Yamaha announced today that the legendary rider “The King” Kenny Roberts will be returning to the track during this years Red Bull U.S Grand Prix. The ex-world champion will be taking to the track across all three days, with Kenny completing Fan Laps on the Friday. Up to 200 lucky fans will have the opportunity to ride the track with Roberts for several laps as part of a special weekend ticket package.

On the Saturday, he will be back on track during the lunch break on a specially prepared YZR-M1, adorned with the 50th anniversary livery. Then before the main event on Sunday, Roberts will give the fans a blast from past, when he will get back on track for several laps on his 1980 world championship winning YZR500.

“I'm really looking forward to it!” said Kenny, “as this will be the very first time I've ridden at the USGP and my 31 year old championship-winning YZR is ready to go!”

Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha added, “These very special on track activities are part of our plans to celebrate Yamaha's prestigious 50th Anniversary of World Grand Prix racing “

He added, “We are truly honored to have Kenny in our family and he continues to give back to his fans as he has done for so long!”