KENNY ROBERTS

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Marc Marquez -

500CC WORLD CHAM­PION, 1978, 1979, 1980 “You’ve got to find the chink in Marc’s ar­mour. It could be the team, the equip­ment, the tyres, what­ever. When I was go­ing into the 1983 sea­son, Fred­die [Spencer] had Miche­lins, and I knew the Miche­lins were bet­ter than my Dun­lops, so I had to start learn­ing how to use my front tyre harder than usual, be­cause I was al­ways a rear guy, not a front guy. That was my goal to beat Fred­die: I had to com­mit more with the front, which was more dan­ger­ous, but that’s what I had to do. I got Dunlop to build a stiffer front con­struc­tion for me, which was so stiff that Ed­die [Law­son, Roberts’ team-mate] couldn’t use it, but that was my men­tal­ity: I have to do this.

“It’s the same off the track, you’ve got to find the chink in his ar­mour. If you’re sat in the pad­dock, think­ing you’re as fast as you’re go­ing to be, you’re f**king done. On the bike and off the bike you’ve got to be think­ing all the time about how you can keep im­prov­ing be­cause ev­ery­one can al­ways im­prove. I mean, when I was younger I used to f**k ev­ery night, but I’m still learn­ing stuff now!”

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