Kenny Roberts, Yamaha factory rider of 13 years, spent his career defying the odds.
Decades later, he’s still making his mark on the track.
Growing up in rural Modesto, California, in the early 1960s, 12-year-old Kenny Roberts was into horseback riding. After mounting a minibike following a friendly dare, however, that all changed. Soon, the youngster was dismantling his father’s lawnmower, needing its engine to create his very own motorcycle. From then on, his fate was sealed.