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Foursome bring back memories of a golden era for American racing

Foursome bring back memories of a golden era for American racing

Four riders representing the USA will contest the MotoGP World Championship in 2003, bringing back memories of a golden era for American Grand Prix racing two decades ago. In 1983 Freddie Spencer, Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson took the top four spots in the 500cc World Championship, with Spencer and Roberts taking victory at every round of the series between them. Next year Kenny Roberts Junior, John Hopkins, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards will not be expected to repeat such a feat, but if reigning champion Valentino Rossi is a superstitious character, then he may look back to that 1983 season with an air of self-doubt.

It was Rossi´s Italian compatriot, Franco Uncini, who started the year as World Champion after winning the 1982 championship by a comfortable margin, with Spencer third and Roberts fourth. However, the American pair took six wins each in '83, as `Fast Freddie´ clinched the title by two points from `King Kenny´, whilst Uncini struggled to secure a top ten overall finish. Spencer, Roberts, Mamola and Lawson took an incredible 28 podiums from 36 available that season, with only Lucchinelli, Haslam and Katayama able to break their rostrum dominance. With a pair of World Champions and two talented youngsters flying the star spangled banner in 2003, American race fans will be hoping for a serious case of dejà-vu.

MotoGP, 2002

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