In­dia Bike week 2017 Pre­view

Two great icons of the two-wheeler world will be ar­riv­ing in Goa to grace the In­dia Bike Week. Les­lie Porter­field and Fred­die Spencer. Here’s a lit­tle back­ground on who they are and what they’ve ac­com­plished

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Look­ing ahead to what should be a mega fifth edi­tion of IBw, and back in goa, too!

At the 2017 In­dIa BIke Week, to Be held in Va­ga­tor, Goa, on 24 and 25 Novem­ber, two il­lus­tri­ous names from the motorcycle rac­ing world will be part of the party. Your very own Bike In­dia, in as­so­ci­a­tion with TVS Mo­tor Com­pany, is bring­ing in rac­ing stal­wart Fred­die Spencer, and fans of ‘Fast Fred­die’ will be able to in­ter­act with him face-to­face at the IBW.

Fred­die Spencer

Recog­nised as one of the great­est rac­ers of all time by afi­ciona­dos the world over, Spencer dom­i­nated the motorcycle rac­ing scene through the 1980s. He made his­tory in 1985 by earn­ing the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only racer in his­tory to have won the 250-cc and 500-cc world championships in the same year; no one has re­peated this feat since. The leg­endary rider will be join­ing in the two-wheeled cel­e­bra­tions at IBW this year, and you can catch up with him at the Bike In­dia stall and TVS stall at the event. If you have a pas­sion for read­ing and own a copy of his book, Feel: My Story, bring it along and get it au­to­graphed by the leg­end him­self!

Fast Fred­die has been rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles since he was four years old and, at the age of 18, won his first ever 500-cc Grand Prix. In 1983, aged 21, he won his first pre­mier-class world cham­pi­onship, mak­ing him the youngest ever pre­mier-class world cham­pion, a record he held for 30 years un­til 20-year-old Marc Mar­quez won the ti­tle in 2013.

Spencer has raced Kawasakis, Yama­has and Du­catis, but shone bright­est with the Honda Rac­ing Team, with whom he won all three of his world ti­tles, and has con­trib­uted to the devel­op­ment of sev­eral of the Ja­panese mar­que’s most suc­cess­ful and in­flu­en­tial race bikes. He was also closely in­volved in the devel­op­ment of the oval-pis­ton, four-stroke NR500, which he rode to vic­tory against the fire­breath­ing two-strokes of Randy Mamola and Kenny Roberts at La­guna Seca in 1981.

It will in­deed be an hon­our to host this great mo­tor­cy­clist at IBW, where he will be sign­ing au­to­graphs and shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ences with the In­dian mo­tor­cy­cling com­mu­nity.

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