The 1999 500cc World Championship produced one of the most sensational seasons of motorcycle racing ever, a fitting finale to the century. A field packed with hard-charging riders and renewed competitiveness from Suzuki and Yamaha ensured all the ingredients were in place for a classic year.
Hondas Mick Doohan, hunting a sixth World Championship in a row, started as favourite, but his hopes were hit first by an uncompetitive machine and then by an horrific practice crash which ended his season before it really began. Doohans absence could have ruined the season, but inspirational rides from the young pretenders to the Australian legends crown ensured 1999 would be an edge-of the-seat thrill ride to the bitter end.
Kenny Roberts Junior was first to lead the title race, taking his Suzuki to back-to-back victories, but spectacular performances by Alex Criville, Max Biaggi, Tadayuki Okada and John Kocinski ensured the championship battle would remain wide open. From the awesome battle in Italy to the Catalunya round decided by just 0.061 seconds and from the barrier-burning crash at the Czech Republic to the Australian race where the top three were split by just 0.124 seconds the 1999 season was action all the way.
Crashes and tyre problems played major roles in the outcome of the championship fight. Even Criville, the first to establish a healthy lead in the title race, saw his hopes threatened by injury. He would recover to become Spains first 500cc World Champion but only after the fight of his life.
This Official Review delivers thrilling action from all 16 rounds of the season. The best footage, including plenty from on-board the bikes, is combined with interviews and informed commentary from Julian Ryder and Keith Huewen to provide a comprehensive record of a scintillating season.