Common Tread

Most famous motorcycle racing family in U.S. is at odds in court

Sep 07, 2016

Former world champion Kenny Roberts Sr. got a restraining order against his younger son, Kurtis Roberts, last month.

In court documents, Roberts Sr. said his son threatened and assaulted him and threatened to destroy his father's racing memorabilia. The court has scheduled a settlement conference for Sept. 23 and a hearing is currently set for Dec. 2. also reported that Roberts Sr. suffered a heart attack in early August — after the alleged altercation with his son but before the restraining order was issued — and had surgery to repair a partially blocked artery. also quoted Kurtis Roberts as saying the dispute centered over an almond orchard business venture at Roberts Sr.'s ranch and escalated into a confrontation in which he told his father he was fed up with "all of the shit you've done to me my whole life."

Roberts Sr., now age 64, won three 500 cc Grand Prix world championships. His older son, Kenny Roberts Jr., improbably won the 2000 500 cc championship, making them the only father-son team to do so. Kurtis Roberts won three AMA road racing titles in the United States around the same time his brother was racing in grand prix.