Kenny Roberts on Marc Marquez and possible MotoGP™ return

Friday, 16 August 2013

Speaking ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, racing legend 'King' Kenny Roberts caught up with to discuss the current championship, rookie sensation Marc Marquez and a possible return to the paddock.

Roberts, who took the title in his first-ever premier class season in 1978, believes that Marquez has brought another edge to the MotoGP™ championship: "Of course it’s interesting. I’ve watched it all my life. And I think Marquez has added something to it that’s a little bit different. So yeah, I enjoy it.

"Well, [he’s] outstanding. He obviously knows most of the race tracks and he’s bringing something to it that hasn’t been brought. So, a bunch of corner speed - with the kind of era you’re going through now, it’s working extremely well. I think he’s going to have quite an interesting second half."

However he is not ruling out reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo: "I wouldn’t count Jorge out any time. What he did at Assen was unbelievable. I mean, of all the race tracks to have a broken collarbone two days before the event, and ride it and actually do what he did, was outstanding – it was amazing really. I thought maybe he would be back for Laguna – he obviously proved me wrong, so I don’t think you can ever count him out. He was just so headstrong, so determined to win the race, and I think it’s going to be a very, very interesting next half of the season."

Roberts also spoke about a possible return to the paddock once more with a team of his own – and was keen to point out that things will not be done in halves: "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. 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." 


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