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!”