MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. After every MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.
In this edition of Freddie Spencer's video blog, the former world champion takes a look back at one of the greatest premier class races in history, the 88th Dutch TT at Assen. Spencer starts off talking about the possibility of bringing F1 to Assen, and the reasons not to be too enamored of the idea. He looks back at his experiences of riding at Assen, at what was then a much longer track with the magical North Loop still intact.
Freddie Spencer then shifts his focus to Dani Pedrosa, and the Spaniard's recent struggles and distractions, and how they play into his riding. He points to similar problems for Franco Morbidelli and Tom Luthi at the Marc VDS team, especially for their process of adapting to a MotoGP bike.
Fast Freddie then goes on to discuss qualifying, and what happened in that incredible race, with so many strong riders getting involved. He gives his opinion on how Marc Marquez managed to do so well in the race, and also discusses how Alex Rins rode with such aggression on what was a great weekend for Suzuki. He also takes a quick look at the incident between Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi that cost them both the podium.
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