Michael Sydney ‘Mick’ Doohan is one of the all-time greats in one of the fastest and fiercest branches of motor sport, grand prix motorcycle racing.
And Mick did it with the fearsome two strokes. Power didn’t so much build, as come on like a light switch.
This nearly cost Mick his right leg in 1992. In his fourth season after finishing second by just seven points the previous year, he’d won the first four races, had two seconds and then another win.
But then came his horrific crash, when leading the world championship by 65 points at the halfway point.
After missing five races and still not properly repaired – but still leading the championship by two points – he got on his bike for the last round.
Mick was sixth – Wayne Rainey was third – meaning that Mick missed the title by just four points.
The next year wasn’t strong by his standards with just four pole positions.
In 1994 Mick really got cracking and was champion by 143 points.
Four more championships followed consecutively, using a bike modified because of his injured leg.
Only four riders have bettered Mick’s 54 grand prix wins in the 66 year history of the championship.
Please welcome Mick Doohan, a very worthy member of the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.