Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Circuit of The Americas

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

In this edition, Freddie Spencer discusses the events of the Grand Prix of The Americas held last weekend. Fast Freddie talks about the condition of the track, how the weather affected the events, and how sensitive the Michelins can be for the different bikes. He has plenty to say about the race winner, Marc Marquez, how Maverick Viñales is reacting to the pressure, Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco, and much more:

And for those who can't watch the video, you can read a full transcript of the video over on the Motor Sport Magazine website.

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Nice to see your face Freddie. I agree with all your points. I would add some nuance to perspective re what Mike Webb had to contend with, more appreciation for both Zarco AND Rossi's instincts (Rossi didn't flinch or get off the gas at all!), and account of the track runoff (nary a wee nick of a bump to contend with).

The content could be less generic, you have more insight and unique perspective as a former rider and insider who can peek behind the veil of the circus.

The bikes (has Honda bound itself to a DNA dependent on bygone electronics? What did you see the KTM doing in various parts of the corner, is a trellis frame going to do the business? There was a Suzuki-Ducati drag race in plain view, and it looked like Iannone had some lines available that a red bike didn't afford Lorenzo). Tire wear and riding styles/bike was of interest here. Riding styles of Zarco and Vinales look a bit different than we have seen on the Yamaha...a bit like what P.Espargaro gave a couple glimpses of? What is Zarco doing so right specifically that has him astronauting so immediately? Can Lorenzo come to rear wheel pivot the loose Ducati? How is he changing riding style now? Can the Ducati offer him stability through the apex? How the hell did he ride it like a Yamaha at pace on his very first go on it? The track - the layout held SO much promise, why not get into what riders think of the flow of it particularly, as well as what made it as such in design process? Aspar looks a sure bet for the Aprilia Satellite Team, which Honda customer is about to go Suzuki as per insider knowledge and why? Could neither?

David, feel free to get other personalities in the paddock and out to bring perspective to these. Thanks for giving us motorcycle road racing devotees a place to be in community. We have knowledgeable people right here! Anyone care to chime in?

You get the idea. Oh, and Freddie you personally too, what are you up to? Riding bikes? Who are you doing what with? More color would be beautiful.

:)

I know this sounds preposterous but listening to Freddie reference all of the happenings in free practice and qualifying not to mention the winter testing I had a moment thinking "oh wow Freddie Spencer watches MotoGP just like me". Naturally i'm sure all of the other Grand Prix legends watch everything to do with MotoGP but living in New York and being more less the only person I know who watches it's sometimes easy to forget that other real people are as obsessed as I am,