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Doohan wins crash-strewn wet race at Suzuka in 92

Doohan wins crash-strewn wet race at Suzuka in 92

Doohan wins crash-strewn wet race at Suzuka in 92

Mick Doohan kicked-off his 1992 campaign with a dominant win at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. Wet weather had already hindered the qualifying practice and the riders took the start under steady rain, with Kevin Schwantz on pole position with the Suzuki.

The American made the most of his grid position to take an early lead, followed by his team-mate Doug Chandler. Doohan, who had started from fifth on the grid, quickly moved up the order and stalked the two Americans in the first part of the race.

On the second lap, reigning World Champion Wayne Rainey and Wayne Gardner were caught out by the tricky track conditions. The Australian was able to rejoin the race with his damaged NSR and tried to make up positions until he crashed a second time with four laps to go, sustaining a broken leg.

Once Doohan took the lead, he quickly pulled away ahead of the two Suzukis to take his fifth win in the premier class with an advantage of almost 30 seconds.

Amongst the riders who crashed out in the wet, there were a young Alex Crivillé, who was then making his debut season in the class, but also John Kocinski, who went out when he was trying to catch up with the leading trio.

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MotoGP, 2005

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