Roberts was the best all around motorcycle racer to ever live IMHO. He was innovative, he was aggressive, and he studied the art. He's just a good ol' country redneck, but when it came to racing motorcycles, he was a genius, highly skilled, and unbelievably good.Ya' mention Kenny Roberts around me and you know your gonna' get a Like. :wink:
He and Mike, the bike, Hailwood were great road racers in Europe. Roberts not only won his first three world 500cc championships in his first three years in Europe, but he was a two time AMA grand national champion which required not just road racing, but 4 forms of flat track racing...mile, half mile, short track, and TT (tourist trophy). Flat track is a whole nuther world. The man, I have no doubt, could have been a motocross champ if he'd wanted to.There was an Italian guy before Roberts who raced a MV, I think his name was Agostini. He was pretty good too.