Born in Charleville, Queensland, Daryl Beattie’s introduction to motorbikes at just 10 years of age, came after he won a Suzuki 50 minibike from a popular children’s television show Agro’s Cartoon Connection.
This fateful incident set in motion a series of events that catapulted Daryl into an adrenalin adventure that boasted not only motorbikes but also helicopters, planes and hot air balloons.
Daryl rocketed to international motorcycle racing fame in 1993 when he won the 500cc German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and finished 3rd in his first full season of Grand Prix Racing.
Due to his modest and relaxed nature, Daryl became one of the most popular riders on the circuit and was one of the only riders to get close to Mick Doohan during his reign of supremacy.
In 1995, Daryl was leading the Championship until he broke his collarbone. He came back from the injury and the World title came down to the second last round in Argentina, Doohan came first and Daryl came second – and that was the finishing order of the 1995 World Championship.
In 1997, the combination of constantly putting his life on the line and regular serious injuries (including having all five toes on his left foot amputated) helped Daryl make the decision to retire.
Although 1995 was the highlight of Daryl’s career, he enjoyed six successful years competing in the 500cc World Championship and a career in motorbikes that spanned over 18 years.
While Daryl has been retired since 1997, he still maintains strong friendships with many of the top riders and mechanics in the Moto GP paddock.
Not content with just a bike license, Daryl also holds a commercial helicopter license, as well as a fixed wing, hot air balloon, paragliding and paramotor license.
While Daryl still provides expert commentary for Network Ten’s coverage of MotoGP, in 2013 Daryl combined his passion for the Australian outback with his passion for riding and Daryl Beattie Adventures was born.