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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 October 2005, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Suzuki drop former champ Roberts
Kenny Roberts
Roberts won the MotoGP world title back in 2000
Former world champion Kenny Roberts has been dropped by Suzuki for next season, casting doubts over his MotoGP future.

Roberts, who won the title in 2000, has struggled with his form since - only finishing in the top 10 once since that championship victory.

He could find himself on the sidelines next season with no obvious drives.

Roberts is currently 12th in the world championship standings, thanks mainly to his second-place finish at the British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

"I could easily sit here and talk for hours about all the great times I have had with Suzuki," he said. "They have always been honest and have given me their best.

"I will of course miss many people. Over the years I have made many friends here at Suzuki, from the engineering level, to the management and of course within the team.

"I am eternally grateful for what Suzuki has done for me. They have given me the chance to win a world championship and I wish them the best. I know they can achieve whatever they wish to do."

Team boss Paul Denning insisted the team had made the decision because "it must look to the future".

"We need to place Suzuki back at the forefront of grand prix racing and we must take a fresh and new approach in order to achieve that," said Denning.

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