Kenny Roberts returned to Laguna Seca in July of 1982 to do battle with Freddie Spencer in the 15th round of the AMA Grand National Championship. Armed with a Yamaha OW61, Roberts followed Spencer home in the first leg and won the second leg and the overall when Spencer’s Honda suffered a cracked cylinder head. Randy Mamola ended up second on the day via his 3-2 tally from the two races.
Freddie Spencer (19) leads Kenny Roberts (2) out of turn nine at Laguna Seca in 1982. Spencer ended up winning the first race, but Roberts took the overall win.
A brush fire on hill brought out a red flag in the first race.