Bike Grand Prix 1991 - A highly charged three-way battle for the title dominated the 1991 500cc World Championship as established stars Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz renewed their on-track rivalry – joined by new challenger Mick Doohan.
The trio took charge of the 15-race ’91 season from Japan’s opening round. Reigning champion Rainey quickly exerted his authority with two masterful early-season victories, but Doohan was soon using the stunning straightline speed of the Rothmans Honda to outpace his rivals and burst the title race wide open.
Tyre troubles became a major factor in deciding the title outcome. Australian Doohan received an unexpected boost in Italy when Rainey was forced to pit for new rubber, but as the season reached the halfway point he was left struggling for grip at round after round. The tyre woes saw a resurgent Schwantz force his way back into the title fight with a late season charge, but it was too little, too late for the Texan to mount a real challenge to the dominant duo.
Despite Doohan’s outright pace and Schwantz’s fighting spirit, nothing could stop Californian Rainey securing his second successive championship title with a round to spare.
Four times champion Eddie Lawson’s brilliance allowed him to produce some flashes of inspired riding following his shock move to the struggling Cagiva team, and reigning 250cc World Champion John Kocinski finished a tough year on a high with his first pole position and first victory in the final two races of the season.
This 100-minute review puts you at the centre of the action in a heart-stopping season of stunning racing, with on-board footage and interviews with the leading riders gives you the whole story.