Sch­wantz v Rainey

Don­ing­ton Park, 1991

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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

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