Schwantz v Rainey
Donington Park, 1991
The Kevin Schwantz versus Wayne Rainey rivalry was the jewel in the crown of one of GP racing’s golden era, from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
The pair first took a dislike to each other on the US Superbike scene. And in 1988 they brought their mutual hostility to Europe, where they spent six seasons duking it out on 500 GP bikes.
The Texan and the Californian hated each other like school kids hate each other: truly, madly, deeply. And rarely more so than at Donington Park in 1991, where Schwantz outfoxed Rainey with a typically audacious around-the-outside move at the Melbourne Loop. On the podium, Rainey was so angry he hardly knew what to do with himself. At the same time Schwantz’s face was joyful; this victory would keep him grinning for weeks. Third-place finisher Mick Doohan stayed well out of it.
The look on Rainey’s face tells you all you need to know about the Donington GP