Five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan has confirmed he will be visiting the Isle of Man for the 2011 TT Races.
The Australian will be the starter for the Monster Energy SuperSport 2 race and will also present the trophies for the PokerStars Senior TT.
Doohan has spoken of his excitement at attending the world-famous event.
“I’m really looking forward to visiting the Isle of Man and seeing a race or two. I’m a massive fan of all bike sport and the TT Races has a huge pedigree and is obviously world famous so I want to go and see what all the fuss is about. I have a great respect for what those guys do there – I’ve seen some YouTube footage and its looks mad. I’m sure when I’m sitting in someone’s front garden with a beer or a cup of nice English tea it will look even madder”
On Wednesday 8th June, he will also join five-time TT Champion Ian Hutchinson in completing an Arai parade lap on a Honda Fireblade, and Doohan can't wait to get back on track.
“I’ve had a great relationship with Arai over the years and they are pretty involved as an Official Helmet partner so it will be great to dust down the leathers and get a lap of the famous Mountain Course as well as having the chance to meet some fans.”
Doohan dominated 500cc motorcycle racing in the mid-nineties, taking five consecutive titles from 1994-1998, and Paul Phillips, the TT and Motorsport Manager for Isle of Man Government believes his appearance is a major boost for the event.
“This visit is a real coup for the TT organisation as Mick is truly one of the greatest and most flamboyant motorcycle riders of all time. His visit will really boost the profile of the event and generate even more media coverage and I’m sure that TT fans will enjoy meeting this Australian legend“.
The 2011 Isle of Man TT event will get underway on Monday 30th May with the Dainese Superbikes getting the racing underway, on June 4th.