1988 Nations motorcycle Grand Prix

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Italy  1988 Nations Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Imola 1981.jpg
Date 22 May 1988
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.132 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Australia Wayne Gardner
Yamaha
Honda
Podium
First United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Dominique Sarron Honda
Fastest lap
Rider France Dominique Sarron Honda
Podium
First France Dominique Sarron Honda
Second Spain Sito Pons Honda
Third Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Podium
First Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Second Spain Manuel Herreros Derbi
Third Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
80 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Podium
First Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Second Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Krauser
Third Spain Manuel Herreros Derbi

The 1988 Nations motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifth race of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 20–22 May 1988, at the Imola circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wayne Gardner on pole. Through the first turn, it was Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Didier De Radiguès, Pierfrancesco Chili and Gardner.

At the end of the first lap, it was Lawson, De Radiguès, Schwantz, Gardner, Chili and Wayne Rainey.

Another few laps and it was Lawson, Gardner, De Radiguès, then a small gap to Rainey and Schwantz.

Lawson got a gap from a re-formed quartet behind. Christian Sarron went down at a chicane, forcing Kevin Magee and Niall Mackenzie off the track.

On the cool down lap there was a collision between Tadahiko Taira and Raymond Roche.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 48:17.160 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +15.510 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +26.740 15
4 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +32.860 13
5 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +48.490 11
6 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +53.120 10
7 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:15.110 9
8 Japan Shunji Yatsushiro Honda +1:16.770 8
9 France Raymond Roche Cagiva +1:17.210 7
10 Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha +1:18.010 6
11 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +1 Lap 5
12 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki +1 Lap 4
13 Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +1 Lap 2
15 France Patrick Igoa Yamaha +1 Lap 1
16 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda +1 Lap
17 Italy Alberto Rota Honda +1 Lap
18 San Marino Fabio Barchitta Honda +1 Lap
19 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +1 Lap
20 Italy Romolo Balbi Honda +1 Lap
21 Finland Ari Ramo Honda +1 Lap
22 Sweden Peter Skold Honda +1 Lap
23 France Rachel Nicotte Honda +1 Lap
24 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap
25 Netherlands Maarten Duyzers Honda +1 Lap
26 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +1 Lap
Ret United Kingdom Steve Manley Suzuki Retirement
Ret Germany Manfred Fischer Honda Retirement
Ret Spain Daniel Amatriain Honda Retirement
Ret France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Massimo Broccoli Cagiva Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Roger Burnett Honda Retirement
Ret Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha Retirement
Ret France Jean Luc Demierre Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton Retirement
Ret Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda Retirement


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