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.
Roberts is a true legend in the world of Motor-Racing. After retiring from racing, Roberts first entered a team in the 1984 250cc World Championship with Wayne Rainey and Alan Carter racing Yamaha’s. In 1986 he entered the 500cc class with riders Randy Mamola and Mike Baldwin. In 1990, Roberts secured the financial support of the Marlboro cigarette company, and his team became the official Yamaha factory racing team. Rainey and John Kocinski won the 500cc and 250cc world championships in 1990, making Roberts the most successful team manager in Grand Prix racing at the time. Rainey went on to win three consecutive 500cc world championships for Roberts’ team. After Rainey was left paralyzed in a crash at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, the Roberts team continued racing with Luca Cadalora as their main rider, but struggled during a period dominated by Honda and their rider, Mick Doohan.
Being offered for the first time are these genuine Proton Era 500cc/MotoGP rims used by a rider (Jurgen Van Den Goorbergh, Nobuatsu Aoki & Jeremy McWilliams) racing for Team Roberts during this era; 2001, 2002 & 2003.
Each rim will differ slightly in condition and signature appearance to the one shown. What is guaranteed is that you will receive a genuine Rim that has been hand signed by Kenny Roberts Snr and that was used by one of his riders during the Proton 500cc/MotoGP era.
Each Rim is backed by an Autographed Collectables 100% Guarantee of Authenticity, signing photo and detailed letter confirming the Rims have been directly acquired directly from Kenny Roberts Snr.
Please note that anyone buying one of these Rims will have to sign a waiver confirming that they will only be for display purposes.