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David Greenfield - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 5:53 PM

You can't deny Mick's prowess.
He would have beaten Rainey notwithstanding that unfortunate accident.
The 500cc era was really a horse of a different color.
You try riding one of those things.......
Insane powerband, no electronic aids.
You can't judge from your easy chair, what it took to win in those days.

mattbloke - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 6:32 PM

@jiri you clearly dont know your history son. i think you will find that the year Doohan smashed up his leg he was BEATING rainey, lawson and every body else. he took a few races off, then rode with a steel pin in his leg (rode so hard that he BENT the pin) and despite missing all those races, and riding injured, he was still leading the championship at the last round! (Rainey was the first person to win a championship from behind at the last race, the only other time it happened was when Hayden won from Rossi in 2006)so to say that he only started winning after rainey got injured etc is nonsense.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 6:50 PM

I wouldn't call that nonsense...though I would say it's not exactly fair. Doohan getting injured at Assen put paid to his title that year. However, all the top riders were injured that year, Rainey included. Sure, Mick was beating the pants off everyone, but most all of the competition was injured. His being sidelined for all those races allowed Rainey to catch up...but just like saying IF Doohan hadn't been injured, he'd have won the title, IF Rainey hadn't gotten injured, Doohan wouldn't have had such a lead. As for Jiri's comment it is sort of true. Doohan didn't begin winning championships until Rainey was injured and out for good. After that, his only competition was Schwantz. With Rainey out, Schwantz didn't ride the same way. He didn't care as much about beating Doohan as he did Rainey. Say what you like, but those are facts quoted all knowledgeable GP historians

m - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 6:51 PM

Anyone who thinks doohan didn't earn his championships wasn't watching him win them and he ran with the best of them. Tamed the mar. He is a legend. I bet he could put in a good lap now. Doohan. Ok

gutbucket - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 6:54 PM

interesting to read the comments on gardner,lawson and doohan as honda riders.ive always been a fan of lawson ,like many great champions lawson had a knack of going super fast but looking like he was taking his time.the nsr honda looked an animal when gardner was wringing its neck but the following year when lawson got on it his smooth style made it a diffrent bike.when doohan got on it it seemed back to its old viscious self.


October 27, 2012 6:57 PM

@ Mattbloke Glade to see someone putting things right with Mick Doohan . He was beating Rainey , Swantze , Lawson and co before his bad accident. And when he came back next year he was still competitive despite being (and I don't say this lightly) almost a cripple. They wanted to amputate his leg after all but Dr Costa begged them to give a another chance. They had to stitch his to legs together to keep the bad one from dying. Now don't tell me to come back and win 5world titles after that was not that great. He also beat Swantze easy the following year who like Rossi was the darling of the sport. Doohan could do things on a bike that no one else could , infact the only person I can compare him with is his compatriate Stoner.

Jiri Simek

October 27, 2012 7:14 PM
Last Edited 1077 days ago

Oh boys, it is absolutely pointless to argue with you :) I am watching the sport since 1985. And I have always had great respect to Mick Doohan (even got a photo with him). But honestly, boys, Rainey was was too much for the Aussie :) Like Rossi was for Casey Stoner. The GOAT of course exists and his name is Valentino Rossi. I got the feeling that recently a lot has changed here....

Jiri Simek

October 27, 2012 7:16 PM
Last Edited 395 days ago

Check the data boys....Doohan in 500cc since 1988....Till 1993 no title :)))) no point in disputes with a bunch of.... I simply hate your Ifs and whould haves.... Doohan is one of the greatest, but there are others who simply managed to win a lot more in a lot shorter periods of time or those who switched from one mark to another and still managed to win a titles.

True Fan - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 7:40 PM

@Jiri You've just shredded your credibility with that goat claim.
Your "GOAT" is today riding a 250 bhp factory bike with a mass of changes to his specification, and he was 0.006 seconds ahead of a CRT, which has about 185 bhp. He's a long way off the pace of the other prototypes. I couldn't see that happening to Lawson, Rainey, Doohan, Schwantz, Gardner, or a whole bunch of other riders, and certainly not Stoner. Believe what you want, but don't expect to be taken seriously.

jon - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 8:31 PM

mick doohan isa great no doubt, fair play for him to get on a modern prototype, who cares of his lap times ,the guy is way beyond his best so who gives a hell what his clock says... as for stoner the moaner ,
when he had the ducati it was about 10 mph faster than any other 800 at the time so it was a massively different bike than todays ducati.... so he was on it when it was a good bike that he suited... stoner wouldnt do well on a yamaha i dont think, its to smooth for his style(wild)..
rossi truely is the great 9 world titles, ad he makes it interesting, hes honourable to defeat ,hes the first to say well done ... stoner moans at everything ,youtube stoner rossi post laguna seca 2008, he takes rossi beating him so bad he throws bull at him and wont shake his hand lol and then says sorry the next day lol

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