Racing Legends and Classic Bikes at Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Celebrating its ninth year, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering has announced World 500 Grand Prix Champion Kenny Roberts as its “Legend of the Sport” for the 2017 event.

Each year The Quail Motorcycle Gathering selects a Legend of the Sport in recognition of achievements in racing and contributions to the sport of motorcycling. Aside from his three victories in the World 500 Grand Prix, Roberts won the AMA Grand National Championship twice.

“Few figures in American motorcycle racing history have been more influential than Kenny Roberts,” explained Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports at The Peninsula Signature Events. “On top of his incredible list of racing accomplishments, his success on the world stage stirred the hearts of American race fans and forever changed the way motorcycles were raced.”

This will all be celebrated at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering taking place at The Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California. With live entertainment, lifestyle vendors, a signature beverage pavilion, and a dedicated kids area, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is considered ‘a true celebration of motorcycling’. Entry includes a gourmet barbecue lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event.

Kenny Roberts’ championship-winning Yamaha YZR500 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Photo courtesy of Jeff Bushnell Photography

Many feel Kenny Roberts’ legacy is greater than his racing accolades. Known throughout his career for his aggressive riding style, Roberts changed the international road racing landscape by introducing the dirt-track technique of sliding the rear tire to maximize speed. During his years of competition, Roberts was also an advocate for racers and was instrumental in the FIM’s reforms to increase prize money and impose stricter safety regulations. Off the track, Roberts has been a longtime supporter of Welcome Home Heroes, a nonprofit that provides assistance to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military and their transition from active duty to private life.

It’s no surprise then that Kenny Roberts has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and was named an FIM Grand Prix Legend.

“Monterey has always been a favorite place of mine,” Roberts commented. “I’ve spent many years racing there as both a rider and a team owner. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has become the preeminent show of its kind, and I am very pleased to be honored this year as their Legend of the Sport.”

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Attendees can save $20 by purchasing discounted pre-sale tickets online and full price tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the event.

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