The Turn 1 experience accurately defines the first impression a mere mortal receives from Roberts’ 500: overwhelming. Sure, it looks a lot like the sportbike in your garage, but just sitting in the hot seat brings the utter purposefulness of a 500cc GP bike into focus. There is nothing extra on board, no added beautification or pieces not explicitly aimed at lower lap times. Like his dad, Junior runs his clip-ons at a steep downward angle, and the ridges are ground off the ends of his grips to reduce pressure points. The large tach sits next to a simple digital lap-time display and smaller digital water-temperature readout. And that’s it. Function rules the day. When you watch the mechanics wash the entire bike with soap and water, you realize that rust is simply not a problem because carbon fiber, aluminum and titanium don’t rust. It’s hard to imagine what the bike cost, but most estimates place it near $1 million. That’s just as overwhelming as the hardware itself, and I tried not to think about it as Roberts rolled out of the throttle and waited for me between Turns 1 and 2.