America awaits race day as a new Roberts comes to the fore

Without wanting to jinx Moto2™’s first pole sitter of the decade, there are a few accolades Roberts can pick up if he does a Qatar clean sweep and takes victory under the lights. For a start, we have to harp our minds all the way back to 1990 to see the last American intermediate class race winner. John Kocinski on board his Yamaha beat Helmut Bradl – father to former Moto2™ World Champion Stefan – at Phillip Island that day nearly 30 years ago. American fans have had to wait since Assen 2011 when Ben Spies took his first and only MotoGP™ victory, and the same rider took America’s last Grand Prix podium too – P2 in Valencia 2011.

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