The 1983 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
was the 35th F.I.M. Road Racing
World Championship season.
The 1983 battle for 500 cc supremacy between Honda
's Freddie Spencer
's Kenny Roberts
would be one of the most dramatic seasons since the 1967 duel
between Giacomo Agostini
and Mike Hailwood
. As in the 1967 season, the title chase wouldn't be decided until the last race of the year.
1983 would be the last year for the 50cc
class as it would be upgraded to 80cc for the 1984 season. Stefan Dörflinger
would take the honor of being the last 50cc World Champion. Angel Nieto
won the 125 cc crown in dominating fashion, making it his 12th world championship. Carlos Lavado
would capture his first 250 cc world championship in a season that saw eight riders share wins over eleven races.
Spencer seemed ready to run away with the 500 cc title, winning the first three races and four of the first six. Roberts came on strong in the second half of the season taking the battle down to the wire. In the end, they each took six victories with Spencer claiming his first world championship by two points. It was also Honda's first 500cc championship.
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