1988 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

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United States  1988 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
Date April 10, 1988
Location Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Course Permanent racing facility
3.563 km (2.214 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Time 1:29.210
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Time 1:29.960
Podium
First United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski Yamaha
Time 1:32.950
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Bruno Casanova Aprilia-Rotax
Time 1:32.320
Podium
First United States Jim Filice Honda
Second Spain Sito Pons Honda
Third France Dominique Sarron Honda

The 1988 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of April 8-10, 1988, at Laguna Seca.

500 cc race report[edit]

The first U.S. GP in 23 years (the Daytona in 1965 was the previous).

Wayne Rainey was on pole. Through the first hairpin it was Wayne Gardner, Niall Mackenzie, Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, et al.

Eddie Lawson was down in 6th place, with Kevin Magee and Gardner up front. Lawson worked his way through the field, and passed both Gardner and Magee on the inside of Turn 2 (hairpin).

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 1'00:48.075 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +7.539 17
3 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +8.048 15
4 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +14.638 13
5 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +27.459 11
6 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +1:19.207 10
7 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda +1:30.230 9
8 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha +1 Lap 8
9 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki +1 Lap 7
10 United States Mike Baldwin Honda +1 Lap 6
11 Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda +1 Lap 5
Ret Japan Shunji Yatsushiro Honda Retirement
Ret France Raymond Roche Cagiva Retirement
Ret Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States John Long Yamaha Retirement
Ret Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior Retirement
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda Retirement


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