MotoGP: Roberts family feud ends up in court

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Three-time 500 Grand Prix champion Kenny Roberts and son Kurtis Roberts are set to face off against each other in court this week, after a family feud long brewing between the pair resulted in police intervention.

Apparently disagreeing over a partnership between the pair involving an almond farm on their California property, Kurtis has now been issued with a restraining order to prevent him coming near his father and former team boss.

According to court documents, Roberts Senior alleges in the claim that Kurtis “has harassed and threatened me numerous times over the past year and that on or about the week of June 20, 2016, the last time I entered my property, the person listed he assaulted me, choked me, and threatened my life.”

The falling out, which comes only two weeks after the former Yamaha rider and team boss had surgery following a heart attack, apparently comes over a disagreement over property that Roberts alleges came to a head at the start of August, when Kurtis Roberts “threatened to destroy my personal property, including irreplaceable and valuable memorabilia from my racing career, trees, and farming equipment at my ranch. He also harassed the employees at my property, forcing me to hire private security.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer