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“King Kenny” Roberts is arguably the most significant figure in motorcycle racing history: Twice AMA Grand National Champion, triple MotoGP World Champion, indefatigable fighter for riders’ safety and rights, championship-winning team owner, and constructor of the last two-stroke to score a MotoGP pole position.
Roberts came of age in 1973 when he wrapped up his first American Grand National Championship, a series that combined road racing with all kinds of dirt-track—short track, mile, half-mile, and TT, which included motocross-style jumps. The title was also his first success with Yamaha, which led to a hat-trick of 500cc/MotoGP world titles, from 1978 to 1980, and three more, as team owner with rider Wayne Rainey, from 1990 to 1993.
The Roberts story started when he was age 13 and learning to be a
—Racing History: “King Kenny” Roberts, by Mat Oxley
It was 50 years ago that “King Kenny” Roberts won his first major championship, lost a testicle, shot himself in the leg and nearly wound up riding for MV Agusta. Pretty intense year. But as Roberts says, “You kind of fumble through life…” Read about one of road racing’s greatest riders of all time’s most intense 12 months of fumbling, in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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