28 Facts About Mick Doohan


Michael Sydney Doohan was born on 4 June 1965 and is an Australian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion, who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships.


Originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Mick Doohan attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace and Aspley State High School, Brisbane.


Mick Doohan raced in Australian Superbikes in the late 1980s, and won both races as Superbike World Championship visited Oran Park in 1988 as well as the second leg of the Japanese round held earlier in the year.


Mick Doohan is one of the few 500 cc or MotoGP World Champions to have won a Superbike World Championship race.


Mick Doohan made his Grand Prix debut for Honda on an NSR 500 cc two-stroke motorcycle in 1989.


Late in the 1990 season Mick Doohan claimed his first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on his way to third in the championship.


Mick Doohan competed successfully throughout the early 1990s and appeared to be on his way to winning his first world championship when he was seriously injured in a practice crash before the 1992 Dutch TT.


Mick Doohan suffered permanent and serious damage to his right leg due to medical complications and, at one stage, faced amputation of the leg.


At the time, Mick Doohan was 65 points in the lead of the championship, but could not compete for eight weeks after the crash.


In 1997, his most successful year, Mick Doohan won 12 out of 15 races, finished second in another two, and crashed out of the final race of the season at his home GP while leading by more than six seconds.


In June 1996, Mick Doohan was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the sport of motor racing.


One notable trait of Mick Doohan's post-crash riding style was the use of a thumb-operated rear brake developed during 1993 owing to the reduced range of motion in his ankle.


In 1999 Mick Doohan had another accident, this time in a very wet qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix.


Mick Doohan again broke his leg in several places and subsequently announced his retirement.


In June 2011, Mick Doohan made an appearance at the Isle of Man TT.


Mick Doohan completed a parade lap, and was most enamored by the thrill and spectacle of the Snaefell Mountain Course.


Mick Doohan then went on to pay tribute to his former Honda racing teammate, Joey Dunlop.


On 8 August 2006, Mick Doohan appeared in Darwin Magistrates Court to face charges over a weekend fracas at a strip club.


Mick Doohan was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to assaulting a bouncer and failing to leave a licensed premise.


Mick Doohan married Selina Sines, who had been his partner for the previous eleven years, on Tuesday 21 March 2006, on Hamilton Island; the couple have two children, including racing driver Jack Mick Doohan.


Mick Doohan found the car difficult to drive and crashed against a guard rail.


In 2001, Mick Doohan drove a Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG works rally car with his co-driver Mark Stacey in the 2001 Targa Tasmania rally.


Mick Doohan was in thirteenth place on day three when he crashed the car; he and Stacey were uninjured after the incident.


Mick Doohan's name was removed from the ride's branding in May 2022, and it is known simply as Motocoaster.


Mick Doohan was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 and received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.


Mick Doohan was awarded the "Key to the City" by the City of Gold Coast in 1997.


Mick Doohan was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009.


In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Mick Doohan was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend".