Michael Doohan AM was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009 as an Athlete Member for his contribution to the sport of motorcycle racing.
Few people have dominated a sport internationally as comprehensively as Doohan dominated 500cc motor cycle racing in the 1990’s wen he won 54 Grands Prix.
He was world campion for five consecutive years between 1994 – 1998 and set records for the most Grand Prix wins in a season (12) and the most Grand Prix points won in a season (340), he also secured a record 12 consecutive pole positions at Grand Prix meetings in 1997.
Doohan made his debut on the international 500cc circuit at Suzuka Japan in 1989 and a few months later achieved the first of his 95 podium finishes with a third placing at Hockenheim, Germany. The following year he rode his Honda (the brand with which he had such a long and successful association) to victory at Hungoraring, Hungary, to notch up the first of his 54 career victories.
He finished third in the world championships that year, second the following two years and fourth in 1993 before beginning his spectacular five year run as world number one.
In 1997 he totally dominated the sport, winning a world record 12 Grand Prix events in a season.
He retired at the end of the 1999 season.