Five in a row almost was six? He was /is far better than Rossi. If not for Gardner we would not have Australians or A Grand Prix in Australia and other Australians would neve have been seen. He was amazing.
THE most tedious era in MotoGP ever. Almost every race was yawnsville and all the BIG talents had retired by then with only Doohan left. He had no one to beat, apart from himself. Wouldn't have got anywhere near Rossi, Marquez or Lorenzo in the current era.
Bullshit. He raced them and beat them with sheer talent. He was dominant because he was good and good ride the 500 better than the rest. He would eat Rossi alive as that snotty Italian is nasty little prick , Lorenzo is a joke and Marquez very talented and rides similar to Doohan. You don't win five on sheer luck.
This reminds me of the good old days-- when men went off to war and men rode and drove machines and were in rodeos. Now they send boys off to war and put little boys on motorcycles. Oh well I was never good enough nor did my sorry ass parents do anything to promote my skills.
Well said Ronan. I watched Mick right from the start of his career. He not only dominated but he did so in an era when 500 GP bikes were at their most difficult to ride.
He flourished under these conditions and used the psychological advantage of his skill to destroy his rivals like never seen before.
He actually chose to use the screamer engine knowing it was harder to ride. When he won on it he knew his opposition would think that was the reason he was winning. Mick knew when his rivals demanded the same equipment it would give him an even greater advantage.
The greatest rider from the greatest era of GP racing.
FISHURMOMBALL Doohan was a really great rider, he really dominated. What's not covered here is that he would have won championships earlier had he not almost killed himself at Assen. He missed the entire following season, to come back and win 5 straight on a bike with no rear brake pedal, he had to use a thumb lever on the left near the clutch lever. Doohan has a higher winning and podium percentage than Rossi, but it's impossible to compare different eras and technologies. In his time Doohan was easily the best, as was Rossi early on until guys like Stoner could get under Rossi's skin
You are right as these guys were men and racers . My hero was Freddie Spencer and I have met him , but if not for Gardner & Doohan we would have been ignored on the world stage . It will never be that good again thats right and that snotty Rossi with remarks about Stoner made it into a school yard spat sport.
You're kidding, right? I'm guessing you never actually saw Mick race. I was at Winton in Victoria the first time he rode the MYDT superbike. He came second to Dowson (who had been riding the Yamaha for several years) in the first race & won the 2nd. I was also at Oran park for the Australian round of the 1988 World Superbikes & Mick destroyed the field to win both races convincingly. He also won the 2nd race at the Sugo round that year by more than 20 seconds. In 1992 he was winning the 500 GP championship by a huge margin when he broke his leg at Assen & despite missing 4 rounds & barely being able to walk (let alone wrestle a 500cc GP bike around a track) for the last 2 rounds, still only lost the championship to Rainey by 4 points. By your calculations, if Mick was a B grader then so was Rainey, Schwantz, Gardner, Lawson, Biaggi, etc... - all of whom won championship titles.
+iLike Vagina sorry dude, but he was only ever a b grader, and a very lucky one at that. People don't like to hear that but it is the truth. Had beattie stayed with Honda he would have won just as much as mick if not more, but he did not want to rock the boat so he took the offer with Robert's. Mick was a very vey lucky boy from the gold coast all the cards fell his way. Read who Jerry Burgess rates as the best, it's not mick!
No, he did not win a tital until all three had finished. WG injured retired 92, Schwantz was never the same after Rainey`s crash retired 94, and Wayne Rainey ended up in a wheelchair mid way through 93. Sorry to break hearts, but mick was only a B grader, the real brains of the outfit was a bloke called Jerry Burgess........
The bike was better than others towards the end of the 90s, but Doohan beat other riders at the start of the 90s in single races when the Honda was not considered the best. Also it seems that Doohan could ride the bike better especially when they swapped back to the screamer engines.
that bike was very difficult to ride well..lots of good riders and bikes in the 2-stroke 500 era and Doohan dominated through the 90's until injuries forced his retirement;clearly the rider made it win.