Classic Racer

1994/95/96

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The years of Doohan domination now follow, thanks to Mick's insistence on changing the NSR500 back into his 1992 bike's specificat­ion, and then gradually refining it. Power is subservien­t to ridability, maintainin­g momentum in turns more important than straight line topend speed – though the Honda still has plenty of that.

Partly as a result of his leg injury, but also to help with drive out of a turn, Doohan adopts a thumb-operated rear brake, but rejects the efforts of HRC engineers to persuade him to adopt other innovation­s like semiactive suspension, anti-wheelie software for better starts, and water injection, to lower exhaust temperatur­e and reduce gas speed, aimed at improving power low down by as much as 10bhp at 8000rpm. Three world titles (1994/95/96) show Doohan's direction is correct.

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