Sch­wantz’s crown­ing glory

1994 Suzuki RGV500 XR84 Rider: Kevin Sch­wantz 500cc GP cham­pi­onship po­si­tion: 4th

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Sch­wantz had never man­aged to put a con­sis­tent sea­son to­gether un­til 1993 when he fi­nally won the 500cc World Cham­pi­onship. Rainey had al­ways been the stronger of the two ri­vals over a year, so it was the cru­ellest irony that the Cal­i­for­nian’s life-chang­ing crash at Misano ef­fec­tively handed Sch­wantz the ti­tle. With­out his most fierce spar­ring part­ner, Sch­wantz was never the same again and Mick Doohan went on to dom­i­nate 500s for the rest of the decade.

This 1994 RGV500 should be wear­ing that num­ber one plate, but it wears the num­ber 34 from when Sch­wantz rode it at a clas­sic fes­ti­val ear­lier in the year.

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