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Cycle News 2020 Issue 46 November 17

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CN III ARCHIVES BY SCOTT ROUSSEAU A pril 18, 1999 did not exactly mark a coronation ceremony but rather a rite of passage on the way to that coronation for a member of American motorcycle racing 's royal family. That's when, at 25 years old and in his debut ride aboard his new fac- tory Suzuki, Kenny Roberts Jr. scored a dominating victory at the World Championship Road P114 KENNY ROBERTS JR: DOING THE FAMILY PROUD were some who argued that he could not have gotten a 500 ride any other way. But after two years of growth in the class, "Junior" must have showed well enough that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree because Suzuki hired him as its man to go up against the dominant duo of Mick Doohan and Honda for the 1999 season. Racing Series-opening Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Until that time, Roberts had been, at best, an unknown quantity in Europe, having slogged around in the 250cc class before accept- ing a ride aboard his legendary father's Modenas KR3 racers and making the move to the 500cc class in 1997. Right then, there Kenny Roberts Sr. and Jr. PHOTO: GOLD & GOOSE

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