| Australian|| Daryl Beattie|
| 26 September 1970 (age 45)
Charleville, Queensland, Australia (1970-09-26) |
Mick Doohan, Luca Cadalora, Wayne Gardner, Greg Rust, John Kocinski
Daryl Beattie Wikipedia
Daryl Beattie (born 26 September 1970 in Charleville, Queensland, Australia) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.
Beattie posted several good results at the beginning of the 1992 500cc Grand Prix season then teamed up with Wayne Gardner to win the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan. His performance earned him a place on the Honda factory team alongside fellow Australian Mick Doohan for the 1993 season. He won his first Grand Prix that year at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring and finished the season in a promising third place behind Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey. After the season, he was inexplicably released by the Honda team.
Beattie had a lackluster season in 1994 on a Team Roberts Marlboro Yamaha. During the 1994 season at the French Le Mans circuit, he crashed and lost all the toes from one foot after his foot was caught between the chain and rear sprocket. He had his best year in 1995 with the Suzuki factory team, leading the championship for the first part of the season before his crash at Assen allowed Doohan to win the championship with Beattie finishing in second, 33 points behind Doohan.
Beattie's career took a blow in 1996 when he crashed in pre-season testing and suffered serious head injuries. He returned only to suffer another crash at the fourth race of the season in Spain. He then crashed again at the sixth round in France. He struggled through the 1997 season but never regained his previous form and announced his retirement from competitive racing at the end of the season.
In 2002 he took up V8 Supercar racing in Imrie Motor Sport's Holden VX Commodore VX at the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000. He placed 25th at Queensland Raceway and did not finish at Bathurst.
In retirement Beattie took up a role as a specialist commentator with Network Ten on broadcasts of motorcycle racing. He was subsequently added to the presenters on RPM. Beattie now works as a commentator on Network Ten's partially sports themed channel One. As of 2014 he is the co-host of Ten's Formula One coverage alongside Greg Rust and expert F1 commentator, 1980 World Champion Alan Jones.
In 2015 in an interview on The Project he commented on the 1994 Le Mans motorcycle accident where he lost the toes of his left foot in the motorcycle chain.
Points system from 1988 to 1992
Points system from 1993
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)