Three Zeros – Talk about Rossi and Doohan means speaking of two true legends of motorcycling. The Australian, among his many accomplishments, he has one that remains unreachable for any mortal. No driver has won the title in MotoGP with 3 or more races without getting to the finish line. No one except him.
Mick did it in 1998. Year of his fifth and last title in 500cc. Doohan had three zeros in the standings that year. In the opening round in Japan, in the circuit of Jarama, in Madrid, and in the circuit of Brno, in the Czech Republic. The Australian champion won thanks to 8 victories, the last 4 consecutive, which enabled him to beat Max Biaggi and become the world champion.
Three Zeros, Doohan won the 1998 World Championship
Doohan is the mirror in which Valentino Rossi must see this year. The Italian champion already has three zeros. With the fall of Austin, the engine failure at Mugello and Assen slide while leading the race. On the positive side, two convincing victories at Jerez and Catalunya. The last zero of Doohan was in Brno, when there were only 4 races to finish. Fortunately, the Italian champion has more races ahead to change his mistakes until the end of the season. Rossi is a great champion and he is able to do what Doohan did almost a decade ago.
This year’s MotoGP World Championship will be more balanced than ever with Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi who was fighting for the title. After the eighth race the Spanish of Honda is the leader with 24 points ahead of his compatriot and 42 against the Doctor. The nine-time world champion is very strong on the track. Probably more than last year. He has already two races and he plays for the victory in every race. However, he also made some mistakes too. According to the team principal HRC Livio Suppo and test rider for Ducati Casey Stoner, Vale can win the 2016 World Title.