MotoGP » PICS: Mick Doohan rides Honda RCV


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Md Zane - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 3:28 PM

Instantly recognizable,probably still got the strokers with no electronics in his mind set.unfortunately this guy was that fast he made GP racing boring

True Fan - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 3:39 PM

@herewego
no, you're not under my skin. I just like to call BS when I see it. You are unfortunately rather full of it.

e.g. "Somebody on here said recently that Mick Doohan is one of the greatest, but Casey Stoner just thinks he is!!! Such a true statement."

Have a nice day...

Iddor - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 3:45 PM

He went out for five laps, really slowly at first, but after a while he was pushing a little more, lifting the front wheel coming into the straight! He seemed to have a bit of a hard time braking though, must be pretty tough to understand how the engine brake is working on these bikes, especially for a two stroke rider! Laps 4 and 5 were around 1'40" - 1'41".

Amazing to see he's got exactly the same style on the bike. And the same old leathers!

Great fun!

Bravo Mick!

herewego - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 3:50 PM

@ True Fan, my opinion and I'm sticking with it!! You've got yours, we just differ greatly but isn't what this is all about? Just no need for such aggression!Keep things on a friendlier note!!

True Fan - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 4:21 PM

@Iddor "especially for a 2 stroke rider"

That's mostly true, but I'm pretty sure that Doohan rode in, and won, at least one Suzuka 8 hour race for Honda. That was on 4 strokes, but not quite the same as an RCV12.

Anyway, he probably hasn't ridden a bike at all since the last time he rode demonstration laps. Maybe he was rusty, or maybe he just didn't want to drop it!

Jiri Simek

October 27, 2012 4:43 PM

To evaluate him is not our business. But certainly, Mick is not in the absolute best. 90% of his success was the NSR500. He had no balls to switch the marks. Until Wayne Rainey had the terrible accident, Mick was nowhere! SO to try to give him the label GOAT is ridiculous...

True Fan - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 4:59 PM

@Jiri Simek

Well, calling anyone the GOAT is ridiculous.

In fairness, the late 80s Hondas were absolute pigs to ride. Gardner had some breathtaking tank slappers. Doohan had some ugly accidents (e.g. Phillip Island, where he lost part of his finger) and had to learn to ride with different configurations. By the time Rainey crashed at Misano, Doohan was pretty competitive. The hondas had a bit more power than Yamaha, but Yamaha handled a lot better. Lawson famously rode the Honda and won a WC on it, but Gardner got badly injured that year, and Lawson only won a handful of races.

Doohan actually tamed the Honda, and that was no mean feat. But for injuries he would likely have won 2 more World championships. In fairness, the level of competition was not quite the same in later years compared to Garner, Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz etc, but you get that. And anyway, part of that was due to his performance. The other riders were beaten before they got to the start line.

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