In 1978 Kenny Roberts Snr. made his debut in the premier class of racing, the 500cc World Championship. With a long and successful career on two wheels, Kenny’s entrance to 500cc GP racing was sensational. He won the World Championship in his rookie year and then triumphed again in 1979 & 1980, all while racing a Yamaha. By doing so, Roberts joined an elite class of riders to win three consecutive titles.
Roberts is also a two time winner of the AMA Grand National Championship and one of only four riders in AMA history to win the AMA Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at a mile, half mile, short-track, TT Steeplechase and road race events.
In 1997, Roberts stunned the racing world when he left Yamaha after more than 25 years to start his own motorcycle company. Roberts had grown weary of battling over the direction he felt the Yamaha team needed to pursue. Basing his new company in England to take advantage of the Formula 1 industry, Roberts built a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine with the engineering assistance of Tom Walkinshaw Racing. He decided to take advantage of rules allowing lighter weights for three-cylinder motorcycles after observing the agility and handling advantage of Spencer’s Honda NS500 during the 1983 season. Unfortunately, by the time the motorcycle had been developed, tire technology had improved to the point where any advantage over four-cylinder bikes had been negated. The motorcycle did manage to win a pole position with rider Jeremy McWilliams taking the top qualifying position at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix against the new breed of 990 cc four-stroke MotoGP motorcycles.
These thick, high quality Proton Team KR boards were the official event race boards used by Kenny’s Proton Team for each race during the season. Sold unframed, each were held onto the team garage and hospitality areas with magnets which are still on the back of the boards. Would make a great item for any garage. Also available; LeMans, South Africa, Valencia & Jerez race boards.
Kenny Roberts Snr has personally signed each Team Board.
Each piece is backed by an Autographed Collectables 100% Guarantee of Authenticity as well as a photo from the signing session.
Unframed Size: 77.5 x 77.5cm / 31″ x 31″
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