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12 October 2004
18/2004
Commemorative Issue

Australian Heroes of Grand Prix Racing

Australia
International grand prix motorcycle racing came to Australia in 1989, when the revamped Phillip Island circuit in Victoria first hosted a round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship. Australian great Wayne Gardner scored an emotional victory at his home GP and repeated the feat again a year later. From 1991-96 the Australian round of the world championship was held at Sydney

Mick Doohan (b.1965, Brisbane, Queensland)  

Mick Doohan (b.1965, Brisbane, Queensland)

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He is one of the sport

Wayne Gardner (b. 1959, Wollongong, New South Wales)  

Wayne Gardner (b. 1959, Wollongong, New South Wales)

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He is the only other Australian to win a 500cc Grand Prix world title which he won in 1987, also with Honda. Dubbed the

Troy Bayliss (b. 1969, Taree, New South Wales)  

Troy Bayliss (b. 1969, Taree, New South Wales)

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He made his name in superbike racing with the legendary Italian marque Ducati, winning the British Superbike Championship in 1999 and becoming world superbike champion in 2001. ln 2002 he became the tirst rider in world superbike history to win the first six races of the season, but narrowly missed his second title. Bayliss made his MotoGP debut with Ducati in 2003, scored three podiums and finished sixth in the championship.

Daryl Beattie (b.1970,Clarleville,Queensland)  

Daryl Beattie (b.1970,Clarleville,Queensland)

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He achieved world fame in 1993 when he won the German 500cc Grand Prix on a Honda. He went on to win another two GPs in 1995 riding for Suzuki and narrowly missed winning the championship, beaten only by countryman Doohan. The talented Beattie might have achieved a world title and more, but a series of injuries forced him into retirement in 1997 after five years on the world motorcycle racing scene.

Garry McCoy (b. 1972, Sydney New South Wales)  

Garry McCoy (b. 1972, Sydney New South Wales)

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He began his international grand prix career in the 125cc series, taking his first GP win in Malaysia in 1995 and another in front of a home crowd at Sydney

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 12 October 2004
Denomination .................... Five x 50c
Designer ........................ Symone Lambert, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp size....................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations..................... 13.85 x 14.6
Printer.......................... SNP Sprint
Paper............................ Tullis Russell/B100/B90
Printing process................. Lithography
Sheet layout..................... Modules of 50
National postmark ............... Cowes VIC 3922
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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