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Classic Duels: 1991 Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix

Submitted by on December 19, 2014

1991 Japanese Grand Prix

The final laps of the 1991 Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at Suzuka were unforgettable. Hang on as Michael Doohan, John Kocinski, Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz duke it out for honours in a spectacular finish.

Wayne Rainey dominated the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season and wrapped up the championship early with seven wins and a huge championship lead to his name. However, if you looked a little further down the championship order, some exciting stuff was brewing.

Mick Doohan won his first Grand Prix at the Hungaroring and was really coming on song. Kevin Schwantz was also putting in some scintillating rides, spending most of his time on the podium and claiming five wins, if lacking a little in consistency!

This set us up for a brilliant 1991 season as the three riders developed an exciting rivalry. This would be expressed beautifully when the three riders were joined by John Kocinski for an out-and-out sprint to the line of the opening round of the season at Suzuka.

We pick up the action for the last lap, with Kevin Schwartz leading the other three riders and nobody giving an inch. Enjoy.

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