Middle child in a Roberts family - Kenny Jr. was born on July 25, 1973 in Modesto, California. Known as famous "King" Kenny, He is a multiple winner and three-time champion in the class 500cc. Since childhood - he got training and employment in motocross. "Junior" took the path of his father, was a racer, his path to the top was more simple than that of his father: from the cradle to the paddock, racing was in his blood. The fourth title in the family - He is the another proof of that.
Career of Motorcycle Road Racer Kenny Roberts Jr
1988 - debut in motocross
1989 - "attempt at writing" in races Tarmac
1990 - debut in a road-racing circuit in the 250cc - 5 wins.
1991 - 2nd place in the championship WERA Formula II with a 250cc Yamaha
1992 - 4th place in the national championship in the U.S. AMA 250cc Yamaha TZ250
1993 - 2nd place in the Spanish league Ducados Open 250cc for Yamaha; debut in the World Championship in the 250cc "Junior" is released on the wild-card in the U.S. Grand Prix home race for the team his father, the tenth place! The season starts with an 8-hour race Suzuka 8H: 8th place!
1994 - Marlboro Team Rainey, start number 25, GP250
Roberts began his career with the team in the GP250 Wayne Rainey and Yamaha in the last four races of the season. Three finish in the points, including the eighth place in the Grand Prix of the United States and the sixth-largest in Argentina. 23 points and 18 place in the four races!
1995 - Marlboro Team Rainey, start number 25, GP250
Full season in the GP250: 8th place and 82 points as a result of the season, all the races were finished in the top ten. Best results: fifth place in Assen and Barcelona, the fourth in Germany.
1996 - Marlboro Yamaha Roberts, start number 10, MotoGP
Kenny goes to the team his father, transplanted to 500-cc Yamaha from the third stage. It was a great, strong debut and a lot of bonus points. Sixth place in Spain, the fifth in the Netherlands and Germany, the fourth in the Czech Republic. The result of the season: 13th place and 69 points
1997 - Marlboro Team Roberts, start number 10, MotoGP
Kenny Sr. starts his own project in MotoGP - KR Team with a motorcycle of his own design, and 3-cylinder engine KR3. "Junior" invited and refuses. Results are given with difficulty, but Kenny manages to complete a few races in the TOP-8 and earn 37 points. 16th place for the season.
1998 - Team Roberts, start number 10, MotoGP
Marlboro Roberts leaves the team, the financial situation is difficult. However, the "Junior" finishes sixth in the Grand Prix of Germany, and this is his best result in the team his father. 13 places and 59 points. The future opens for Kenny next season
1999 - Suzuki Grand Prix, start number 10, MotoGP
Invitation to join the Suzuki factory team gives Kenny a chance to discover their full potential with a very competitive bike and strong team. And he does it. In the first two races, Kenny wins in a tough fight with a pair of Honda as part of Mick and Alex Duyena curve. The fall and departure from the scene means Dwayne Roberts duel and curves. American wins two more races, total - four (Malaysia, Japan, Germany, and Argentina), then completes another 9 races in the TOP-6. Earn 220 points and silver up to the season.
2000 - Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki, start number two, MotoGP
Stellar year for "Junior." Suzuki gets a new sponsor in the form of a rich Movistar, but Honda is not so strong makes it possible for them to leave. This is the best chance for a bright shining star Roberts Junior. In 13 races, he will start with the first line, 9 times on the podium, winning four. Valentino Rossi is only in the championship and learns to ride a 500-cc motorcycle, but has already won two races. Only Roberts confidently to victory in the season and he earns it: the first and only title he dedicated to his father, he earns 258 points.
2001 - Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki, start number 1, MotoGP
The year of triumph, the year of the failure. And mostly the fault of Suzuki: to defend the title on RGV500 became impossible, Honda and Yamaha woke up and brought their racing prototypes to mind. This season, Roberts is only three times in the first starting line, and the season ends with a few finishes in the top six. Podium in Valencia, but in a race won Seth Gibernau, who correctly picks up the rain tires in this battle. 11th place and just 97 points for the year.
2002 - Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki, start number 10, MotoGP
In 2002, the same thing happens, but Suzuki decided to completely redo its new 990-cc four-stroke prototypes. Roberts takes on the mission of the developer and tester. Invariably, Honda and Yamaha ahead, GSV-R takes Kenny to fourth in Portugal, and in Brazil in third. Earned points in 11 races was enough to finish the season in 9th place.
2003 - Suzuki Grand Prix, start number 10, MotoGP
Suzuki began the season without a title sponsor, and in their own corporate colors. Of course, this could not affect the results. The second line of the start in Japan, but in ninth place in Australia - Kenny Roberts all the achievements this season. The team leaves for the winter holidays with a clear knowledge of what and how to change a motorcycle.
2004 - Suzuki Grand Prix, start number 10, MotoGP
Kenny is still with Suzuki, for the sixth consecutive season. Work in full swing: the new GSV-R has changed a lot over the winter. Roberts is a partner young but full of promise, John Hopkins. Roberts draws 18th place in the Championship, but the results are far from the same: only 4 finish in the top ten and one pole position (in Brazil). The new team manager Paul Denning intended to change the situation and find new motivation for the riders. Kenny is in the team and the next, in 2005.
2005 - Suzuki Grand Prix, start number 10, MotoGP
A decisive year for "Junior": Denning changes MANAGEMENT team begins a search of new blood, while beginning to show themselves, and John Hopkins. Only two finish in the top ten, and one an incredible podium at Donington impel Roberts to suggest that really must be going. However, the development GSV-R is the direct participation of riders, so to the last races of the season Kenny "in deeds." The situation is changing wrist injury that Kenny gets in training Australian Grand Prix. Fracture finally knocks rider out of the rut. Not waiting for the end of the season, Kenny says about leaving the team. This is a difficult but necessary decision: Roberts and Suzuki MotoGP become virtually synonymous in the last decade.
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