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Jun 11, 2013

Alpinestars Brought Marc Marquez And Freddie Spencer Together In France Last Weekend

Former 250cc and 500cc GP World Champion Freddie Spencer (left) with former 125cc GP and reigning Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez (right) in France. Photo courtesy of Alpinestars.
Current MotoGP sensation, Marc Marquez met the legendary Freddie Spencer for the first time at a special Alpinestars event at the Maxxess Megastore in Bordeaux, Saturday 8th June.

Both Marc and Freddie met with fans, signing autographs, giving interviews and enjoying a warm reception in South-west France.
This was the first time the two riders had been given the opportunity to swap experiences since Marc took over from Freddie as the youngest ever premier class winner. It was a record that Fast Freddie had held for 31 years and both were clearly excited:

Freddie Spencer : “It’s great. Hopefully, Marc may hold the record as long as I did; 31 years. For Marc to come along now and to perform like he has is great. Great to see, great for the sport!”

Marc Marquez: “I saw many videos and from what people explained to me, Freddie was always more or less like me, always pushing, never was enough. When you see he competed in two World Championships on a Sunday …. now this I cannot imagine”.

Marc Márquez’s rookie MotoGP season has been explosive. Winning at COTA, Austin Texas to become the youngest ever winner in the premier class and finishing on the podium in the first four races of the season. But the racing world has been talking about his talent since his debut World Championship campaign in 2008. Two years later, he scored an incredible 10 victories from 12 poles on his way to the 125cc World Championship title. Stepping up to Moto2 in 2011 the youngster came 2nd but a year later took the title with a stunning 9 wins. He stepped into Repsol Honda Factory Team to replace outgoing Casey Stoner for the 2013 season. By winning in Texas, on 21st April 2013, at the age of 20 years and 63 days, Marc took over Freddie Spencer’s 31 year record.

American Freddie Spencer’s place in the annals of racing is assured thanks to his historic 250cc and 500cc double title winning season in 1985, which is yet to be repeated. Like many of his compatriots, Freddie started in motocross and superbike before having his first full World Championship season with Honda, where he finished third, winning two Grands Prix and taking six podiums. His achievements - 3 World Championships, 27 Grand Prix wins, 39 podiums and 33 poles in 250 and MotoGP - speak for themselves. For 31 years Fast Freddie held the record for being the youngest winner in the top category of motorcycle racing, following his victory on 4th July 1982, at the age of 20 years and 196 days, in the 500cc Belgium Grand Prix.