MotoGP »

Rainey recalls 'favourite' Australian upset.

After seeing local hero Wayne Gardner take victory for the first two years of the Australian Grand Prix in 1989 and 1990 at Phillip Island, hopes were high for another home victory when the series switched to a new venue at Eastern Creek on the outskirts of Sydney in 1991.

Not only was Gardner still in his prime, but a new young star was emerging in the shape of Mick Doohan, taking the challenge to Yamaha's reigning World Champion Wayne Rainey.

Despite starting from pole position, Rainey was ranked by some locals as an outsider for victory at Eastern Creek - including the race organisers - yet he romped home with a 2.5secs advantage over Doohan, with his Yamaha colleague John Kocinski completing the podium in third place.

"Probably my favourite story about any of my trophies was the one I won at Eastern Creek in 1991," smiled Rainey. "They moved the race there after two years at Phillip Island, which had both been won by Wayne Gardner, and it seemed the race organisers thought an Australian would win again.

"The trophy was this incredible 1850s America's Cup-style thing, which was worth a fortune, but they had only insured it to stay in Australia! They obviously didn't count on me winning the race but on the Sunday night it was on its way back to the USA with me!"

Throughout his career Rainey experienced a love-hate relationship with Australian fans and riders alike, with Gardner and Doohan two of his fiercest rivals. However, the Californian insists that the mutual respect that always existed between them still lasts to this day.

"The Australians always got behind their grand prix riders and I really respected that. In fact, I was probably more popular myself in Australia than I was in the US because of the interest in motorcycle racing and the excellent coverage it was given on the television.

"They had some of the best tracks and the best fans in the world so it was always a great pleasure to race in Australia," concluded the triple world champion.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rainey, 1991
Mick Doohan (2nd), Wayne Rainey (1st) and John Kocinski (3rd), Australian 50cc GP 1991
Rainey, Australia 1991
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 Race 2014
Remy Gardner, Dakota Mamola, Moto3 race, San MArino MotoGP 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, San Marino Moto3 2014
Remy Gardner, Moto3, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Wayne Rainey, Bob Starr, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014.

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.