Gosling helped share the moment Criville beat Doohan in 1996
Barry had a slightly higher opinion of himself than perhaps he should. As soon as better riders came along, like Pat Hennen, Barry came up with the ‘Pay peanuts, you get monkeys’ thing, then developed this mysterious virus that was, frankly, only because he couldn’t hold a candle to the guys coming through. And in particular to Roberts. He came from America, had never seen the tracks before, and won first time out. GH: I can’t answer because I still have a job to do!
Who’s the nicest rider to work with? DM: Eddie Lawson. The press had it in for him. When he came over at the start of his career he was a lovely guy. But he soon got pissed off with some idiot journalists knocking on his door and asking stupid questions just before he was about to race. He just shut himself off to it. Underneath he was a lovely guy. But something I’ve noticed is that becoming successful can change a rider. PG: Absolutely – everyone has latent arsehole in them. Back in my day, when the privateers were around it was better: Jeremy Mcwilliams; lovely guy. Neil Hodgson; lovely guy. Shaun Emmett was brilliant fun. But the nicest guy was Mick Doohan. I had a really good relationship with him. I found him approachable – but, interestingly, that was partly because I became friends with his parents. And it was the same with Schwantz – I’m better friends with Jim and Shirley than I am with Kevin. That wasn’t a conscious, calculated thing; it just happened like that because I was always hanging around... but it gave me a better way in to the rider. GH: It’s gotta be Eugene Laverty. He’s just a really nice, down-to-earth guy. Probably too nice; he needs a bit more latent arsehole. But of the top riders,