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Read more about A Dinner With Freddie Spencer at Motorcycle.com.What makes pro riders pros, is their talent, their fearlessness, and perhaps more than anything else, their ability to feel. That skill applies to Freddie Spencer in more ways than one. A legend on two wheels, he had the magic touch, but he also had a feeling that led him to take a chance on Honda. And now he’s telling his story in his aptly named bio, Feel.
One of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time, winning the 1983 500cc championship and capturing both the 500cc and 250cc Grand Prix World titles in 1985, he comes by his nickname 'Fast Freddie' honestly.
Frederick Burdette Spencer, 57, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Since he began competing in dirt track events at the age of four, racing was obviously in his blood. After winning the 1978 250cc U.S. National Road Racing Championship, he was signed by Honda. By 1982, he had been promoted full-time to Honda’s Grand Prix team and, at the age of 21, won his first 500cc World Championship in 1983. In 1985, Freddie won the Daytona 200, as well as the Formula 1 and 250cc classes. He still holds the record of being the only rider to win all three divisions in a single year. This also happened to be the same year he became the only rider to win both the 250 and 500cc World Championships. Wrist injuries unfortunately cut his career short and, although he returned to successfully race in the AMA Superbike Championship in the 1990s, he officially retired from Grand Prix racing in 1988.
Thanks to the generosity of Honda Canada, a small group of riders and VIPS were invited to join Freddie for dinner in Toronto while he was in town promoting his new book, Feel.