This MotoGP World Champion has been the winner of the title a total of five times. Between 1994 and 1998 he was the undisputed champion and he hails all the way from the Gold Coast of Australia. Honour is something that Doohan is very familiar with, in 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia and has been placed in the Australian Hall of Fame thrice. Not too bad for a rider with an injured hand who couldn’t change gears using the clutch. His bike was modified so that he could change and operate the clutch using his feet.
Life After Racing
Michael retired from racing in 1999, however, his affiliation with the sport was not cut. He continued to contribute to the sport as the General Manager of Racing for the Honda Racing Corporation. This was a position he filled between the year 2000 and 2004. Later in life, his attentions were attracted to aviation and he achieved his helicopter pilots license as a result. He is a family man who loves his home country of Australia and spends a majority of his time there.
Michael Doohan has played a phenomenal role in safe riding programs for motorcycles. The Motor Accident Commission in Australia is responsible for safety on the roads. In response to an increase in fatalities and injuries on the roads, they reached out to Doohan to promote safe riding practices, taking him as an example for all the motorsport lover and Australian drivers.