|"I kind of feel that it was Hockenheim that caused it to happen, I know that's all Wayne was thinking about, that he wasn't going to let me do the same thing I'd done to him in Germany. I think had he taken a quick glance over his shoulder anywhere round that last lap he would have realised it wasn't down to an outbraking manoeuvre at the chicane, he had me beat."|
It was back to problems at Paul Ricard and the ignominy of being beaten out of third place by Lawson on the Cagiva. Thankfully the following round was at Donington and Kevin found his usual form there and scored another win after the usual full length tussel with Wayne As he commented at the time it was hard work all the way. "It seems like through the middle of the corner onto the front straightaway I'd get out right with him and then Wayne's bike just grabs an extra 400 or maybe 500 revs in each gear."
"I was doing everything I could. I tried spinin' it I tried being easy with it, I was flat out head down, on the tank the whole race just hopin' that something good was goin' to happen. There was a couple of times that Wayne got over a second and a half in front of me, I got caught by a few backmarkers. I probably could have backed off and said, 'to hell with it, I'm going to finish second.' I kept trying and he got caught by a backmarker here and there. You've just got to keep on trying.... never say die."
The points he made back on Rainey there he lost at Mugello when the engine lost power and he had to finish second, Rainey's championship lead stood at thirty two points with three races to go and sixty points at stake. Hopes of the title just about evaporated at Brno where Rainey won and Kevin had awful front end chatter.
A good win at Le Mans after a great battle, this time with Doohan, was not enough to keep the championship hopes alive as Rainey was third. The year had not finished with Kevin though. The final round in Malaysia helped to do him out of the '92 World title as well.
Neither Wayne or Kevin made the race, both were on their way home after practice crashes, Wayne with a broken leg and Kevin a smashed hand that needed six pins.
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