Roberts Jnr: Scrap traction control from 2012

"I want to watch the best riders in the world, not the best electronics"

Posted: 26 August 2010
by Visordown News
"OK Jnr, one last time: 1978, 1979 and ... "

FORMER 500cc World champion Kenny Roberts Jnr. has said he believes traction control should be banished when MotoGP switches back to 1000cc from 2012, claiming the technology makes MotoGP look "like anybody can do it" .

Speaking to, Roberts summarised what many feel about the massive amount of expensive high-end technology dominating the sport of late, saying: "I want to watch the best riders in the world, not the best electronics.

"When you see a Top Fuel car leave the starting line, you're reeling, you're spent," said the son of triple 500cc Champion Kenny Roberts "You can't believe what you've just seen. That's what MotoGP should be like."

Roberts believes the visual awe of seeing the best racers in the world battling to control bikes that are sliding, spinning and often on one-wheel is something crowds need to see. Today's MotoGP, he believes, is way too sterile:

"There's nothing visually exciting about it. It gives fans the impression that they could ride a MotoGP bike. Which they can't, but it really seems like they could.

"You want them to watch the bikes and really think 'These guys are crazy'. Have smoke coming off the back tyre, wheelying, leaving them thinking 'Wow, there's no way I could do that'."

Roberts believes MotoGP would be just as safe without traction control. Moreover, the American is confident the move would see a significant drop in the number of high-speed, mid-corner, front-end crashes. He explains:

"Now, riders are achieving their fast laps on their entrance and in the middle of the corner. This is why you see them all crashing on the front, and why they all say after they crash 'Well, I did nothing different on that lap than I did on the previous one'. Because once they get into the corner, they pin it and the bike takes over. If a guy's pulling away from you, and you're pinned, how do you pin it more? Where are you going to make up time? You've got to make it up going into the corner."

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He may have the personality of a garden gate but he talks sense here.

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 11:41

Couldn't agree more, hopefully a traction control ban would mean a drop in costs as well, as long as the teams don't try to find way around the ban like they did in F1!

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 12:12

I hope they do get rid.

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 12:45

Well said KR Jr!

Timpster: Personality of a garden gate? What the hell are you on about? Jr has always been good for a quote. Sachsenring 2006, after he found out he only missed out on pole by 0.09s he said, "If I had known it was that close I would have gone a bit faster." Classic! 

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 15:37

Ex racer talks common sense shocker

I agree with him on this. Top class racing in any catagory deserves the best drivers/riders rather than the machines being so tamed by electronics that they are easily controlled by anyone who can get sponsorship to buy a ride

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 15:47

Anything to ensure only the best riders get to the top level. Traction control must make it safer, but you'd have to be a crazy nutter to be a GP racer anyway so screw that notion. I like his point about wanting to watch bikes slide, buck and burn. Garry McCoy was bucket loads of fun to watch and you dont see his style anymore. Only problem with making bikes wild is the races probably wont be that close, but then again they arent that close this year anyways. Boring even (especially with that copy cat twat winning). Who knows. But if F1 - the definition of boring racing - got rid of it, why cant bikes.

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 18:09

This is probably the only time you will ever see me say something good about him so take note.

Casey Moaner rides better and faster when the bike is bucking & sliding he also gets off the bike and says he is happier with it

Maybe there are more people than Vale and the older riders who want a return to almost no electronics. I feel no shame in saying that as a spectator I welcome a return to the fire breathing beasts of old

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 19:10

Who is Visordown News?  I read this first, hours ago on, by Dean Adams. 

Sooo, did you credit him with the story?

Good day.

Posted: 27/08/2010 at 02:31

Why would they credit him with writing a different story about the same subject?

Two bike sites covering the same news. Go figure.  

Posted: 28/08/2010 at 21:45

Got to agree, Motogp has been crap since about 2007, lets see how that copy cat twat gets on without the electrics!!

Posted: 31/08/2010 at 15:31

Even the riders will be happier without the electronic shit! PLEASE NO ELECTRONIC GIZMO's

Posted: 01/09/2010 at 13:45

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