Best MotoGP riders of the 1990’s
12 april 2022 

Best MotoGP riders of the 1990’s

As I mentioned previously, me and my friends agreed that appointing the very best rider depends on the period that we’re talking about. This of course is also caused by the technological developments of the machines they were riding during the past 30 or 40 years. Previously I wrote about the best MotoGP riders from 1980’s. Below I give you three names of great riders in the 1990’s. 

Wayne Rainy

Wayne was a rider for Yamaha, from 1990 to 1992 and hit his stride earning three consecutive 500cc crowns. He and Kevin Schwantz were involved in a hard-fought campaign in 1993, while seeking his fourth-consecutive title. Wayne lead the championship by a margin of 11 points when he suffered a very serious crash at the Italian Grand Prix. He slid into the gravel trap at high speed and broke his spine against the raked surface, which was designed as a safety feature for car races. His injuries paralyzed him permanently, from the chest down. Kevin Schwantz by the way won the title that year.

Mick Doohan

Mick struggled in 1993 with an injurie of his leg and the ability to race the Honda at elite level.

Later he stated that it was all he could do to just keep his ride at Honda. In that period he switched to a left thumb-operated rear brake, as his right foot was no longer able to perform this function. In 1994 he won his first World Championship and until 1998 he dominated the 500 cc class, winning five consecutive World Championships. The year 1997 was his most successful year, as he won 12 out of 15 races and finished second in another two. He crashed out of the final race of the season at his home GP while leading by more than six seconds. 

Mick was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the motorsport.

Àlex Crivillé

Alex was a Spanish teammate of Mick Doohan. When Mick crashed, Alex immediately took the opportunity to set pole on Saturday. The day after, on Sunday, he battled with Max Biaggi for the fastest lap and took his first victory of the year by just 0.157 seconds in only his third race of the season.

Alex finished first in the championship with 267 points, 47 points ahead of Kenny Roberts Jr. and 56 points ahead of teammate Tadayuki Okada. He took six wins and clinched his first and only 500cc World Championship title and second overall championship at the penultimate race of the season in Rio, finishing in sixth place.

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