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December 6th, 2020, 01:50 AM   #11
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Yeah it wasn't so good the year later in 88
Mick arrived in 89 had trouble taming it to start with but went on to dominate.
He became a much better rider than Wayne however.

I remember watching a superbike race in the 80s at Sandown park in Melb.
An older work colleague, (who I later bought his wire wheeled 1100 katana from ), was stunned at seeing Robbie Phillis so beaten by this young Doohan kid.
Just rode away from the whole field.
His words were "I've never seen Robbie so beaten".

Well we were all soon to see how good he was.
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Yeah it wasn't so good the year later in 88
Mick arrived in 89 had trouble taming it to start with but went on to dominate.
He became a much better rider than Wayne however.

I remember watching a superbike race in the 80s at Sandown park in Melb.
An older work colleague, (who I later bought his wire wheeled 1100 katana from ), was stunned at seeing Robbie Phillis so beaten by this young Doohan kid.
Just rode away from the whole field.
His words were "I've never seen Robbie so beaten".

Well we were all soon to see how good he was.
Yes, Mick is still my all time hero, although I loved watching Casey Stoner ride; I actually posted on another forum as Doohanfan. Particularly extraordinary that Mick didn’t really start until well in to his 20s unlike all the teenagers now, and going back to Rossi for that matter.

I think it was Wayne’s attitude to Mick early on which rankled with me, and did with Mick as well, I don’t think he had much to do with Mick’s success other than perhaps being a reason Honda were favourably disposed towards another Australian rider.

I don’t think I watched the WSBK races Mick won, didn’t really get into WSBK until the Troys, but him winning those races had a fairly startling impact.

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Yes, Mick is still my all time hero, although I loved watching Casey Stoner ride; I actually posted on another forum as Doohanfan. Particularly extraordinary that Mick didnít really start until well in to his 20s unlike all the teenagers now, and going back to Rossi for that matter.

I think it was Wayneís attitude to Mick early on which rankled with me, and did with Mick as well, I donít think he had much to do with Mickís success other than perhaps being a reason Honda were favourably disposed towards another Australian rider.

I donít think I watched the WSBK races Mick won, didnít really get into WSBK until the Troys, but him winning those races had a fairly startling impact.
It was an Aussie super bike race we watched in 87 I think. He would have been 20 or 21 and still fairly new to the scene.
Some good riders, of whom Robbie was one, were there.
He just methodically rode away from them
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