Bike SA|May 2020
Briggs accepted, and this how this Australian joined Honda HRC and the following year became Mick Doohan’s mechanic. Together they won five titles in a row (1994-1998), before the Australian ace injured himself. Briggs recalls; “He rode at the best when he was aggressive or almost a bit angry. Sometimes, just before lining up on the grid, he was picking up a fight with one of the mechanics to feed his motivation.
“Mick Doohan was the most visibly intense rider I have worked for,” Briggs states. “like a fighter, he was getting angry before a fight. His facial expressions were an open book of his burning desire to win.” When Rossi joined Honda in the year 2000, Briggs discovered other qualities that make a champion so unique.
“Valentino shared with Doohan the same burning desire to win, but his approach to racing was the opposite. Valentino is faster when he is happy. He likes to joke on the grid. It can be anything, a joke about an umbrella girl, the grid position, or the first corner. How you see him in interviews and at the races is very close to how he is generally. Very, very funny. He is light-hearted and focused at the same time.”
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