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1996 Jerez 500GP - Spectacular Last Lap Video

1996 Jerez 500GP - Spectacular Last Lap Video

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Alex Criville vs Mick Doohan on the final lap of the 1996 Jerez 500GP. I watched this race on TV in '96 and its one I will never forget.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXMwWAH1Xig


The fans (they are historicly out of control at Jerez) storm the track on the last lap.

As always, Doohan keeps focus, despite passing literally within inches of of some of the fans at speeds that would surely have killed them both had he hit them, but Criville backs out of it for a moment surrendering the lead to Doohan. When he realizes what is happening, Alex grabs a big 'ole handful of throttle in a desperate attempt to regain the lead and proceeds to highside himself right out of the race.

Alex later berated his fellow countrymen in the press for spoiling the chance of his first ever 500GP win. Alex eventually became 500 GP World Champion in 1999. That same year, Mick Doohan crashed heavily at of all places Jerez, ending his career.


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Having walked the tightrope that is riding a 500cc MotoGP machine for so many years and recovered [well partially] from so many accidents, Jerez would be the track at which the tightrope finally broke. There would be no coming back from this one.

The crash occurred during first qualifying; Doohan ran wide at high speed and touched a slippery white line. His NSR's rear wheel promptly ‘spun up' and he was highsided at over 200 km/h.

Mick slammed into an unprotected area of Armco, breaking his wrist, collarbone, foot, hand, leg and ribs to name but the main injuries.

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1996 – Making a fight of it.

The European new boys finally stepped up their game in 1996 and Doohan now had a real fight on his hands. Luca Cadalora won the first race of the year, but Mick took pole and victory next time out at Indonesia.

However, the quiet Criville was now rising to the fore and – swept along on the Spanish patriotism – was eager to prove he could beat his esteemed team-mate at his home GP in Jerez.

Criville and Doohan battled spectacularly to the last lap, but then a track invasion and last corner crash by Criville handed Doohan an unpopular [in the local eyes] victory.

With Criville's confidence shaken, Doohan notched up another three victories in a row and was well in command of the title when he was surprisingly beaten by Criville at Austria. The dark eyed Spaniard finally claiming his first ever 500cc victory.

Although Doohan took the title – anything else would have been a shock – the latter part of the year was marred by 'tow truck' allegations directed towards Criville, who would follow until the last lap then attack.

Mick wanted a return to the 'straight' races of the past, Criville didn't care – it might not be pretty, but being 'towed' by Mick was his best chance of beating him. Just to add to the tension in the Honda camp, Criville rammed Doohan off at the last Grand Prix of the year.

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Criville was weak.


He rode the bike that Doohan developed, followed him around a bunch.

The only reason he won a world championship was Doohans exit of
the season due to injury.


Criville IMO could never have lead a team to build a bike capable
of winning a world chapmionship..... it was a gift.


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..... it was a gift.


- tell us how you really feel Tom.

Look, I know where you are coming from but, a gift?

I don't think these other 9 guys (not to mention the rest of the field) would agree. Alex won 6 races that year and collected 267 points. Doohan was beat in the first two rounds by Kenny.

2 Kenny Roberts, Jr. 10 United States Suzuki 220 4
3 Tadayuki Okada 8 Japan Repsol-Honda 211 3
4 Max Biaggi 2 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha 194 1
5 Sete Gibernau 15 Spain Repsol-Honda 165 0
6 Norifumi Abe 6 Japan Antena 3-Yamaha 136 1
7 Carlos Checa 4 Spain Marlboro-Yamaha 125 0
8 John Kocinski 19 United States Kanemoto-Honda 115 0
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Yup ..... a gift.


So I know you are a Moto GP follower / historian as I am.

Riddle me this then...

What if Doohan would have retired at the end of the previous season
leaving Criville to develop the bike from winter testing on..... who would
have won the championship that year ?


My guess would be KR JR.


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What if Doohan would have retired at the end of the previous season
leaving Criville to develop the bike from winter testing on..... who would
have won the championship that year ?

My guess would be KR JR.
That's a tricky question for many obvious reasons, but primarily because the NSR remianed virtually unchanged for 5 years. Doohan didn't allow any development to his bike.

I would still say it was Alex's time.

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You, me and Cerk should go out for beers sometime.

That would be an interesting conversation I think.


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You, me and Cerk should go out for beers sometime.

That would be an interesting conversation I think.


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Let's do it soon. Plus I think I am going to have a party for the final round at Valencia on 11/4, so hopefully you can make it.

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Correction! Alex Criville won his first 500GP in 1992 at Assen.
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Correct!

Nice. Rep sent.

1 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Mick Doohan Honda
2 Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Mick Doohan Honda
3 Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Mick Doohan Honda
4 Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Mick Doohan Honda
5 Italian Grand Prix Mugello Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
6 European Grand Prix Catalunya Wayne Rainey Yamaha
7 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Mick Doohan Honda
8 Dutch TT Assen Alex Criville Honda
9 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Eddie Lawson Cagiva
10 French Grand Prix Magny-Cours Wayne Rainey Yamaha
11 British Grand Prix Donington Wayne Gardner Honda
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Mick wanted a return to the 'straight' races of the past, Criville didn't care – it might not be pretty, but being 'towed' by Mick was his best chance of beating him. Just to add to the tension in the Honda camp, Criville rammed Doohan off at the last Grand Prix of the year.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...arch&plindex=9

Best Line Ever: Doohan to Criville, "You're perception of racing needs to be fine-tuned I think."


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Criville was weak.


He rode the bike that Doohan developed, followed him around a bunch.

The only reason he won a world championship was Doohans exit of
the season due to injury.


Criville IMO could never have lead a team to build a bike capable
of winning a world chapmionship..... it was a gift.


Tom
Yep, spot on Tom.

I remember watching that dickhead Criville all through that season.

He was the Max Biaggi of the 90's.

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He was the Max Biaggi of the 90's.
That's funny. I thought Max Biaggi was the Max Biaggi of the '90s ... you know while he was winning 4 250cc titles in a row in the '90s.

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I never paid attention to the 250s back then.

The racing in the 500s was just as good.

But yes, he did when a few titles I guess.

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...arch&plindex=9

Best Line Ever: Doohan to Criville, "You're perception of racing needs to be fine-tuned I think."

that was great, I never saw that before


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