I knew that once the first four or five races were up, if I didn’t have this 500 thing figured out, we probably weren’t going to continue with the 250.  The season culminated at the penultimate round in Sweden when the two riders collided on the last lap. This is the 1985 NSR500 as ridden by Freddie Spencer, a 90-degree V4 two-stroke with 140hp at 11,500rpm and a weight of just 119kg. URAL Gear Up model with 2WD capability is headed to Australia! He was a racing prodigy who began racing at the age of four, competing in dirt track events near his hometown of Shreveport. In turn one at the end of my first lap it felt good, but then in turn two there’s that little kink behind the pits. He was a racing prodigy who began racing at the age of four, competing in dirt track events near his hometown of Shreveport. “After Kyalami we tested front radials, plus we tried different crankshaft weights and frame stiffness to produce different chassis harmonics in case it was a vibration issue that caused stability problems. Honda's Freddie Spencer gave a dominating performance becoming the first man to win the 250 and 500 championships in the same year. Honda’s NSR500 went on to win nine more World Championships, culminating in Valentino Rossi’s win in 2001. was in testing. This is the 1985 NSR500 as ridden by Freddie Spencer, a 90-degree V4 two-stroke with 140hp at 11,500rpm and a weight of just 119kg. , Spencer now lives in London, England, and commentates on television for various racing series. “That was a day of two completely different things: I won the 250 Championship in the worst race I had ever ridden to that point, and the 500 race was absolutely one of the best I have ever ridden, without question – maybe the best.  In spite of this, he still managed to win three times with the NSR500, and twice more on the NS500 three cylinder machine. We had two tyres to test, and I put on one and straight away it was chattering. That made him the fifth (and last) rider ever to win in the 500cc and the next class down and, due to class changes, the only rider to win in both 500cc and 250cc in one year. After his historic 1985 season, Spencer never won another Grand Prix race. Spencer had a short stint with the Agostini Yamaha team and ended his career on a Ducati in the US National Championship. Freddie Spencer suffered a wrist injury following the 1985 season, with some speculating it was caused by the strain of competing in, and winning, the two championships. Plus I was under pressure due to the fact that I had to do this in a short amount of time, otherwise they wouldn’t let me ride the 250. Teething problems and injuries from crashes hindered Spencer's defense of his crown and he was relegated to fourth place in the championship. Follow. Even though I was a pretty fit guy, doing two big races the same day was really tough,” begins Freddie. No one had done so in such blazing fashion since the great Mike Hailwood two decades before. “The second GP was at Jarama, and on Sunday morning in warm-up I was still trying to figure out the front radial. Blind to prejudice and discrimination, he formed dynamic connections with people and events, but only years later during his racing afterlife could Freddie come to understand the true power of the things he learned. “So here I was with three races to go in the Championship, having gone through everything in the early part of the season, and if I could wrap up the 250 title first and then win the 500 race, then I could clinch the 500 championship in Sweden. I won the 250 race, but Eddie [Lawson] beat me in the 500. And all without any data logging – I was the telemetry, I was the feedback. Road Racing World Championship season. This is the 1985 NSR500 as ridden by Freddie Spencer, a 90-degree V4 two-stroke with 140hp at 11,500rpm and a weight of just 119kg. Freddie Spencer, or "Fast Freddie," as fans called him, will go down in history as one of the greatest road racers that America ever produced.  After it closed, Ienatsch founded a successor-program, the Yamaha Champions Riding School. Australian Wayne Gardner showed promise with a fourth-place finish for Honda. Roberts won the last race but Spencer finished second, securing his first world title by two points.. Spencer was the first to win a World Championship on a Honda NSR500, but he certainly wasn’t the last. I went in knowing that all I needed to do was to finish fourth and I’d won the World Championship. Honda's Freddie Spencer gave a dominating performance becoming the first man to win the 250 and 500 championships in the same year. But Freddie took his reputation to the stars as their ferocious year-long battle culminated in Honda’s first 500cc championship. As if becoming the youngest 500cc grand prix winner at the time at just 20 years and 196 days of age in 1982 wasn’t enough, his defeating of the legendary Kenny Roberts Sr. a year later marked the arrival of a new shade of American splendor.  In 1981, he split his time between the AMA Superbike series, and the European Grand Prix circuit, helping Honda develop the exotic, oval-cylindered NR500 four-stroke Grand Prix bike. Fancy a decent day dash somewhere over the ranges? This page was last edited on 6 June 2020, at 19:57. “It was at the German GP, in the last session on Saturday afternoon, that we made the breakthrough. He was eighth in 1991, riding a Honda for Two Brothers Racing, and went one better in 1992. “Of course, Honda were very pleased about this, especially after starting so late in designing the bike, but I was just part of an incredible team. 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