GETAWAY - Channel Nine
Mick Doohan, "the Thunder From Down Under", five-time MotoGP world champion, is regarded as one of the best motorcycle racers the world has ever seen. He began riding when he was nine and began competing in off-road events. He was runner-up in the Queensland 10-12-year-old championship and made his racing debut in 1984 on a Yamaha RZ350.
Mick won the MotoGP world championship title for the first time when he won the 11th round of the 1994 series, the Czech Grand Prix at Brno. His victory left him with an unbeatable lead of 87 points with three races remaining. He went on to win the next four years in a row. An accident in Jerez, Spain at 200mph caused Mick to sustain a broken leg, shoulder and wrist, and he carries plates and screws in his body as a result of corrective surgery.
The Mick Doohan Motocoaster was launched at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in September, and as Mick is a real fan of the amusement park, he was keen to get people interested and involved in his industry. He lives not far away from Dreamworld, so it's a perfect location for a ride with his name on it.
The ride has two trains of 16 custom-made motorbikes. The last two are fitted with purpose-built sidecars for children. The track is 605 metres long and has 18 banks, bends and turns placing emphasis on high-speed corners, last-minute braking and plenty of open throttle. Take-off is fast — just like the real thing. Bikes launch from the starting line in excess of 20 metres a second and reach speeds of just over 72 kph.
Unlike regular rollercoasters where riders have a safety bar at the front, the bikes have a safety bar across the lower back so riders are hunched over, just the same as real riders. Motocoaster is built low to the ground to increase speed and movement and simulate high speed bike racing.
There is a Hall of Fame with memorabilia and a Pit Shop with plenty of tempting merchandise and a Honda racing bike for photographs.
Queensland's Gold Coast.
For more information on
Mick Doohan Motocoaster
Coomera Qld -
Ph: (07) 5588 1111 ::
Toll free: 1800 073 300 :: www.dreamworld.com.au
SOURCE | Getaway on Nine - Thursday, November 8, 2007