Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Jerez

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

In this edition of Freddie Spencer's video blog on MotoGP, the former 500 and 250 world champion gives his view of events at Jerez. Spencer explains the difficulty of racing at Jerez, given the changing levels of grip at the circuit. He gives his view of the crashes involving Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow.

He has high praise for race winner Dani Pedrosa, and gives a great insight into just why Pedrosa is so quick around the track. He talks about Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, and gives his view of the tire situation, and why the Yamaha riders struggled. 

For more insights from Freddie Spencer, his autobiography Feel: My Story is currently on sale.

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It just dropped into my mind: In Germany there is a minimum 70cm concrete layer underneath every meter of Autobahn.That takes a lot of thermal energy to heat up.I guess our Spanish fellas didn´t care much about that and had a thin layer of concrete only and that could be the reason why this track heats up so easily and changes the grip level so much.Just a thought and maybe David could investigate that somehow.

That's an interesting point, but the functional requirements of a racetrack and an Autobahn are very different. What happens with racetracks is the sharpness of the stones which make up the aggregate gets worn down, and they become very smooth and polished. That takes away a lot of the grip.

Also, given that Jerez is 1200km further south than the southernmost part of the German Autobahn (Allgau), the difference in the strength of the sun is very large. That's as far south from Allgau as Kristiansand in Norway is north.

I wonder if the extra concrete would really absorb more heat from the tarmac than the soil underneath does. It's not like the track is isolated from the ground, I would think.

The thick concrete layer under the Autobahn has all to do with supporting the weight of heavy traffic and stabilising the road surface for decades, I guess.

So cool to see the legendary man back and involved in GP racing! I especially like the parts where he refers to his own experiences on the bike. He sure was one of the pioneers of the modern riding style, already over 30 years ago... Looking forward to more of these, great addition to the site! Also it's great to see Freddie looking younger and fitter than he did ten or even fifteen years ago! 

Several years ago I attended two levels of the Freddie School in Las Vegas. Beginning and Advanced.  I learned a great deal from Freddie and especially several laps riding as a pillion with him. That was a real thrill in several ways. I learned an incredible amount about trail braking in just 3 laps with him.  Freddie does look a lot more relaxed and fit than he did then, perhaps his personal life has settled down.  

One of the exercises we did in the Advanced class was to spend a full day aboard dirt bikes learning about riding and relaxing  with a bike  moving around so much more than on pavement. A real eye opener to learn just how much grip there is on the dirt which helped my pavement riding immensely. That one day showed me why so many top riders spend time doing MX. Previous to that experience I believed there was little if any value to be had from riding on dirt as an aide to riding fast on pavement. Shows how wrong I can be.  

Freddie's insights are welcomed and valuable and are not as Honda centric as I might have expected.  Good addition.