HE WASN’T BAD IN HIS GP DAYS EITHER!
Van den Goorbergh’s world championship racing career spanned 15 years racing in 250GP, 500GPS, Motogp plus a two-year stint in World Supersport. These are his personal highlights:
Assen 2000 – 13th to 1st in one lap on a TSR Honda V-twin
“The track was half wet and half dry. I started in 13th and by the end of the fifirst lap I was in the lead. The crowd were going crazy. But the track dried and I could not stay there – it’s a shame the rain stayed away that day!”
Barcelona and Brno 1999 – pole position on the MUZ 500
“The bike was very fast and these laps were not impossible, but they were only just possible! I was on the very edge at a time when there was no traction control. The other riders could not believe what I was doing.”
China 2005 – 6th on the Konica Minolta Honda RCV
“The craziest bike I ever rode. I was a replacement for Tamada who was injured, and the fifirst time I leftft the pits on it, the hit was unlike anything I’d ever ridden. It went from zero to 200mph just like that, but it had no traction control. I rode that bike to sixth in the rain in China fifirst time out.”