in the same pot with MV? Time will tell.

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