Fred­die Spencer

The great­est of his gen­er­a­tion

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Born in Shreve­port Louisiana in 1961

Fred­die was a child prodigy, rac­ing in dirt track meet­ings from the age of four. Soon he was rac­ing ev­ery week­end and fa­ther and son would clock 100,000 miles a year trav­el­ling all over the USA. Suc­cess fol­lowed him wher­ever he went and it was no surprise he turned pro­fes­sional. Af­ter im­press­ing in AMA Su­per­bikes, Fred­die made his GP de­but on Hon­daõs NR500 four- stroke at the Bri­tish GP in 1981. By 1983 he was 500GP cham­pion aged 21 Ð the youngest-ever cham­pion un­til Marc Mar­quez. His dou­ble 250 and 500 world ti­tles came in 1985. ÒIT felt like an amaz­ing thing to achieve, but I had been rac­ing for 19 years. Af­ter it hap­pened, there was the feel­ing that some­thing was over,ó he said.

Af­ter that, his ca­reer was plagued by in­jury. There were re­tire­ments and come­backs but Fred­die con­tin­ued for the next 10 years, never re­gain­ing the glory days in GPS, but win­ning again in AMA Su­per­bike on an RC30 and a Du­cati 916. Of the 72 GPS he started, he won 27, had 39 podi­ums and 33 pole po­si­tions.

‘He was the youngest-ever top-class world cham­pion un­til Marc Mar­quez’

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