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Doohan gives verdict on new Australian generation

Doohan gives verdict on new Australian generation

Always a welcome face at Phillip Island, five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan was treated to a warm reception amidst the cold of Phillip Island when he attended an autograph signing session yesterday afternoon.

Always a welcome face at Phillip Island, five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan was treated to a warm reception amidst the cold of Phillip Island when he attended an autograph signing session yesterday afternoon. The local legend assessed new MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner's performances this season, and also gave his own particular analysis of the Australian weather.

"I don't remember it being so cold here!" exclaimed Doohan. "I hope that things improve over the weekend. Its like what Barry Sheene used to say: ‘Welcome to Phillip Island –the home of hypothermia!"

Asked if he had a particularly fond memory of Phillip Island, the legendary Australian looked back to 1998. "Of course, winning here continues to be the big one. I took my fifth world title, and it was one of the most intense moments of my career. I'd missed out on winning here on a number of occasions before, so to be able to finally take the win made me very happy."

"The most special thing about this place is the atmosphere, and this year it should be even more special with the new Australian champion to cheer on," continued the national hero, before running the rule over the new generation of Antipodean stars.

"It's difficult to find fault with Stoner at the moment. He is on the pace and should do well this weekend. West is learning on the Kawasaki and Vermeulen is in a similar situation. The three of them are great riders, but at the moment Stoner is the man to beat."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Mick Doohan

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