MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. After every MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.
After Marc Marquez wrapped up the 2018 MotoGP title at Motegi, Freddie Spencer takes a look back at the race. But before he starts on that, he has a few words to say on the fact that he will be the Chair of the FIM Panel of Stewards from next year.
Spencer starts off describing how Motegi is the one circuit he has actually ridden a MotoGP bike at, rather than a 500cc two stroke, having had a chance to ride the Honda RC211V 990cc machine in 2001 and 2006.
Before talking about qualifying, Freddie Spencer talks about Jorge Lorenzo's decision to pull out of the race weekend, and the process which goes into making that decision. Then he talks about Andrea Dovizioso's perceived advantage after practice, and the strength of the Ducatis at the track.
Finally, Spencer takes on the race, and strategic battle between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. He looks at how the race played out, and asks why that was. He then reviews the job done by both Honda and Ducati in the championship this year.
For more insights from Freddie Spencer, his autobiography Feel: My Story is currently on sale.
And for those who can't watch the video, here's an audio-only version of Freddie Spencer's rider insights