When I heard that four times Motogp World Champion Mick Doohan was going to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed I made it my mission to finally meet him after 20 years of his retirement from the sport. We'd already booked tickets for the event with our friends and it was going to be a weekend-long event for us. I knew bikes would be there, as cars isn't really my thing, but as Motogp and World Superbikes fell on the same weekend I knew that suprise guests from the motorcycling world would be fewer than previous years. Nevertheless I was looking forward to the motoring extravaganza. The weather was hot and sunny and perfect to see some track action. We mingled among ex-racers and their F1 cars, as well as supercars, Nascars, rally cars and of course, motorbikes. The bikes were due on track at 3pm so I made it my mission to wait for Mick to make an appearance to get his bike - a Honda NSR500 (of course) decked in Rothmans Honda colours. I must've waited an hour, but it was worth it as he waddled over in his leathers on his bad leg, to collect his trusty Honda. I stopped him and asked for a photo, which he duly obliged and off he went. I was ecstatic! The fun didn't end there. As we made our way to the start line all the bikes were lined up waiting to go off up the course and were delayed. I saw James Toseland, World Superbike champion, at the back of the grid and the gate was open, so, camera in hand, I slipped in and asked James for a selfie. He too was obliging, and we stood chatting for 15 mins or so about wrist injuries, bikes, speed skating and general chit chat. Steve Parrish joined in and told me he thought I looked like Suzi Perry. It's not the first time I've been told that! Anyway, we mooched up the starting line and I met Casey Stoner, MotoGP world champion, and Gino Rea where we sat on straw bales having a good old natter. Soon enough they all put their helmets on, started their bikes and off they went up the track. I never actually saw them riding the track but for me, the whole experience was amazing and one I'll never forget. A few of my images are up in the Motorsport gallery and all are on my facebook Rock Click page. Thank you Goodwood!
19th July 2019