Episode 1 - Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer, the phenom from Shreveport Louisiana, became the youngest 500cc MotoGP World Champion in 1983 for the first of his three world titles. In 1985 he became the only person ever to win a 250cc and a 500cc World Championship in the same year. Now Freddie talks with Peter Starr about his amazing career and his new book “FEEL”.
Episode 2 - Steve Baker
Steve Baker was the first American ever to win a Road Racing World Championship. He did it in 1977 in what turned out to be a mega year for Steve when in addition to his World Championship, he also finished second in the coveted 500cc World Championship, and won the Daytona 200, The Imola (Italy) 200 and major races in Spain, England, Austria and Belgium amongst his victories in this Cinderella year. Peter Starr has known Steve since he filmed him winning the Race of the Year in England in 1976 and now Steve shares his stories about his Championship year and more.
Episode 3 - Brad Lackey
In 1982 Brad Lackey became the first American to win a Motocross World Championship and is still the only American to have won a 500cc World Motocross Title. This year of success was the end result of his eleven years of competing on the world stage. His dedication and tenacity through those eleven years shows the kind of commitment needed at that time for any American to compete and succeed against the best in the world. Now Brad shares some of his favorite stories on MotoStarr.
Episode 4 - Greg Hancock
Greg Hancock started racing speedway in the small “bull ring” race tracks of southern California as a teenager. Thirty years later, he had won 4 World Championships, 8 American Speedway Championships and competed in over 200 Speedway Grands Prix in very country that holds Professional Speedway International Grands Prix. In doing so he became the most successful American Speedway racer ever, and one of the top competitors in the world ever to compete in Speedway at that level. Now retired, Greg talks with Peter Starr about his amazing career.
Episode 5 - Bruce Penhall
One of the most unique careers in motorsports, that transposed into a career as a successful television actor, would described Bruce Penhall, but only partially. Bruce is the only person that has won back-to-back World Championships in two entirely different motorsports. His very successful racing career as a Two-time World Speedway Champion and later a 5-time World off-shore Powerboat Champion (two of them back-to-back!) would be more than enough for most competitors, but not Bruce. He turned his celebrity and good looks into a starring role in the television series “CHiPS”. Now he is a very successful businessman who has never lost touch with his Speedway racing beginnings.
Episode 6 - Kevin Schwantz
From a career that spans experience in observed trials, motocross to the ultimate prize, a 500cc World Road Racing Championship, Kevin Schwantz has a plethora of motorcycle stories. Kevin has won 25 Grands Prix, second of all Americans, and he was the last of the long list from the “Glory Days” of American domination of World Grand Prix racing. Following some of the most intense on-track battles and personal racing rivalry had kept the attention of enthusiasts from around the world, Kevin now is one of the best loved of Gran Prix Champions. Now Kevin shares some of his favorite stories on MotoStarr.
Episode 7 - Eddie Lawson
This man has won four and that made him the most successful American racer in the sport. Along the way he also won 31 Grands Prix, Two American Superbike Championships, Two, AMA 250cc Grand Prix series Championships, two Daytona 200 races and the prestigious Suzuka 8 hour race. After ten years at the top of his game, he retired from motorcycle GP racing but that as not the end of his racing career, or of all the things that his does now to fill his life. There is a lot more to Eddie Lawson than meets the eye.
Episode 8 - Kenny Roberts
Many in the world of motorcycling would say that this man needs no introduction and they would be right. In my opinion, he has done more single-handedly to advance the sport than anyone else. He is a two-time American Grand National Champion, a three-time 500cc Road Racing World Champion, a four-time World Champion as a team owner, and the father of another World Champion. He instigated a safer and more equitable World Grand Prix stage for riders. His company designed and raced two Grand Prix racers…and the list of his achievements on and off the race track continues. They Don’t Call Him The “King” for Nothing!
Episode 9 - Wayne Rainey
America was once the force that was driving much of World Grand Prix motorcycle racing. From Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson, Americans won ten World Titles and the American dominance was being carried further with Wayne Rainey with his three world titles until the catastrophic accident at Misano, Italy in 1993. There have been many that, following such a cataclysmic episode in their lives, have simply disappeared into oblivion. Not Wayne Rainey. In spite of him being paralyzed from the chest down from that accident, Wayne has been an amazing inspiration to motorcycle riders everywhere and now some 27 years later, is the head of MotoAmerica an organization that he started to encourage and inspire American road racers to improve their game and head to Europe to take on the world.
Episode 10 - John Kocinski
Three-time American 250cc Road Race Champions and a Two-Time FIM World Champion John Kocinski revisits key elements of his most extraordinary career, that at age 47, is still active.
Episode 11 - Flyin' Fred Merkel
Episode Eleven of the MotoStarr Video Podcasts featuring Flying’ Fred Merkel. Three-time AMA Superbike Champion, Two-time World Superbike Champion and a personality that extended way beyond the racetrack, only describes the beginning of the person that is Stockton California born Fred Merkel.
Episode 12 - Scott Russell
Scott Russell, perhaps equally known as “Mr. Daytona”, is the quintessential American Racer. His competitive and intuitive approach to racing and his successes are legend; World Superbike Champion, Suzuka 8 hour winner, AMA Superbike Champion, AMA Supersport Champion, where he won every one of his races in his winning year and a record 23 victories in that class, and likely what he will forever be remembered for, 5 Daytona 200 victories, hence his moniker. Of course he may also be remembered for his amazing helmet design.
Episode 13 - Doug Toland
One of the best kept secrets in American Motorcycling is the World Endurance Championship that my guest for Episode 13 won in 1993. He was the first American to do so and he did it at a time when so few American’s knew that there was a World Endurance series. In many respects for my guest, that might have been be the pinnacle of his racing success after learning his craft on the race tracks of America, but his career in motorcycling continued with American Honda and an opportunity to pass along his expertise to a new and different audience. Through his tenure with Honda, his successful racing career, and his time in the media with Cycle World, Doug Toland was able to live his dream, and occasionally wear a tie!
Episode 14 - Kenny Roberts Jr.
Episode 14 of the MotoStarr Video podcasts is with a man who has lived with the name of a motorcycle racing legend all of his life. He followed in his father’s footsteps by also winning a 500cc World MotoGP Championship, making them the only father and son to ever have won a motorcycle World Title and the only pair to have won any major motorsports World Championships while both are still alive. This is Kenny Roberts Jr.
Episode 15 - Ben Spies
This MotoStarr video podcast provides a great insight into America’s Three-time AMA Superbike Champion (2006-7-8), and the 2009 World Superbike Champion, Ben Spies. There is much to learn about this Texan, and he has, as he did throughout racing career, not only left nothing on the table, but in many respects, gave it his all. A great Texan, a Great American and a terrific guest for MotoStarr.
Episode 16 - Jay Leno
THE WINDOW ON THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLING. In reality this guest need no introduction for most motor-heads, whether a motorcycle fan or a car aficionado. His car and motorcycle collection is legend and his knowledge is both global and significant – which he shares with us in this MotoStarr Episode.
Episode 2/2 - Sammy Miller
This week on the MotoStarr Video podcast I get to visit with a true Legend who was not only 3rd in the World Road Racing Championship but truly an icon of observed trials with 11 consecutive British Championships, Two European Championships, in an era when there was no World Trials Championships and, won of over 1400 observed trials events. Now at 86 years old he is patron of his own museum and still practices trials every day. This is Sammy Miller.