Three world titles, two won in the same year (1985) in 250 and 500. One of the greatest phenomena in the history of motorcycling, forced to retire early due to physical problems. Number 19, Freddie Spencer
February 15, 2022
19 as Freddie Spencer. Or like John Kocinski? Two giants: a very difficult choice. But even with all the respect and admiration for Kocinski – a world title in 250, 13 victories between 500 (4, 2 with Cagiva) and 250 (9, all with Yamaha) – it is right that with 19 he is identified Spencer, born in 1961, from Louisiana (USA).
Three world titles, two obtained in the same year, in 1985, one with the Honda 250 and one with the Honda 500, for what remains the last “double” in the history of motorcycling, an undertaking that is difficult to repeat in the future. 27 times on the top step of the podium, 39 times in the first three at the finish line, 33 pole positions, there are many records achieved by Spencer in his career.
In 1982 he triumphed in the Belgian GP at 20 years and 196 days, thus becoming the youngest winner in the premier class, a record that was then beaten only by Marc Marquez (first in MotoGP at 20 years and 63 days); in 1983, it becomes the youngest 500 world champion at 21 years and 258 daysalso in this case then surpassed only by Marquez (world champion in 2013 at 20 years and 266 days; therefore, as mentioned, the 250-500 double in 1985, the last year at a high level. Before retiring, he races with Ducati in the world championship SBK. Today he is in charge of the Steward Panels: he was much better as a driver …