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Doohan: "Schwantz stopped too early"

Doohan: 'Schwantz stopped too early'

Doohan: "Schwantz stopped too early"

Mick Doohan revealed his admiration for Kevin Schwantz during a special press conference at Catalunya last Saturday and added that he thought the American retired from the sport too early. Schwantz called time on a glittering career in 1995 after a series of injuries, with Doohan winning the second of five straight world titles that year and going on to dominate the premier-class of motorcycle racing.

"When I joined I thought that what these guys were doing was impossible," Doohan commented on the talents of Schwantz and fellow World Champion Wayne Rainey.

"I thought that every corner they went into they weren't going to come out of – especially Kevin. He was amazing to watch. You know, Wayne… the consistency and speed he had was amazing but Kevin had some outright speed that would just blow you away and I think he stopped a bit too early."

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MotoGP, 2004, Mick Doohan

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