Mick Doohan to sample current-spec MotoGP Honda
Australia’s five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan will sample a current specification MotoGP bike next month during the Air Asia Australian Grand Prix weekend.
Doohan has accepted an invitation from the factory Repsol Honda squad to complete demonstration laps of the Phillip Island circuit on one of its RC213Vs.
The now 47-year-old enjoyed all 137 of his premier class starts on Honda machinery, winning 54 Grands Prix and five consecutive titles (1994-1998).
Doohan believes that this year’s AGP will be well attended with Australia’s modern day star, Casey Stoner, hoping to return from injury for the event before retiring at the end of the season.
“The last time I rode a Grand Prix bike at all was in the mid-2000s in Japan so it’s been a long while, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Doohan of his impending demonstration run.
“The fans and the riders always enjoy getting down to the Island, so hopefully this year with Casey’s retirement announcement, it’s going to be a big event.
“It’ll be good to play a little part in that, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone down there.”
The 2012 Air Asia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is set to take place on the October 26-28 weekend, and serves as the penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship.