This week in 1994: Some year!
This would be the year of Doohan and Foggy as both lifted their first world titles in scintillating style
Edvard Munch’s angsty Scream painting had just been nicked from a museum in Oslo but motorcyclists had better things to scream about as Carl Fogarty was about to begin his domination of World Superbikes on the wonderful Ducati 916.
Mick Doohan, meanwhile, was recovering from a badly broken leg and was fighting to be fit for the New Year. He’d finished fourth in the 1993 World 500 GP championship but had yet to win his first title. He was ready for testing and the start of the season and 1994 would be the year he comfortably lifted the crown. The Aussie went on to win four more 500GP titles and these days has his own airline among other interests.
Sportsbikes very much ruled the UK roads and a battle was raging between the 750s and 900s. Yamaha’s YZF750, Suzuki’s GSX-R750 and Kawasaki’s ZXR750 were squaring up to Ducati’s 916 and Honda had set the cat amongst the pigeons a couple of years previously with the CBR900RR Fireblade. But Kawasaki already had its ZX-9R and the 750 would soon start to struggle as we fell in love with more cubes.
‘Doohan was recovering from a badly broken leg and was fighting to be fit for the New Year’