Nobuatsu Aoki has declared his excitement at remaining with Proton Team KR for a third season, which will see the Japanese lead a heavily revised KR V5 into battle alongside new team-mate Kurtis Roberts.

Aoki, who was partnered by Aprilia bound Jeremy McWilliams in 2003, was the first rider to score championship points on the V5 and agreed terms to remain with the team in early January.

"I am very glad to stay with this exciting project. I was in it from the start, and it means a lot to me to be able to develop a completely original racing motorcycle," Aoki told the team's website.

"All last year, the bike improved. Then after the season I tested a development chassis that was another step - much better rear control, and much easier to slide. The engine is also getting better," he added. "This team is always going forward. That is why I am so happy to be part of it."

"Nobu has done a great job for the team over the last two years - making the most of things when the chances come up, and sticking with the programme during the difficult early development times of the new four-stroke," stated team owner Kenny Roberts.

"Of course it's important to have continuity in developing a machine, and Nobu gives us that continuity," added 'King Kenny'.

After suffering the disappointment of losing Bridgestone tyres, Proton Team KR have yet to name their replacement, but have already tested Dunlops.

 

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