Articles tagged Kenny Roberts

Page 49 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, February 1980

Roberts Takes to Four Wheels

Kenny Roberts, World 500 c.c. Motorcycle Champion in 1978/1979 will make his racing debut on four wheels in the Daytona 24 hours on February 2nd. Roberts will drive a Pontiac Fire-Am in the 24 hour American classic, co-driven by off-road racing champion Walker Evans and Herb Adams. He knows Daytona well, having won the Daytona 200 in 1978 and using the circuit regularly for Goodyear tyre testing...

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Mat Oxley

‘Steady’ Eddie Riders from the United States of America won all but three of the 16 500cc world championships between 1978 and 1993. The best known of those champions are Kenny Roberts, who blazed the American trail in Europe during the 1970s, the otherworldly talented Freddie Spencer, who succeeded King Kenny in the 1980s, and Kevin Schwantz, the wild-riding, crowd-pleasing Texan winner of the...

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The unforgettable race

— Insight — The Unforgettable Race The 1979 British GP is etched in motorcycling folklore. The leaders were almost inseparable throughout... and remained so at the finishing line Sheene's duel with Kenny Roberts at Silverstone in 1979 was one of bike racing's all-time greatest moments. Not surprisingly, Roberts remembers it well, not least for the notorious hand signals that the pair exchanged...

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All arms and elbows

Marc Márquez rewrote the rules of MotoGP technique last season and, in so doing, became the youngest premier-class champ in the sport’s history. What drives Spain’s latest bike-racing phenomenon?Writer Mat Oxley You are at the circus to witness the world’s greatest high-wire artists do their thing. You can barely see the wire, one hundred feet above you, and there’s no safety net. The lights go...

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Mat Oxley

Rossi: The greatest ever? There were groans of despair all along the pitlane when Valentino Rossi recently announced that he may stay in MotoGP for another four or five seasons. But if the MotoGP king’s young rivals were downcast at the news, there were squeals of delight from the offices of series rights-holder Dorna. Rarely has one man carried a sport like Rossi carries MotoGP. Such is the...

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King Kenny's Tales

By Mat Oxley It would be wrong to publish a tribute to Barry Sheene without talking some more about King Kenny Roberts. The careers of the Cockney and the Californian were inextricably entwined during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Roberts was a maverick racer, afraid of no one and unafraid of informing anyone of that fact. Over the years he has been a US dirt track champion, a world road-racing...

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A racer in his own right

Motor racing glory runs in the Hill family, but Damon is determined not to bask in his father's shadow Not since Jackie Stewart stepped into a BRM back in 1965 has a British driver graduated to F1 with such good equipment, so early in his career. And nobody is more aware of the magnitude of the opportunity presented to him than Damon Hill. For weeks the prospect of getting the second Williams-...

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

"Just look at that!” gasps Derek Bell, diverting my attention from the startline to the view on our right. Beyond the straw bales and the distant treetops, the giant Vulcan bomber floats magnificently into sight, so sedately it seems inconceivable it won’t plummet. We’re mesmerised, and for a moment I forget where I am. So too has Derek, it seems, until our attention is snapped back to why we’re...

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Forward thinkers

The next generation of F1 and Indycars must balance green technology with better racing. It’s a challenge that renowned engineers John Barnard and Mario Illien have been contemplating for years By Gordon Kirby For years the racing world has talked about introducing sweeping new technical rules, and last spring both the FIA and the Indy Racing League announced separate initiatives to create new...

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Original thinking

John Barnard has always been fascinated by motorcycles. So when he was offered the chance to become chief engineer at the Banbury-based Team Roberts MotoGP outfit, he couldn’t resist. The very different challenges of making a motorcycle go round a race track intrigued Barnard, who had spent much of the previous few decades revolutionising Formula 1. He was certainly fascinated by the lean angles...

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