Motorcycle Racing News Kenny Roberts to Ride Laguna MotoGP

Kenny Roberts to Ride Laguna MotoGP

2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP

Yamaha has announced that three time World Champion "King" Kenny Roberts will return to the track at the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway during this year’s running of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Roberts plans to take to the track all three days beginning with the previously announced fan lap on Friday, July 22nd, and then on Saturday, Kenny will ride a specially prepared factory YZR-M1 distinguished in 50th Anniversary livery for several laps during the lunch break. Then on Sunday, just prior to the start of the MotoGP finale, Kenny will ride his 1980 World Championship winning YZR500!

Kenny Roberts says: "I’m really looking forward to it! As this will be the very first time I’ve ridden at the USGP and my 31 year old championship-winning YZR is ready to go!"

Two years ago Kenny took a few laps around the famed Indy Mile to recall his incredible win there in 1975 (Video attached below).

Bob Starr (General Manager, Communications for Yamaha) says: "These very special on track activities are part of our plans to celebrate Yamaha’s prestigious 50th Anniversary of World Grand Prix racing. We are truly honored to have Kenny in our family and he continues to give back to his fans as he has done for so long!"

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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