1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1989 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 41st F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Defending champion Eddie Lawson stunned most observers by switching from the Yamaha to Honda in the offseason then proceeded to win the championship, becoming the first man to win two consecutive 500cc championships on two different brands. On why he left Yamaha for Honda: "Giacomo Agostini, the Marlboro Yamaha team manager, started playing games, saying stuff like, 'I don't know if we can pay you the same as we did in 1988.' I'd just won my third title, so that was tough to hear. Also, I found out Ago was talking to Kevin Schwantz. I met with Erv and told him that I needed a change. When Marlboro discovered I was talking with Honda, they doubled their offer, but it was too late. I actually took a pay cut to ride the Honda."[1]

Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz continued to perform impressively while Freddie Spencer made a less than successful comeback attempt with the Marlboro Yamaha team. Australian Wayne Gardner was out for most of the season after breaking his leg at Laguna Seca but not before winning the inaugural Grand Prix in his home country. Another Australian made his Grand Prix debut for the Rothmans Honda team with Mick Doohan scoring a third place finish at the Hockenheimring. The FIM awarded half points for the rain-drenched Belgian Grand Prix after organisers restarted the race three times contrary to FIM race regulations. The Nations Grand Prix at Misano was boycotted by most of the top riders for safety reasons.

Sito Pons won a second consecutive 250 championship for Honda while Spanish teenager, Àlex Crivillé won the 125 crown on a JJ Cobas. Derbi rider Manuel Herreros had the honor of winning the final 80cc championship as the class would be discontinued after 1989.

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Race Location 80cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Italy Ezio Gianola United States John Kocinski United States Kevin Schwantz Report
2 Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Spain Àlex Crivillé Spain Sito Pons Australia Wayne Gardner Report
3 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca United States John Kocinski United States Wayne Rainey Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Spain Herri Torrontegui Spain Àlex Crivillé Italy Luca Cadalora United States Eddie Lawson Report
5 Italy Nations Grand Prix Misano Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Ezio Gianola Spain Sito Pons Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim West Germany Peter Öttl Spain Àlex Crivillé Spain Sito Pons United States Wayne Rainey Report
7 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Netherlands Hans Spaan Spain Sito Pons United States Kevin Schwantz Report
8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Rijeka West Germany Peter Öttl Spain Sito Pons United States Kevin Schwantz Report
9 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen West Germany Peter Öttl Netherlands Hans Spaan Germany Reinhold Roth United States Wayne Rainey Report
10 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa Netherlands Hans Spaan Switzerland Jacques Cornu United States Eddie Lawson Report
11 France French Grand Prix Le Mans Spain Jorge Martínez Spain Carlos Cardús United States Eddie Lawson Report
12 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Netherlands Hans Spaan Spain Sito Pons United States Kevin Schwantz Report
13 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Spain Àlex Crivillé Spain Sito Pons United States Eddie Lawson Report
14 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Spain Herri Torrontegui Spain Àlex Crivillé Germany Reinhold Roth United States Kevin Schwantz Report
15 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Goiânia Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report

Final standings[edit]

500cc standings[2][3][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points[4] Wins Poles F.Laps
1 United States Eddie Lawson 1 United States Rothmans-Kanemoto Honda NSR500 228 4 1 3
2 United States Wayne Rainey 3 United States Lucky Strike-Yamaha YZR500 210.5 3 4 1
3 France Christian Sarron 4 France Gauloises-Yamaha YZR500 165.5 1
4 United States Kevin Schwantz 34 United States Pepsi-Suzuki RGV500 162.5 6 9 8
5 Australia Kevin Magee 5 Australia Lucky Strike-Yamaha YZR500 138.5
6 Italy Pier-Francesco Chili 9 Italy HB-Honda NSR500 122 1 1
7 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie 6 United Kingdom Marlboro-Yamaha YZR500 103
8 United Kingdom Ron Haslam 8 United Kingdom Pepsi-Suzuki RGV500 86
9 Australia Michael Doohan 27 Australia Rothmans-Honda NSR500 81
10 Australia Wayne Gardner 2 Australia Rothmans-Honda NSR500 67 1 1
11 United Kingdom Rob McElnea 10 United Kingdom Cabin - Honda NSR500 52.5
12 United Kingdom Simon Buckmaster 35 United Kingdom Katayama - Honda NSR500 43.5
13 Italy Alessandro Valesi 15 Italy Iberna - Yamaha YZR500 40
14 Japan Tadahiko Taira 21 Japan Tech-21 - Yamaha YZR500 39 1
15 France Dominique Sarron 7 France Elf-Honda NSR500 39
16 Freddie Spencer 33,5
17 Randy Mamola 33
18 Marco Gentile 33
19 Jose Morillas 26
20 Michael Rudroff 18
21 Norihiko Fujiwara 17
22 Bubba Shobert 12
23 Josef Doppler 11
24 A. Mayer 10
25 Romolo Balbi 9
26 Luca Cadalora 8
27 Francisco Gonzales 8
28 Niggi Schmassman 8
29 Massimo Broccoli 8
30 Michael Dowson 7
31 Andy Leuthe 7
32 Shinichi Ito 6
33 Fabio Biliotti 6
34 Bruno Kneubühler 6
35 John Kocinski 5,5
36 Ernst Gschwender 5
37 Fred Merkel 5
38 Thierry Crine 4
39 Roger Burnett 4
40 Juan Lopez Mella 4
41 Shuji Yatsushiro 3
42 Alberto Rota 3
43 Cees Doorakkers 2,5
44 Eddie Laycock 2
45 Peter Linden 1
46 Kunio Machii 1

250cc standings[5][6][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Sito Pons 1 Spain Campsa-Honda NSR250 262 7
2 Germany Reinhold Roth 5 Germany HB Römer-Honda NSR250 190 2
3 Switzerland Jacques Cornu 3 Switzerland Lucky Strike Elf-Honda NSR250 187 1
4 Spain Carlos Cardús 9 Spain Repsol-Honda NSR250 162 1
5 Italy Luca Cadalora 6 Italy Marlboro Yamaha-Agostini YZR250 127 2
6 Japan Masahiro Shimizu 10 Japan Ajinomoto-Honda NSR250 116 0
7 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia 7 France Gauloises Blondes-Yamaha YZR250 110 0
8 Spain Juan Garriga 2 Spain Ducados-Yamaha YZR250 98 0
9 Germany Helmut Bradl 17 Germany HB Rallye Sport-Honda NSR250 88 0
10 Germany Martin Wimmer 14 Germany Hein Gericke-Aprilia RS250 62 0
11 Loris Reggiani 52
12 Didier de Radiguès 51
13 Wilco Zeelenberg 41
14 John Kocinski 40
15 Toshihiko Honma 36
16 Jochen Schmid 36
17 Carlos Lavado 31
18 Alex Barros 30
19 Garry Cowan 25
20 Jim Filice 22
21 Renzo Colleoni 21
22 Ivan Palazzese 19
23 Alberto Puig 18
24 Harald Eckl 18
25 Marcellino Lucchi 17
26 Daniel Amatriain 14
27 Alain Bronec 11
28 Tadayuki Okada 10
29 Toshinobu Shiomori 9
30 Jose Morillas 9
31 Stefano Caracchi 9
32 Fausto Ricci 8
33 Alberto Rota 6
34 Patrick van den Goorbergh 6
35 Daryl Beattie 4
36 Kevin Mitchell 4
37 Paolo Casoli 4
38 Andy Preining 4
39 Maurizio Vitali 2
40 Luis Lavado 2
41 Junya Arai 1
41 Harald Becker 1
41 Manfred Herweh 1
41 August Auinger 1

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Àlex Crivillé 28 Spain JJ Cobas 166 5
2 Netherlands Hans Spaan 3 Netherlands Honda 152 4
3 Italy Ezio Gianola 2 Italy Honda 138 2
4 Japan Hisashi Unemoto 11 Japan Honda 104
5 Italy Fausto Gresini 22 Italy Aprilia 102
6 Japan Koji Takada 18 Japan Honda 99
7 West Germany Stefan Prein 8 West Germany Honda 92
8 Spain Julian Miralles 4 Spain Derbi 90
9 Spain Jorge Martínez 1 Spain Derbi 72 1
10 United States Alan Scott 12 United States Honda 54
11 Adi Stadler 53
12 Robin Milton 46
13 Luis Miguel Reyes 35
14 Domenico Brigaglia 34
15 Dirk Raudies 29
16 Alfred Waibel 25
17 Taru Rinne 23
18 Lucio Pietroniro 22
19 Bruno Casanova 20
20 Doriano Romboni 20
21 Flemming Kistrup 18
22 Robin Appleyard 18
23 Thierry Feuz 15
24 Masayuki Hirose 13
25 Herri Torrontegui 13
26 Kenichi Yoshida 11
27 Jean Claude Selini 11
28 Masato Shima 10
29 Corrado Catalano 10
30 Johnny Wickstroem 10
31 Yutaka Fujihara 9
32 Kazuaki Yamashita 8
33 Hubert Abold 8
34 Shinichi Fujiyama 7
35 Kazuja Yamada 6
36 Gerhard Waibel 6
37 Mike Leitner 4
38 Gabriele Debbia 3
39 Jean Pierre Jeandat 3
40 Stuart Edwards 3
42 Bady Hassaine 2
42 Josef Fischer 2
44 Alex Bedford 1
44 Heinz Lüthi 1
44 Herve Duffard 1

80cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Manuel Herreros 4 Spain Derbi 92
2 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger 3 Switzerland Krauser 80
3 West Germany Peter Öttl 5 West Germany Krauser 75 3
4 Spain Herri Torrontegui Spain Krauser 75 2
5 Italy Gabriele Gnani 10 Italy Gnani 45
6 Italy Paolo Priori Italy Krauser 41
7 Bulgaria Bogdan Nikolov 6 Bulgaria Krauser 40
8 Spain Jorge Martínez Spain Derbi 35 1
9 Spain Jaime Mariano Spain Casal 33
10 Germany Jörg Seel West Germany Seel 32
11 Andres Sanchez 30
12 Julian Miralles 26
13 Hans Koopman 23
14 Ralf Waldmann 23
15 Josè Saez 20
16 Bernd Völkel 13
17 Jos Van Dongen 13
18 Bert Smit 12
19 Stefan Kurfiss 12
20 Luis Alvaro 10
21 Giuseppe Ascareggi 9
22 Roberto Sassone 7
23 Janos Szabo 6
24 Zdravko Matulja 5
25 Jacques Bernard 5
26 Janez Pintar 4
27 Stefan Brägger 4
28 Thomas Engl 3
29 Günter Schrinhofer 3
30 René Dünki 3
31 Mathias Ehinger 2
32 Heinz Paschen 1
33 Xavier Arumi 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ienatsch, Nick (December 2009). "Eddie Lawson: 20 Years Later". CycleWorld.com. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. ^ 1989 500cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  3. ^ 1989 500cc Entries List at www.f1network.net
  4. ^ The points for the Belgian round were halved because of too many re-starts.
  5. ^ 1989 250cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  6. ^ 1989 250cc Entries List at www.f1network.net