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Australia's Mick Doohan celebrates his victory in the 500cc British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington Park, Leicestershire, August 17 1997, making him World Champion for the fourth year running. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
Australia's Mick Doohan celebrates his victory in the 500cc British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington Park, Leicestershire, August 17 1997, making him World Champion for the fourth year running. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Mick Doohan: Unbeatable (but not unbreakable)

As we head towards Australia Day and remember this country's legends, our friends at Bundaberg Rum give you the chance to put forward your memories of our sporting greats. Hit us up in the comments field below and tell us your favourite Mick Doohan story.

Meanwhile you can nominate your own local sporting legend and win prizes for yourself and them. More info here.

Athletes who ride things insanely fast and survive can be classed as legends before any actual achievements are discussed. Mick Doohan did both and also managed to win lots of races along the way. Bonus.

There are so many things to love about this fearless little Queenslander.

His name is Mick for starters. That's pretty Aussie.

And Mick was bloody tough. He busted so many bones in crashes, an X-ray of his skeleton would reveal a mass of nuts, bolts and steel holding his brittle bones together.

Mick also has a few famous friends that don't mind dropping by for a sleepover at his luxury Gold Coast pad from time to time.

Pooch-loving Hollywood hunk Johnny Depp and his wife Amber stayed at Mick's joint for five months recently whilst filming Pirates of the Caribbean.

Johnny has even promised to make a doco about the life and times of his good mate Mick.

No doubt about the drama in the doco: Mick's injury woes started early on his career in the top class 500cc - or MotoGP as it's called today - when in 1992 his right leg was so badly broken in a horrendous crash before the Dutch Grand Prix, it almost had to be amputated.

Mick got back on that fast Honda of his, switched to a thumb-operated rear brake as his right foot didn't work any more, and then proceeded to dominate the world.

Retire? No. Struggle to walk, stay upright on his bike and use a brake? Yes. But they were only minor hurdles for this courageous but mad man from the Gold Coast.

Mick got back on that fast Honda of his, switched to a thumb-operated rear brake as his right foot didn't work any more, and then proceeded to dominate the world.

His legendary status was already confirmed then, but Mick went on to win an astonishing five consecutive 500cc World Championships from 1994-1998.

This was well before some cocky Italian bloke named Valentino Rossi arrived on the scene.

Mick Doohan in 2015. Pic: EPA/WU HONG
Mick Doohan in 2015. Pic: EPA/WU HONG

Mick dominated on bikes when they were harder to ride than an angry old bull and without many of the safety requirements they have today.

No one could beat Mick during his prime. It was pure domination by an Aussie in 500cc for almost six years.

It took another bad leg break to end Mick's career in 1999 after yet another horrible crash at a wet qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

His right leg was really buggered this time, so he had to call it quits finishing with 54 race wins - sixth on the all-time list.

Now Mick has a permanent limp and more metal in his body than his first race bike. And he needs his own lane at airport security so he doesn't set off alarms and hold up the queues.

But Mick Doohan's ability to fight back after such a devastating injury and dominate the world is worthy of legend status in our eyes. 

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