1987 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1987 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1987 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 39th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Wayne Gardner became Australia's first-ever 500cc World Champion in a season that saw him score points in every Grand Prix.[1] Randy Mamola would finish second yet again, one point ahead of Eddie Lawson despite Lawson's five victories.[1] The first Japanese Grand Prix in 20 years was held at the Suzuka Circuit. Along with rounds in Brazil and Argentina, the championship was becoming a real world championship.[1]

Venezuelan Carlos Lavado's defense of his 250 crown was spoiled by injuries sustained in a pre-season crash.[1] Anton Mang stepped up to claim his fifth world championship ahead of four other Hondas.[1] A new brand would announce its arrival in the 250 class when an Aprilia ridden by Loris Reggiani won the San Marino Grand Prix.[1] Garelli's Fausto Gresini won ten out of eleven races in the 125 class, but ruined his bid for a perfect season when he crashed at the last round in Jarama.[2] Spain's Jorge Martinez won the 80cc crown for the second consecutive year.[3]

The Portuguese round was held in Jarama, Spain because the Portuguese Federation had transferred their rights to the Jarama organisers.[1] 1987 would be the first year that saw clutch starts replace push starts on the grounds of safety.[1] The FIM also announced that the 80cc class would be discontinued after 1989 and that the 125 class would be restricted to single cylinder machines.[1]

The last round was in Argentina, which had not hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1982. But appalling organization of the event saw the race nearly boycotted by the riders and their teams, and the race turned out to be a farcical embarrassment for the organizers. The safety of the Autodromo Buenos Aires (which was an arena-type circuit that was comparably easy to make safe, compared to other circuits) was totally unsuitable for racing; the organization of this Grand Prix was so bad that spectators had easy access to the circuit while the races were going on. The Argentine Grand Prix did not return until 1994.[4]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Race Location 80cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Masaru Kobayashi United States Randy Mamola Report
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Martin Wimmer Australia Wayne Gardner Report
3 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim Germany Gerhard Waibel Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang United States Eddie Lawson Report
4 Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang Australia Wayne Gardner Report
5 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang Australia Wayne Gardner Report
6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Rijeka Spain Jorge Martínez Venezuela Carlos Lavado Australia Wayne Gardner Report
7 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang United States Eddie Lawson Report
8 France French Grand Prix Le Mans Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Reinhold Roth United States Randy Mamola Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang United States Eddie Lawson Report
10 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang Australia Wayne Gardner Report
11 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Anton Mang Australia Wayne Gardner Report
12 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Misano Spain Manuel Herreros Italy Fausto Gresini Italy Loris Reggiani United States Randy Mamola Report
13 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix Jarama Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Paolo Casoli Germany Anton Mang United States Eddie Lawson Report
14 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Goiania France Dominique Sarron Australia Wayne Gardner Report
15 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Spain Sito Pons United States Eddie Lawson Report

Final standings[edit]

500cc standings[5][6][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins Poles F.Laps
1 Australia Wayne Gardner 2 Australia Rothmans-Honda NSR500 178 7 10 8
2 United States Randy Mamola 3 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 158 3 1 3
3 United States Eddie Lawson 1 United States Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 157 5 2 1
4 United Kingdom Ron Haslam 9 United Kingdom Elf-Honda Elf4-NSR500 72 0 0 0
5 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie 11 United Kingdom HB-Honda NSR500 61 0 1 0
6 Japan Tadahiko Taira 21 Japan Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 56 0 0 1
7 France Christian Sarron 6 France Team Sonauto-Gauloises YZR500 52 0 1 0
8 Italy Pier-Francesco Chili 10 Italy HB-Honda NS500 47 0 0 0
9 Japan Shunji Yatsushiro 16 Japan Rothmans-Honda NSR500 40 0 0 0
10 United Kingdom Rob McElnea 5 United Kingdom Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 39 0 0 0
11 United Kingdom Roger Burnett 12 United Kingdom Rothmans-Honda NSR500 25 0 0 0
12 Belgium Didier de Radiguès 7 Belgium Team Cagiva-Alstare GP500 21 0 0 1
13 France Raymond Roche 8 France Team Cagiva-Alstare GP500 15 0 0 0
14 United Kingdom Kenny Irons 18 United Kingdom Heron-Suzuki RGB500 12 0 0 0
15 Australia Kevin Magee 40 Australia Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 11 0 0 0
16 United States Kevin Schwantz 34 United States Heron-Suzuki RGB500 11 0 0 0
17 Japan Takumi Ito[7] 32 Japan Suzuki-Japan RGB500 10 0 0 0
18 United States Mike Baldwin 4 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 6 0 0 0
19 West Germany Gustav Reiner 14 West Germany Hein Gericke Racing RS500/NS500 5 0 0 0
20 United States Freddie Spencer 19 United States HRC-Honda NSR500 4 0 0 0
21 Japan Hiroyuki Kawasaki Japan Yamaha-Japan YZR500 4 0 0 0
22 New Zealand Richard Scott[8] 57/33 New Zealand Honda-Britain / Team Lucky Strike-Roberts RS500/NS500/YZR500 3 0 0 0
23 Japan Shinjii Katayama Japan Yamaha-Japan YZR500 2 0 0 0
24 Italy Marco Gentile 25 Italy Lucky Strike Fior NS500 1 0 0 0
- San Marino Fabio Barchitta 42 San Marino RS500 0 0 0 0
- Italy Fabio Biliotti 15 Italy Servisco RS500 0 0 0 0
- United Kingdom Simon Buckmaster 22 United Kingdom Duckhams NLM Honda RS500 0 0 0 0
- Netherlands Maarten Duyzers 61 Netherlands H.D.J.B.Y. RS500 0 0 0 0
- Germany Gerold Fischer West Germany RS500 0 0 0 0
- Germany Manfred Fischer 36 West Germany Hein Gericke Racing RS500 0 0 0 0
- France Hervé Guilleux 55 France Fior-SNCF RS500 0 0 0 0
- Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Silvo Habat 75 Yugoslavia FE-GO RS500 0 0 0 0
- Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler 45 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler RS500 0 0 0 0
- Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe 40 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe RS500 0 0 0 0
- United Kingdom Donnie McLeod 34 United Kingdom Heron-Suzuki RGB500 0 0 0 0
- Switzerland Wolfgang von Muralt 24 Switzerland Franconia-Suzuki RGB500 0 0 0 0
- France Thierry Rapicault 53 France Fior-SNCF RS500 0 0 0 0
- United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. 51 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 0 0 0 0

250cc standings[9][10][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 West Germany Anton Mang 4 West Germany Rothmans-Honda NSR250 136 8
2 West Germany Reinhold Roth 24 West Germany HB Römer-Honda NSR250 108 1
3 Spain Sito Pons 2 Spain Campsa-Honda NSR250 108 1
4 France Dominique Sarron 3 France Rothmans-Honda France NSR250 97 1
5 Spain Carlos Cardús 12 Spain Ducados-Honda NSR250 70 0
6 Italy Loris Reggiani 32 Italy Aprilia RS250 68 1
7 Italy Luca Cadalora 22 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha YZR250 63 0
8 West Germany Martin Wimmer 6 West Germany Marlboro-Yamaha YZR250 61 1
9 Switzerland Jacques Cornu 7 Switzerland Parisienne Elf-Honda NSR250 50 0
10 Venezuela Carlos Lavado 1 Venezuela HB Venemotos-Yamaha YZR250 46 1
11 Spain Juan Garriga Spain 46
12 France Patrick Igoa France 42
13 Japan Masao Shimizu Japan 20
14 Japan Masaru Kobayashi Japan 15
15 West Germany Manfred Herweh West Germany 11
16 Venezuela Ivan Palazzese Venezuela 9
17 France Jean Philippe Ruggia France 7
18 France Jean-François Baldé France 6
19 Italy Maurizio Vitali Italy 6
20 Austria Hans Lindner Austria 5
21 Switzerland Urs Lüzi Switzerland 5
22 United Kingdom Donnie McLeod United Kingdom 4
23 Belgium Stephane Mertens Belgium 2
24 Japan Masumitsu Taguchi Japan 2
25 France Guy Bertin France 1
26 Italy Stefano Caracchi France 1
27 Japan Takehiro Yamamoto Japan 1

125cc standings[11][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Fausto Gresini 2 Italy Garelli 150 10
2 Italy Bruno Casanova 23 Italy Garelli 88 0
3 Italy Paolo Casoli 14 Italy AGV 61 1
4 Italy Domenico Brigaglia 3 Italy AGV 58 0
5 Austria August Auinger 4 Austria MBA 54 0
6 Italy Ezio Gianola 5 Italy Honda 45 0
7 Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi 8 Italy MBA 43 0
8 Spain Andres Sanchez 26 Spain Ducados 40 0
9 Belgium Lucio Pietroniro 7 Belgium MBA 32 0
10 Austria Mike Leitner 22 Austria MBA 32 0
11 Finland Johnny Wickstroem Finland 21
12 Italy Gastone Grassetti Italy 17
13 France Jean Claude Selini France 16
14 Switzerland Thierry Feuz Switzerland 13
15 Finland Jussi Hautaniemi Finland 10
16 West Germany Adi Stadler West Germany 9
17 Venezuela Ivan Troisi Venezuela 8
18 Italy Claudio Macciotta Italy 6
19 Italy Corrado Catalano Italy 6
20 Finland Esa Kytölä Finland 4
21 Belgium Olivier Liégeois Belgium 4
22 Sweden Hakan Olsson Sweden 2
23 United Kingdom Robin Milton United Kingdom 2
24 Algeria Bady Hassaine Algeria 2
25 Denmark Flemming Kistrup Denmark 1
26 West Germany Norbert Peschke West Germany 1
27 Argentina Willy Perez Argentina 1

80cc standings[12][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Jorge Martínez 1 Spain Derbi 129 7
2 Spain Manuel Herreros 2 Spain Derbi 86 1
3 West Germany Gerhard Waibel 5 West Germany Krauser 82 1
4 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger 3 Switzerland Krauser 75 1
5 United Kingdom Ian McConnachie 5 United Kingdom Krauser 51 0
6 West Germany Jörg Seel 6 West Germany Seel 38 0
7 West Germany Hubert Abold 9 West Germany Krauser 33 0
8 Spain Luis Reyes 22 Spain Autisa 31 0
9 Austria Josef Fischer 9 Austria Krauser 19 0
10 Spain Julian Miralles Spain Derbi 18 0
11 Àlex Crivillé 12
12 Günter Schirnhofer 12
13 Hans Spaan 11
14 Karoly Juhasz 10
15 Joan Bolart 10
16 Paolo Priori 9
17 Alex Barros 8
18 Giuseppe Ascareggi 5
19 Heinz Paschen 4
20 Richard Bay 3
21 Peter Öttl 3
22 Ernst Gschwender 2
23 Herri Torrontegui 1
24 Theo Timmer 1
25 Jacques Bernard 1
26 Ralf Waldmann 1

Further reading[edit]

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949-2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ "Fausto Gresini career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jorge Martinez career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRpZE6KMG6w
  5. ^ "1987 500cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "1987 500cc Entries List". f1network.net. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Takumi Ito career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Richard Scott career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "1987 500cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "1987 250cc Entries List". f1network.net. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "1987 125cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "1987 80cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

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