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.
Freddie Spencer kicks off this week's video blog with his own memories of the Austrian Grand Prix, though when he was riding it was at the Salzburgring rather than the track that is now the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg. That was a different track, but suffered some of the same concerns with the weather.
Next up, Freddie Spencer looks at the challenges of the circuit, and goes on to talk about the weight of expectations resting on the shoulders of the Ducati riders at the track. The former 500cc world champion discusses the fortunes of the Hondas and Yamahas, and provides a truly fascinating insight into tire management, and how you conserve tires as a rider.
Like Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, and Johann Zarco, Spencer would commonly choose to race a softer tire than the rest, and he describes just what you have to do to preserve the tire and extract maximum performance from it.
Finally, Fast Freddie goes on to look at that thrilling last-lap attempt by Marc Marquez on Andrea Dovizioso, and why it failed. A truly unique insight into racing at the very highest level.
For more insights from Freddie Spencer, his autobiography Feel: My Story is currently on sale.
For those who can't watch the video, here's an audio-only version of Freddie Spencer's rider insights