When a young Californian named Kenny Roberts burst onto the 500cc World Championship Grand Prix scene in 1978 he revolutionised the sport. Skills learnt while racing on the dirt track ovals of America introduced a new style of bike control, while his combination of natural talent, physical fitness and dedication to practice set new standards.
'King' Kenny dominated Grand Prix racing, taking the World Championship at the first attempt, and securing the crown again in 1979 and 1980. He remained a front runner for the rest of his stellar career. When he quit racing, Roberts turned to team management and soon discovered a calm teaching style which allowed him to pass on the philosophy and techniques which had brought him so much success.
In 1995, he opened the Kenny Roberts Training Camp outside Barcelona in Spain. Our cameras were there to discover the secrets of the King as the very first pupils benefitted from Roberts' expert tuition.
We join five young Malaysian racers as they undertake the intensive month-long course, joining them in the classroom, in the gym and on the dirt track as they learn fast riding the Roberts' way. With help from GP star Randy Mamola, Roberts and his team offer expert advice on fitness, diet, mental attitude, bike control, choosing lines and much more.
This film features unrivalled access to the KRTC programme, plus extensive interviews with Roberts, Mamola and other instructors, offering viewers a unique insight into the Roberts' formula for success. It also offers a wonderful chance to hear from a true champion, and watch the King in action.
|Channel||Duke Classic Videos|
|Program||Duke Classics - Bike GP|
|Episode title||Riding Fast: The Kenny Roberts way|
|Date added||7 May 2019|
|Original date||9 February 2009|
|Related racing series||MotoGP|