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.
The latest episode of Freddie Spencer's video blog focuses on an eventful weekend at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Fast Freddie starts off with a note on Joan Mir, and the incident with Fabio Di Giannantonio down the back straight at Aragon. He then moves on to talk about the Michelin tires, and the role they played on Sunday's race, and how they affected the fortunes of both Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales.
Freddie Spencer is full of praise for Marquez' ability to manage an unwilling bike, and surprised at the problems Viñales had. Then, he goes on to mention the other controversial move down the back straight at Aragon, Valentino Rossi's sliding left as Dani Pedrosa was passing him. Spencer contrasts that move with Joan Mir's behavior, and explains why and how it is different.
Naturally, there is plenty of attention given to Rossi's return from injury, and Freddie Spencer is able to give a deep insight into the rider's psyche based on his own experience of injury. Finally, Spencer contrasts the fortunes of the two Ducatis, Jorge Lorenzo's strong performance at Aragon, and Andrea Dovizioso's troubles at the track.
For more insights from Freddie Spencer, his autobiography Feel: My Story is currently on sale.
And for those who can't watch the video, here's an audio-only version of Freddie Spencer's rider insights