Mick Doohan

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Mick Doohan
Mick Doohan in Suzuka, 1990
Nation: AustraliaAustralia Australia
Motorcycle world championship
Starts Victories Poles SR
137 54 58 46
World title: 5
World Cup points: 2283
Podiums: 95
According to class (es):
500 cc class
First start: 1989 Japanese Grand Prix
Last start: 1999 Japanese Grand Prix
1989-1999  Honda
World Cup balance
World Champion ( 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 )
Starts Victories Poles SR
137 54 58 46
World Cup points: 2283
Podiums: 95
Superbike World Championship
First start: JapanJapan Sugo (Run 1) 1988
Last start: AustraliaAustralia Oran Park (Run 2) 1998
1988  Yamaha
World Cup balance
World Cup twelfth ( 1988 )
Starts Victories Poles SR
4th 3 1 1
World Cup points: 30th
Podiums: 3

Michael "Mick" Doohan (born June 4, 1965 in Brisbane ) is a former Australian motorcycle racer and five-time world champion in the 500 cc class of the motorcycle world championship .



In 1974, Mick Doohan first sat on a motorcycle, following his older brother Col, at the age of nine. In the late 1980s he demonstrated his talent in the Australian and Japanese Superbike championships and in the 1988 season also in the newly created Superbike World Championship . In 1989 he made his debut in the motorcycle world championship on a 500cc factory machine as a teammate of world champions Wayne Gardner and Eddie Lawson . After finishing ninth in his debut year, he steadily improved and finished his second season in third place. In the same season he won his first race on the Hungaroring at the Hungarian Grand Prix .

1992 looked like it was going to be Doohan's year. He won five of the first seven races and was already leading the championship by 53 points. At the eighth race of the season in Assen , the Netherlands , he fell so badly in qualifying that he broke his right leg and the season was over for him. He only gave up his world championship lead in the last race and was runner-up, four points behind. In the following season he started with a considerable lack of fitness and was only able to build on his old achievements in the second half of the season. The bottom line was that it was enough for fourth place in the world championship.

Five world championships in a row

In the 1994 season Mick Doohan won nine out of 14 races and was world champion in the 500 cc class for the first time in his career. In the following year he managed to defend his title and in 1996 he won his third world title in a row, standing on the podium twelve times in 15 races. In 1997 he won his fourth title in a row, which only Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood had previously achieved. In 1998 he finally won his fifth title in a row.

Career end

1999 started the season with a fourth and a second place only mediocre for his standards. In training for the third round of the season on the Circuito de Jerez in Spain , he fell in turn four at around 200 km / h and broke his right leg again, which was already damaged. Two plates were inserted and twelve screws were screwed into his leg. He announced his resignation before the end of the season.

With 137 starts in the motorcycle world championship, Mick Doohan achieved 54 wins, 95 podium places, 58 pole positions and 46 fastest race laps . In 2000 he became the first ever rider to be inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame .

From 2000 to 2004 he was the team manager of the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). Among other things, he was involved in signing the Italian Valentino Rossi, his potential driving successor.



In the motorcycle world championship

season class motorcycle run Victories Podiums Poles Points Result
1989 500 cc Honda 12 0 1 0 81 9.
1990 500 cc Honda 15th 1 5 3 179 3.
1991 500 cc Honda 15th 3 14th 2 224 2.
1992 500 cc Honda 9 5 7th 6th 136 2.
1993 500 cc Honda 13 1 6th 4th 156 4th
1994 500 cc Honda 14th 9 14th 6th 317 World Champion
1995 500 cc Honda 13 7th 10 9 248 World Champion
1996 500 cc Honda 15th 8th 12 8th 309 World Champion
1997 500 cc Honda 15th 12 14th 12 340 World Champion
1998 500 cc Honda 14th 8th 11 8th 260 World Champion
1999 500 cc Honda 2 0 1 0 33 17th
total 137 54 95 58 2283 5 world titles

In the Superbike World Championship

season motorcycle run Victories Podiums Poles Nice Race laps Points position
1988 Yamaha 4th 3 3 1 1 30th 12.
total 4th 3 3 1 1 30th

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