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Mick Doohan leads dedications to Barry Sheene

Mick Doohan leads dedications to Barry Sheene

Mick Doohan leads dedications to Barry Sheene

After the shocking death of Barry Sheene from cancer yesterday Australia´s five-times 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan has made the following statement:

´My thoughts are with Barry´s family. We knew he was ill, but it´s still very sad. Barry was a close friend. We had a lot of fun together and he also helped me a lot over the years with how I went about my racing.´

´I first met Barry in early 1988 at Sandown (in Melbourne) after he´d moved to Australia from Britain. At the time I was just starting out racing superbikes in Australia and Barry had a big influence in me getting into 500s later in the year.

Barry started talking to the Japanese factories, especially Suzuki who he´d raced for, and the media, about me being a young guy to keep an eye on for the future. He didn´t have to do that, and it was much appreciated.´

´We sparked up a friendship after that, and over the years we spent a great deal of time together, both in Australia and in Europe.´$$$

´Barry was a good guy to have a laugh with, and a real character; everyone he met could feel that straight away.´
´He was also a great motorcycle racer, and two 500 World Championships proves that. There were times when he gave me good advice about how to approach certain things with my racing. Barry´s popularity in Britain is amazing. He´s a household name there despite retiring almost 20 years ago. That´s because his talent, personality, and quick-wit won the hearts of the people.

The last time I saw him was two-and-a-half weeks ago. I spoke to him last Wednesday (March 5) before going to Melbourne for the (Australian Formula One) Grand Prix. While I was there everyone was asking me about Barry. I think that shows the high regards he was held in motorsport all over the world.

Barry left his mark as a motorcycle racer, but he was much more than that. He was a guy who put a smile on a lot of people´s faces. He´s going to be missed.´

MotoGP, 2003, Mick Doohan

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