Kenny Roberts: The King Rides Again

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (August 26, 2009) - AMA Pro Racing and Yamaha Motor Corporation will honor Kenny Roberts in recognition of the historic last lap win at the 1975 Indy mile on the Yamaha TZ750 that ultimately proved to be one of the most famous wins in American Dirt Track history.

Known as the King, Kenny Roberts, a two-time AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion and three-time World 500cc Champion, will take several hot laps on the infamous Yamaha TZ750 powered dirt tracker during the races on Saturday night, August 29th.

"That night was a memorable event for motorcycle fans the world over," said Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha Motor Corporation. "Kenny's accomplishments over the years played a major role in the basis of what Yamaha's performance image is today. This will be a great tribute to a great man and his accomplishment 34 years ago will live on forever in the history of motorcycling."

"I remember that night very well. You could hear that bike screaming no matter where he was on the track with Kenny hanging on for the ride of his life," said Mike Kidd, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. "Running about mid-pack early in the race, Kenny pulled up along side me down the front straight, then he shifted gears and I never saw him again."

The Indy Mile is the seventh round of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization operates and manages AMA Pro Road Racing, which includes AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT. AMA Pro Racing also manages and works closely with the day-to-day operational organizations of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship and the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship Series in addition to other two-wheel and ATV series. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at