Mick Doohan is one of motorcycle racing’s all-time legends. He dominated the sport in the 1990s, winning over 50 races and securing five 500cc MotoGP world championships in a row for Honda.
Doohan had spent the 1980s racing in Australian Superbikes – and he remains one of few MotoGP world champions to have taken victory in the Superbike World Championship, winning both races at Australia’s Oran Park in 1988.
The Australian made his grand prix debut the following year – and was seemingly heading for his first world title in 1992 when he was seriously injured in a practice crash at Assen. At one point it was feared he might lose his right leg but he ended up recovering to become champion within two years.
Of all his titles, 1997 was his most successful year when he won 12 out of 15 races and finished second in two more before crashing out of the lead of the year’s last race at home in Australia. He finally retired from racing after another accident at Jerez in 1999 when he broke his leg in several places.
Doohan has plenty of experience on four wheels too – and he even tested a Williams F1 car at Barcelona in 1998. He made his debut at ROC South Europe in June 2009, reaching the semi-finals of the ROC Legends. He has since made appearances at the Race Of Champions in Beijing, Düsseldorf, Bangkok and Barbados.
1997: Record for most 500cc MotoGP wins (12 from 15 races)
1997: Record for most 500cc MotoGP pole positions in a year (12 from 15 races)
1997: Record for most points in a 500cc MotoGP season (340)
1992: Runner-up in 500cc MotoGP World Championship
1991: Runner-up in 500cc MotoGP World Championship
1990: Third in 500cc MotoGP World Championship
1989: 500cc MotoGP debut
1984: Road racing debut, aged 19
2012: Semi-finalist in the ROC Nations Cup for Team Australia alongside Jamie Whincup
2009: Semi-finalist in ROC Legends at ROC South Europe, defeated by eventual winner Andy Priaulx