Top 10 MotoGP/500cc World Champions
#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.