Former Team Roberts Manager Paul Butler On King Kenny Roberts’ 70th Birthday

King Kenny went on to reign supreme in US roadracing, then Europe and Japan


Kel Carruthers introduced me to Kenny in 1974. I had moved from Dunlop to Yamaha in Amsterdam and Kenny arrived to race Kel’s “Lowboy” TZ250 In the Dutch TT.

King Kenny went on to reign supreme in US roadracing, then Europe and Japan as a rider, team owner, and manufacturer.

He was a pioneer in tire development, brake technology, data acquisition and aerodynamics, and without a doubt in his seventy years and counting, he has been the greatest influence in creating the professional Grand Prix racing that we enjoy today.

I wish him a happy seventieth birthday and thank him for all he taught me during the years we shared at Team Lucky Strike Roberts and Marlboro Team Roberts.

Happy birthday Kenny!


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