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 the latest episode of his video blog, Fast Freddie Spencer casts an eye over the events of a thrilling Phillip Island MotoGP race. Spencer shares his memories of riding at the Island, and his abiding memories of his first visit there, and being in the odd situation of testing during the day and then popping down to watch the Penguin Parade after he was done.
After sharing his thoughts on qualifying, and the strange spectacle of the Ducatis being so far off the pace, Fast Freddie delves into the race. He talks about the epic battle at the front, which saw Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Johann Zarco, and Andrea Iannone slugging it out like it was a Moto2 race, and how the race will impact on the championship.
Fast Freddie then goes on to provide a detailed and technical explanation of how you slide the bike to help turn it through fast corners, and how the characteristics of the Ducati are preventing its riders from getting the bike to turn. He compares the ability of Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez to use the rear wheel to help the bike turn and manipulate the amount the bike is sliding. It is a fascinating and worthwhile listen, giving an insight into the mind of a Grand Prix rider.
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