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
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