King Kenny Roberts at Laguna Seca

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Fans of “King” Kenny Roberts will be in for a treat as the three-time World Champion will ride not once, not twice but three times at Laguna Seca during the 2011 U.S. Grand Prix, July 22-24.

As previously announced,  Roberts would join Eddie Lawson and about 200 fans in riding parade laps of the Monterrey, Calif., circuit on the Friday, July 22.

The King will return to the track on Saturday, July 23 to ride a few more laps on the Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike in the special 50th Anniversary red livery.

And if that weren’t enough, Roberts will ride again on the raceday Sunday, July 24 on the same Yamaha YZR500 he rode to win the 1980 500cc World Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to it!” said Kenny from his home in northern California, “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!”

The Motorcycle.com team will be there at Laguna Seca for the U.S.G.P. so look forward to reading our report on King Kenny Roberts, the MotoGP race and the other festivities.

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“The King” Kenny Roberts to Ride at Red Bull U.S. GP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!

Cypress, California, July 1, 2011 – Yamaha is very pleased to announce 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!

“I’m really looking forward to it!” said Kenny from his home in northern California, “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.

To see a video, click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k8hJWKIVNs

“These very special on track activities are part of our plans to celebrate Yamaha’s prestigious 50th Anniversary of World Grand Prix racing “said Bob Starr, General Manager, of Communications for Yamaha, ““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!”

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  • Niels Daniels

    Watched him ride that bike when it was New along with My son Kris since he was 7yrs old. We were also at his Retirement party, spent an hour or so talking with his Mom in the motor home.
    GREAT MEMORIES!!!!! Never missed a GP @ Laguna