MotoGP » Flashback: 'King' Kenny Roberts at Indy Mile


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kickstart250 - Unregistered

July 23, 2011 4:14 PM

Legend is a word that is used too often. But not in this case!
The noise form those 750 yamahas was unbelievable.
I remember the transatlantic trophy races in the 70's when Kenny & Steve Baker came over and whupped our asses!
I can still hear & smell them.

TedG

July 07, 2011 6:20 PM

Excerpt from an article at motorcycle planet:

"....Harley teammates Jay Springsteen (then a just rookie) and Korky Keener initially led the twenty five mile main event quite easily, playing grab ass and spraying each other with dirt as the laps ran down to the black and white.

Oh, la de dah, isn't life grand at the front of the pack Jay? Yes, dear Corky, dreadful about our chum Roberts having such a bear of a time on that contraption ... say, what's that frightful noise?

Sensing a threat, Keener looked back very late in the race and saw Roberts doing his patented water through a screendoor drive through the pack. The shriek of the Roberts TZ750 struck a chord deep within Keener, he signaled Springsteen with a single index finger that Kenny, like death with a black robe and scythe, was coming for them.

Grab ass time was officially over....."

RawDawg

July 07, 2011 4:24 AM

King "I haven't ridden a motorcycle in a year"

Colin "REALLY??!!!"

Classic!

It is very easy to underestimate what the King did. For starters dirt track bikes don't have front brakes - if it goes wrong it goes wrong BIG. And this is a mile oval not a half mile or short track - they hit a 100mph at the Indy Mile (look how Val has the "oh my God!" look on his face"). And the TZ750 - it was a bike that made riders sh1t their pants. It was a bike that was literally so fearful that it was banned for being to fast and before someone got killed.

For the King to just jump on that thing (which I have heard describe as sounding like the Devil's leaf blower) and throw it on it's side and spin it up in a heart beat is incredible. They say if you really got "it" that you never lose "it". King Kenny has "it"!!!!

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