AMA Superbike will be racing at Laguna Seca this year after all, with AMA Pro Racing announced the addition of the Monterey, Calif., circuit to its 2014 schedule, joining the World Superbike Championship on July 11-13. Laguna Seca was not included in AMA Pro Racing’s calendar, but its addition now increases the number of rounds […]
Kenny Roberts Rides 1980 Yamaha YZR500 Around Laguna Seca [Video]
“Without Kenny, we might not be here,” said Colin Edwards, former World Superbike champion and current MotoGP rider, in the below video. “He was the godfather that brought us all over to Europe and showed us more or less that it was possible. He paved the way for us.”
To celebrate “King” Kenny’s legacy, Yamaha dusted off his 1980 World Championship-winning Yamaha YZR500 for some demonstration laps at the USGP at Laguna Seca in front of an appreciative crowd. Anyone who knows Roberts’ aggressive attitude predicted he would do more than doddle around the track. “Well, he always goes too fast,” said Kel Carruthers, former tuner for Roberts. “He hasn’t gotten any smarter as he got older, so you know he’s going to go faster than he should’ve ought to go.”
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Indeed, as you can see below, Roberts, now nearly 60, rode his old GP bike like he just got off it last year. It’s very cool that Yamaha arranged for this slice of history to be enjoyed by the current generation which has nearly no recollection of screaming GP bikes of old.