This week in MCN... in 1995

Just 27 bikes fin­ished the Dakar, Hodg­son pre­pares to take on Doohan and Eric Can­tona puts the boot in

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Stephane Peterhansel had just won his fourth Dakar Rally, only to ex­claim: “It was pretty easy, re­ally!” The in­cred­i­ble French­man went on to win two more mo­tor­cy­cle Dakars but has since turned his hand to cars and won another five ti­tles on four wheels. He has been fight­ing for vic­tory in this year’s car cat­e­gory, too, and is by far the most suc­cess­ful Dakar racer ever.

Other sports­men were also kick­ing up a fuss. Eric Can­tona no­to­ri­ously karate kicked a fan dur­ing an ill-tem­pered Manch­ester United

game against Crys­tal Palace and Carl Fog­a­rty was gear­ing up to de­fend his World Su­per­bike ti­tle. He’d go on to take 13 race wins and thrash near­est ri­val Troy Corser by a whop­ping 139 points.

Mick Doohan took his sec­ond 500GP ti­tle on his way to a fiveyear dom­i­na­tion of the class and 1995 would also be the sea­son Neil Hodg­son plugged away on the ROC Yamaha to take 11th in the se­ries with a hand­ful of top 10 fin­ishes. This was also the year of the big Ban­dit and the war of the meaty mus­cle­bikes.

‘It wasn’t that dif­fi­cult – a bit like a round of the world en­durance cham­pi­onship. I loved all of it’ DAKAR KING STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

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