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Guy - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 8:38 PM

What a privilege! for Doohan, the fans, Honda, to link the past and the present. It's like going to an airshow and watching Manfred Von Richtofen backseating in a Typhoon Eurofighter. Ok, it's impossible but you get the point.

mattbloke - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 8:41 PM

Once again @jiri yes, it took doohan 5 years to win a title. The era he raced in was without a doubt the most competitive era in bike racing ever. Period. There were no crap riders on that era, and they were riding the most evil motorcycles ever made. It's also worth noting that after Mick retired (forcibly) that lap times went UP not down. The man was an animal, and could do things that no one else could do on the same bike. One of the only guys who COMPLAINED when the bikes got easier to ride!!! Nuff said.

Jiri Simek

October 27, 2012 8:56 PM

Well you seem to have checked your archives and have to admit the facts :)) Doohan won five titles in times where there were no Lawsons, Schwantzes, Raineys, Rossis, Robertses Seniors.... So we seem to have quite a different prospectives of the facts, I guess. Well, this is my point of view. I admire this guy for what he achieved, have a great respect for him, he is a five times world champion after all. But the thrill that I love so much on this sport...the thrill was always given to me by guys so much different than he is :)... Take me serious or not....

bob - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 9:44 PM

son of sam.. cheers for the usual amusement ! it was well known throughout the whole scene the doohan beat the crap out of everyone because honda finally got their bike on song(inc huge amounts of cash in jp) and destroyed the opposition year in year out ! then there was a few slump years now the time has come around again. its the honda story. of course the riders have a lot to do with it to. im not saying the bike rides itself(contrary to what HRC think) but it helps if you have the best kit !

bloody kids - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 12:41 AM

Mick was running 500s for nearly a decade, RESPECT, approximately 120 races, think about it. Most of the kids on here have never even ridden a big two stroke never mind raced one. The phrase lighting up the rear, had a different meaning back then, lessons were learnt the hard way, none of this crappy self teaching electronics BS. To ride them fast required a level of control beyond comprehension. Just watch the videos.

mt - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 1:07 AM

Comparing Doohan to Stoner???? Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Stoner is a joke compared to Doohan!

Lets see who is still remembered in 15-20 years time, it won't be Stoner that's for sure

AntG - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 9:14 AM

The great man!

I remember as a young lad this bloke in 1992 blowing away the likes of Rainey, Schwantz and Kocinski, suffering horrific injuries and just missing out on the championship by a couple of points.


October 28, 2012 8:38 PM

@Jiri Simek you're right up to a point. Doohan won his five titles without that much notable opposition. Although I'm pretty sure he could have won titles anyway. Where it gets stupid is when people say that he would have won more had it not been for a couple of very nasty crashes.

Sure IF Doohan hadn't crashed at Assen things could have gone differently, but then you have to ask what would have happened IF Rainey hadn't crashed at Misano. Would Doohan ever have won a title at all?

In a sport like this IF means absolutely nothing. Things are too complex. There are those who claim that Schwantz would never have been champion had Rainey not crashed. It's a point of view, but IF Rainey hadn't crashed in 93 then Kevin would have been a different man in the 94 season. And so on.

I can't be doing with IF. Doohan won five titles and thats one hell of an impressive CV, but that's all you can say. No ifs, no buts, five titles.

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