Fast Fred­die’s 500

Classic Racer - - FRONT PAGE - Words: Alan Cath­cart Photography: Hi­de­nobu­takeuchi

Game chang­ing Honda

but on the cor­po­rate chests, cards close to their for al­ways played their as they pre­pared Honda Rac­ing have guess­ing had the world’s press sea­son they re­ally run up to the 1985 ti­tles. 250 and 500cc­world to chal­lenge for both Fred­die Spencer

Hend with a lit­tle joke at the onda en­joyed them­selves Prix the ex­pense of the Grand of the 1984 sea­son at the 250Vdis­guise the fact that press corps. Ea­ger to to Spencer was bid­ding twin on which Fred­die the 500cc­world ti­tles in ever to win 250c and be­come the first man of the reed-valvev4 fact a di­rect de­riv­a­tive same sea­son was in of the pis­ton-port a fac­tory team ver­sion NSR500, rather than racer. RS250R pro­duc­tion any was usual, strictly dis­cour­age Not only did they, as a fair­ing, but they of the ma­chine with­out unau­tho­rised view­ing such­like. In W in PR hand-outs and also la­belled it the RS250R- or W stood for ‘What?’ not to fig­ure that the ret­ro­spect, it’s hard be­cause in due course ‘Works’ as claimed, ‘Wind-up’ rather than the des­ig­na­tion that and the bike ac­corded the truth was re­vealed, done NSR250. But to have in­ter­nally all along: Honda had given it cat out of the bag. on would have let the that pub­licly that early FS250, be­cause if have la­belled it the They might just as well with a sin­gle rider, that in­deli­bly as­so­ci­ated ever a mo­tor­cy­cle was won­der one of the four Fred­die Spencer. No first NSR250 was with of­fice in Shreve­port, sits to­day in his home ma­chines con­structed built, and in­deed this is the bike that Fred­die Louisiana, be­cause by fac­tory test rid­ers, of Ja­panese out­ings ex­cept for a cou­ple an NSR250 in 1985. no­body else ever raced per­fec­tion, the bike did its job to As his­tory now records, 10 GPS he con­tested, victory in seven of the car­ry­ing Spencer to slight­est in Spain prov­ing the with only a bro­ken ex­haust fin­ishes tak­ing con­ser­va­tive wet weather me­chan­i­cal frailty, with races. care of the other two

BE­CAUSE IF EVER HAVE LA­BELLED IT THE FS250, “THEY MIGHT JUST AS WELL RIDER, THAT AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH A SIN­GLE A MO­TOR­CY­CLE WAS IN­DELI­BLY FIRST NSR250 WAS.”

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