The 1994 500cc World Championship heralded a new era for
motorcycle racing’s premier series – the beginning of Doohan domination. This
action-packed Official Review charts the full story of a gripping and historic
year which saw records broken and a new hero crowned Grand Prix World Champion.
Reigning champion Kevin Schwantz started the season nursing
a broken arm, putting the Lucky Strike Suzuki star’s title defence on a back
foot from which it would never recover. It was also a tough start to the season
for Mick Doohan, who was unhappy with his new NSR Honda. However, the
Australian would soon hit a devastating race-winning form which would leave the
rest of the Grand Prix field in his wake.
Doohan took a staggering six wins in a row, his dominance
only finally being broken by the dogged determination of Schwantz, who - trailing
by more than 70 points, suffering a shocking 120mph practice crash and still
recovering from yet another arm-breaking smash - refused to give up on his
championship hopes. However, nothing, not even Schwantz’s brilliance, could
deny Doohan his first World Championship.
This Official Review is loaded with action-packed footage
charting all 14 rounds of the season, delivering the full story of Doohan’s
march to the title and into the record books. Along the way we share the
torment of Team Roberts, enjoy thrill rides like the Spanish and British GPs
and witness the arrival of a new generation of stars – including Luca Cadalora,
Alberto Puig and the spectacular Norifumi Abe.
In addition to the most amazing footage, including plenty
from on board the 500cc machines, the review includes interviews with the
stars, circuit guides for every round – many delivered by Schwantz – and catch
up with the legend Wayne Rainey as he returns to the track in a new role
following his career-ending crash. Three-times World Champion Rainey also
delivers his assessment of the season after the vital third and eighth rounds.
“In a great collection of DVDs, covering one of the most exciting periods in Grand Prix history, Duke Video have captured the evolution of top flight racing, from Eddie Lawson’s final fling through to Valentino Rossi’s rise to dominance. Action-packed footage, interviews with the stars and round-by-round coverage delivers the most comprehensive reviews of a decade of red hot Grand Prix racing. It is easy to forget the highs of Grand Prix; the Doohan years, when the Australian seemed unbeatable, and the lows, like Wayne Rainey’s career-ending crash, but they are all here in hour upon hour of great memories. And you will be reminded of the forgotten heroes of the period too, such as Alex Criville, who shared the podium with Doohan on 10 occasions in 11 races during the 1996 season, pushing him all the way for the title” Classic Racer