1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1990 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 42nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

1990 marked the beginning of the Rainey era with the Marlboro-Yamaha rider taking 7 wins and scoring points in every race but Hungary after he had already clinched the championship.[1] Rainey's teammate was 1989 champion Eddie Lawson, but he was unable to defend his championship after breaking his left ankle in the first round and then severely shattering his right ankle the following round at Laguna Seca. Rainey on having Lawson as a teammate: “I just wanted to devastate Eddie. I don’t think he was ready for a team-mate like me. Maybe he thought he could control me, but at that stage I was past being controlled.”[2] Rainey switched from Dunlop to Michelin tires this year.

Kevin Schwantz continued to win on his Suzuki but just as often he would crash.[1] Australian Mick Doohan would win his first Grand Prix for Honda at the Hungaroring.[1]

The 1990 season continued the trend of crashes as riders tried to cope with the harsh power output of the V4 two-strokes.[1] Honda put forth a proposition limiting the top class to 375cc and 3 cylinders, but that never caught on.[1] Still, with 500cc lap times becoming stagnant, it was clear that something needed to be done.[1]

Newcomer John Kocinski took the 250 title for Kenny Roberts' Marlboro-Yamaha squad after a tight points battle with Carlos Cardús that was not decided until the final race of the season.[1] Despite five Grand Prix victories for Hans Spaan, seventeen-year-old Loris Capirossi became the youngest-ever world champion when he claimed the 125 crown for Honda.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Netherlands Hans Spaan Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
2 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca No race United States John Kocinski United States Wayne Rainey Report
3 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Spain Jorge Martínez United States John Kocinski Australia Wayne Gardner Report
4 Italy Nations Grand Prix Misano Spain Jorge Martínez United States John Kocinski United States Wayne Rainey Report
5 Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring Italy Doriano Romboni Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg United States Kevin Schwantz Report
6 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Spain Jorge Martínez Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
7 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Rijeka West Germany Stefan Prein Spain Carlos Cardús United States Wayne Rainey Report
8 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Doriano Romboni United States John Kocinski United States Kevin Schwantz Report
9 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa Netherlands Hans Spaan United States John Kocinski United States Wayne Rainey Report
10 France French Grand Prix Le Mans Netherlands Hans Spaan Spain Carlos Cardús United States Kevin Schwantz Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
12 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Netherlands Hans Spaan Spain Carlos Cardús United States Wayne Rainey Report
13 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Netherlands Hans Spaan Spain Carlos Cardús United States Wayne Rainey Report
14 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Italy Loris Capirossi United States John Kocinski Australia Mick Doohan Report
15 Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Italy Loris Capirossi United States John Kocinski Australia Wayne Gardner Report

Final standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.[3]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

500cc standings[4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
NAT
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
YUG
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
SWE
Sweden
CZE
Czech Republic
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 3 255
2 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 3 Ret 3 2 1 1 2 1 7 1 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 188
3 Australia Mick Doohan Honda Ret 2 4 3 Ret 3 4 4 6 4 4 4 9 1 2 179
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki 8 5 3 5 3 5 12 6 5 5 4 7 5 140
5 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 2 Ret 1 4 Ret 10 2 Ret 3 2 4 1 138
6 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha 10 6 9 8 7 9 Ret 6 9 8 7 8 5 5 6 121
7 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha Ret 3 3 5 3 2 3 2 4 118
8 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha 8 5 10 Ret 6 8 5 11 2 Ret 9 7 8 6 Ret 110
9 France Christian Sarron Yamaha Ret 4 7 4 7 7 4 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret 84
10 Spain Sito Pons Honda 5 Ret 6 6 5 6 Ret 7 10 7 76
11 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda 7 3 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret 8 9 63
12 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva Ret 8 Ret Ret 8 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 11 9 Ret 9 57
13 Italy Marco Papa Cagiva 9 11 13 6 14 Ret 9 13 11 13 12 10 55
14 United States Randy Mamola Honda Ret 7 7 9 10 Ret 18 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 Ret 55
15 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 DNS 9 8 10 10 10 12 11 46
16 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda 13 14 10 14 7 13 15 12 Ret 12 16 16 12 39
17 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda 11 12 13 11 12 14 14 11 30
18 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Honda Ret 6 10 8 24
19 Switzerland Niggi Schmassman Honda 10 12 13 13 9 16 23
20 Sweden Peter Linden Honda 9 12 15 13 15
21 Australia Kevin Magee Suzuki 4 Ret 13
22 Austria Karl Truchsess Honda 15 8 15 14 Ret Ret 12
23 Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha 6 Ret 10
24 Australia Peter Goddard Yamaha 8 8
25 Luxembourg Andy Leuthe Honda 14 Ret 12 14 Ret Ret Ret 8
26 Japan Shinichi Ito Honda 9 7
27 Italy Romolo Balbi Honda 10 6
28 Italy Michele Valdo Honda 11 5
29 Japan Hikaru Miyagi Honda 11 5
30 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Honda Ret Ret 11 5
31 Japan Shinji Katayama Yamaha 12 4
32 France Rachel Nicotte Honda Ret 15 13 4
33 Japan Osamu Hiwatashi Suzuki 13 3
34 Germany Hansjörg Butz Honda 15 14 3
35 Germany Martin Trösch Honda Ret 17 15 1
36 Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton Ret 15 16 Ret Ret DNS Ret 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
NAT
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
YUG
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
SWE
Sweden
CZE
Czech Republic
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole Position

250cc standings[5][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 United States John Kocinski 19 United States Marlboro-Yamaha Roberts YZR250 223 7
2 Spain Carlos Cardús 4 Spain Repsol-Honda NSR250 208 4
3 Italy Luca Cadalora 5 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha Agostini YZR250 184 3
4 West Germany Helmut Bradl 9 Germany HB-Honda NSR250 150 0
5 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg 14 Netherlands Sharp-Samson Honda NSR250 127 1
6 West Germany Martin Wimmer 10 Germany Hein Gericke Aprilia RS250 118 0
7 Japan Masahiro Shimizu 6 Japan Ajinomoto-Honda NSR250 100 0
8 West Germany Jochen Schmid 16 Germany HB-Honda NSR250 92 0
9 Switzerland Jacques Cornu 3 Switzerland Lucky Strike-Elf Honda NSR250 86 0
10 France Dominique Sarron 8 France Rothmans-Honda NSR250 78 0
11 Àlex Crivillé 76
12 Didier de Radiguès 66
13 Loris Reggiani 63
14 Reinhold Roth 52
15 Carlos Lavado 37
16 Alberto Puig 32
17 Paolo Casoli 32
18 Andy Preining 30
19 Marcellino Lucchi 23
20 Jose Morillas 22
21 Renzo Colleoni 17
22 Daryl Beattie 13
23 Harald Eckl 13
24 Jorge Martinez 13
25 Toshihiko Honma 10
26 Corrado Catalano 10
27 Tetsuya Harada 9
28 Andrea Borgonovo 9
29 Nobuatsu Aoki 8
30 Alberto Rota 8
31 Masumitsu Taguchi 7
32 Tsumoto Udagawa 6
33 Niall Mackenzie 5
34 Jean Pierre Jeandat 4
35 Junzo Suzuki 4
36 Bernd Kassner 4
37 Josè Barresi 4
38 Bernard Haenggeli 4
39 Rich Oliver 3
40 Alan Carter 3
41 Steve Manley 2
42 Kevin Mitchell 2
43 Urs Jücker 2
44 Yukio Nukumi 1
45 Ricky Rice 1
46 Jean Foray 1

125cc standings[6][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Loris Capirossi 65 Italy Honda 182 3
2 Netherlands Hans Spaan 2 Netherlands Honda 173 5
3 West Germany Stefan Prein 7 Germany Honda 169 1
4 Italy Doriano Romboni Italy Honda 130 2
5 West Germany Dirk Raudies Germany Honda 113 0
6 Spain Jorge Martínez Spain Derbi 105 3
7 Italy Fausto Gresini 8 Italy Honda 102 0
8 Italy Bruno Casanova 4 Italy Honda 97 0
9 Italy Alessandro Gramigni Italy Aprilia 84 0
10 Switzerland Heinz Lüthi Switzerland Honda 78 0
11 Adi Stadler 77
12 Gabriele Debbia 55
13 Julian Miralles 46
14 Maurizio Vitali 44
15 Manuel Hernandez 40
16 Koji Takada 39
17 Steve Patrickson 32
18 Robin Appleyard 32
19 Alfred Waibel 31
20 Hisashi Unemoto 30
21 Robin Milton 28
22 Kinya Wada 26
23 Ralf Waldmann 19
24 Emilio Cuppini 15
25 Herri Torrontegui 14
26 Johnny Wickstroem 13
27 Stefan Kurfiss 11
28 Yoshifumi Ichimiya 8
29 Hans Koopman 7
30 Yukiho Hinokio 6
31 Domenico Brigaglia 6
32 Fuyuki Yamazaki 5
33 Thierry Feuz 5
34 Noboiuki Wakai 3
35 Flemming Kistrup 3
36 Sinya Sato 2
37 Alan Scott 1
38 Jaime Mariano 1
39 Antonio Sanchez 1
40 Stuart Edwards 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 142. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  3. ^ Guinness Motorcycle Sport Fact Book by Ian Morrison page 14 (1991)(1st Edition) Guinness Publishing The Bath Press ISBN 0-85112-953-6
  4. ^ "500cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "250cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "125cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012.