#3 – Mick Doohan


Five of the eight Grand Prix titles Australia owns belong to Mick Doohan. Doohan began his world championship career in 1989 racing against Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz and fellow countryman Wayne Gardner. In 1992 Doohan crashed and, due to medical complications, nearly had his right leg amputated. He returned for the final two races of the year but could not stop Rainey from taking the title (by only four points). The following season Doohan continued racing but struggled with residual health problems from the year before.

In 1994, however, Doohen went on a five-year winning spree earning the championship title from ’94-’98. His control over the diabolical two-stroke V-Four 500cc GP machine of the era is legendary and captured in the image above, utilizing the spinning, rear-wheel-steering style ushered in by Kenny Roberts years prior.

  • TraderJoesSecrets

    It’s Hailwood. Take him out of the slot he’s in, and move him to #1. Shuffle the others back accordingly, and you’re good.

  • fastfreddie

    Tsk,tsk.No place for the great Freddie Spencer?

    Agree with TJS about Hailwood.

  • orangelion03

    Might argue with the rankings (and will enjoy arguing that over beers), but agree completely with the nominees.

  • Scott Holbrooks

    Yes, you better put Spencer in there, but you better not drop Schwantz off the back end either. Fast Freddie won the 500 & 250 in the same year. Unthinkable! I know Rossi is great, but riding the MotoGP bikes is just like a step above Superbikes. The 500’s were animals.

    • John Woods

      Rossi won a 500 title! In fact, he’s won in every class/configuration of GP bikes that have been around for the last 15 years – 125, 250, and 500cc two-strokes, 1000 (technically, 990) and 800cc four-strokes.

  • Not including Fast Freddie was a hard decision, but this was about premier class championships so his winning a 250cc title didn’t weigh on the outcome. Yes, he was a two-time premier class champ, but so was Barry Sheene and Casey Stoner and Phil Read. These three riders were, in fact, the ones Schwantz beat out making the 10th slot in this list.

  • John

    I have to disagree about Fast Freddy. He won the 250 and the 500 World championship in the same year.
    good god man.

  • theUg

    Wrong. According to Wikipedia article, Sanyang Industrial Co. Ltd., as it was called then, formed joint venture with Honda in 1962, which persisted for 40 years until dissolution of that partnership in 2002.