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Mick Doohan signs up for ROC return

“I'm under no illusions about how tough it is to face some of the world's greatest drivers. But I'm not short of determination…” – Mick Doohan.
Five time 500cc world champion will be the most high profile two-wheeled star at next month's Race Of Champions in Barbados.

The Australian has made five previous Race Of Champions appearances, reaching the quarter-finals in 2012 where he was beaten by F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Now Doohan will be back competing in Barbados next month, where he will also partner V8 Supercar great Jamie Whincup (who sealed his own sixth championship on Sunday) for Team Australia in the Nations Cup.

“I'm delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions and to be teaming up with Jamie again for Team Australia,” Doohan said. “Of course, having spent my racing career on two wheels, I'm under no illusions about how tough it is to face some of the world's greatest drivers. But I'm not short of determination…

“I've got a kart circuit at home – and as soon as I received the call from Fredrik [ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson] I went out to practise in my 600cc-engined buggy. I'll keep that up as we get closer to next month's event and who knows what can happen? Last time Jamie and I reached the semi-finals of the ROC Nations Cup and I'll do my best to give those car specialists another shock or two in Barbados.”

Doohan and Whincup join a ROC 2014 line-up featuring nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, F1's Romain Grosjean (reigning ROC Champion of Champions) and Susie Wolff (Williams development driver), 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch, 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, 2014 World Touring Car Champion José-Maria López and 2014 FIA European F3 Champion Esteban Ocon. The rest of the field will be announced in the run-up to next month's event.

The Race Of Champions, held for over 25 years, brings together some of the world's greatest motor sport competitors and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical (four-wheel) machinery on a unique track with two parallel lanes linked by a crossover bridge.

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