Mick Doohan to Ride at Isle of Man in 2011

mick_doohanThe legendary Mick Doohan will be riding at the Isle of Man this year. Doohan, a 5-time GP World Champion, will take a lap around the mountain course alongside Ian Hutchinson.

Doohan is one of the most successful riders in GP history. Doohan won five consecutive World Championships from 1994 to 1998. Only Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini have more championship wins.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting the Isle of Man and seeing a race or two,” Doohan said. “I’m a massive fan of all bike sport and the TT Races has a huge pedigree and is obviously world-famous, so I want to go and see what all the fuss is about.”

Doohan will ride a Honda Fireblade during the Arai parade lap around the iconic mountain course.

“I have a great respect for what those guys do there – I’ve seen some YouTube footage and it looks mad,” Doohan added. “I’m sure when I’m sitting in someone’s front garden with a beer or a cup of nice English tea it will look even madder.”

“I’ve had a great relationship with Arai over the years and they are pretty involved as an Official Helmet partner so it will be great to dust down the leathers and get a lap of the famous Mountain Course as well as having the chance to meet some fans.”

Doohan will do his lap alongside Ian Hutchinson, who won 5 TT events in 2010.

“This visit is a real coup for the TT organisation as Mick is truly one of the greatest and most flamboyant motorcycle riders of all time,” said Isle of Man Motorsport Manager Paul Phillips. “His visit will really boost the profile of the event and generate even more media coverage and I’m sure that TT fans will enjoy meeting this Australian legend.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com