Whether you’re a MotoGP junkie looking to swot up on some history, or a longtime fan after a reminder of the ‘good old days’, this is a cracker. I fit into the former bracket, and BJ the latter, so he was bouncing up and down to get me to watch it.
It’s good viewing, though to be honest the racing isn’t very intense and the field usually gets spread out quickly. There are plenty of reminders about the savage nature of the bikes. Every top rider get flicked off at some point, including Pier-Francesco Chili while flat-out in top at the fearsome Salzburgring, where BJ did the recent Hayabusa launch.
The real highlights for me are Doohan’s first ever win, Rainey’s class, Schwantz’ sporadic speed, and the Misano dice between those great names and Gardner and Lawson too. Best of all was witnessing Niall MacKenzie’s most successful 500GP season, finishing fourth despite only joining at the third round as a replacement for injured Kevin Magee on the Lucky Strike Suzuki.
Duke have now transfered all of their back catalogue to DVD, so get stuck in.