Team Roberts are en route to Brno and hope to race in this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix - despite having been informed, just over a week ago, that engine supplier KTM that they would not be supporting the team for the remainder of the season.

The news was obviously a massive blow both to the team and their rider, former British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne, but the Oxfordshire based outfit are now concentrating on having a bike and rider on this Sunday's grid.

The engine powering their Proton KR chassis is almost certain to be the Roberts built V5 unit that Kurtis Roberts and Nobuatsu Aoki campaigned last year and Jeremy McWilliams helped develop during 2003 - and it is the 41-year-old Ulsterman who is now on standby for a surprise return to MotoGP.

"The truck is en route to Brno and we are working very hard to ensure we race there," stated managing director Chuck Aksland. "The V5 is available and we are endeavouring to put a plan into action, but we still have people to speak to. I did speak to Jeremy McWilliams but we can't make a decision about the rider just yet."

"I have spoken to Team Roberts but nothing has yet been decided," confirmed Jeremy, who has just recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in a tough season in BSB. "I will not be riding in the Bennetts Superbike round at Cadwell on Monday and so I'd love to ride at Brno if I get the chance..."

The reason McWilliams might ride - and not Byrne - is because Shakey is actually contracted to KTM and so is expected to be unable to ride a non-KTM powered machine. Meanwhile, question marks remain over whether Team KR will be able to use Michelin tyres, since those were also paid for by KTM.

"I'm going to Brno just to check on everything and have a look at exploring some new options," said Byrne.

Opening practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix takes place on Friday morning.

 

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