The ultimate RGV500 evolution
2000 Suzuki RGV500 XRB0 Rider: Kenny Roberts Junior 500cc GP championship position: 1st
Suzuki came out of its post-schwantz wilderness years when RGV500mounted Kenny Roberts Jnr won the world championship at the turn of the new century, just ahead of a young Valentino Rossi in his first year of 500s. Cynics would say 2000 was an easy year, falling between the end of the Doohan era and the beginning of Rossi’s, but the Californian still had to beat the likes of Biaggi, Barros, Mccoy, Capirossi, and the Doctor himself.
This is Kenny’s championship-winning bike and is almost the last of the breed. The RGV500 was only developed for a year after this before Suzuki campaigned the GSV-R in Motogp’s inaugural year in 2002.
Kenny Roberts Jnr’s 2000 RGV was the bike’s penultimate incarnation
KR Jnr won the 2000 title on his RGV500
The last of the bulbous exhaust-laden rears
In to the 2000s, and still largely analogue
Selectable power maps had just appeared