Another great photograph in the Rich Chenet Series. Kenny Roberts leads Yamaha teammate Eddie Lawson in the 1983 Daytona 200. Roberts and Lawson were on Yamaha’s OW69. It was a Daytona special, a 680cc version of Yamaha’s 500cc GP machine. The bikes were capable of 190+ mph and were definitely the bikes to beat. The only question was whether or not the big powerful two-stroke would shred its Dunlop tires. Honda came to Daytona with two different bikes to challenge Yamaha. Freddie Spencer and Englishman Ron Haslam rode NS500 two-stroke GP bikes, while Mike Bladwin and Steve Wise raced four-stroke FWS1000s. Most of Hondas dropped out and Roberts, in spite of an unscheduled pit stop to check a tire, went on to win the race over Lawson. Motocross racer Steve Wise took a surprising third on a factory Honda. Chenet is still shooting today. You can check out his website here.