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Freddie Spencer about his rivals


Eddie Lawson on his performance


Raymond Roche talks about his team


Christian Sarron


Ron Haslam didn't expect all the problems


Randy Mamola shares his thoughts

16:29Starting grid

250cc starting grid


Carlos Lavado leads into the first corner

20:58Race action

The charge in the front


Freddie Spencer passes Tony Mang

27:59Checkered flag

Martin Wimmer the winner


Martin Wimmer post-race interview


500cc start: Mike Baldwin crashes

38:30Race action

Christian Sarron is charging through the field


Christian Sarron fights on the outside


Robbie Petersen slides out

47:48Checkered flag

An historic win for Christian Sarron


Post-race interviews: Christian Sarron and Freddie Spencer

West German Bike GP 1985

Added on 26 May 1985

Duke Classics - Bike GP


Relive one of the greatest 500cc World Championship showdowns of the 1980s. Comprehensive, action-packed coverage brings you the full story of the dramatic West German Grand Prix from Hockenheim on Sunday, May 26th, 1985.

American star Freddie Spencer was out to 'do the double' and take his Rothmans Honda machinery to victory in both the 250cc and 500cc classes. However, he would have to contend with extremely challenging conditions and strong competition in two thrilling races - not least from wet weather expert Christian Sarron.

Superb camera angles bring you all the action from both races. You'll be on the edge of your seat as first Spencer battles back from a poor start in the 250cc event to try and catch leader Martin Wimmer, and then finds himself under intense pressure in the 500cc race from the flying Frenchman Sarron.

In addition to action-packed race footage, there are interviews with all the stars, including Eddie Lawson, Ron Haslam, Randy Mamola and Raymond Roche. Plus, Spencer and Sarron reveal the inside story of the awesome 500cc race, explaining how the French rider turned an 18 second deficit in a massive lead despite treacherous conditions.

This is an exceptional record of what proved to be two thrilling races, letting you enjoy again and again that unforgettable moment when Sarron, ignoring the slippery conditions, forced his 500cc Yamaha around the outside of Spencer.


Episode titleWest German Bike GP 1985
Episode number18
Date added26 May 1985
Run time55:33
CategoryRacing coverage
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