Kenny Roberts planning MotoGP return
18 August 2013 – Legendary Grand Prix racer Kenny Roberts has revealed that he is planning a return to MotoGP, telling media over the Indianapolis weekend that he intends to be running a new team as early as next season.
The first American to win a championship in motorcycle racing’s top echelon, Roberts ran his own eponymous team for ten years from the 1997 season, but pulled out of the sport at the end of 2007 due to a lack of sponsorship funds.
Perhaps alluding to the potential of factory support, the 1978-80 500cc World Champion may be set to take advantage of next year’s new regulations, which allow such teams to field four bikes. Despite admitting that time may be running out for a 2014 entry, Roberts confirmed that he was working on ‘something quite big’.
"We’re working on it. And we’re working on something quite big – it’s going to happen or it’s not going to happen,” he said. “It’s not going to be almost there. When we come back we’ll come back in a big way! And if you don’t see me, you’ll know we didn’t get it done.
"It’s getting to the point where 2014’s maybe tough, but again…if it’s a big way, we can probably get it done. Any longer than the next month or so, I don’t think it’s possible for ‘14."