The greatest of his generation
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’