1990 Nations motorcycle Grand Prix

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Italy  1990 Nations Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Misano World Circuit.svg
Date 20 May 1990
Location Misano
Course Permanent racing facility
4.909 km (3.050 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:16.019
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:15.912
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second United States Kevin Schwantz
Third Australia Mick Doohan
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:17.807
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:18.023
First United States John Kocinski
Second Germany Helmut Bradl
Third Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:24.254
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Stefan Prein
Time 1:24.213
First Spain Jorge Martínez
Second Germany Dirk Raudies
Third Italy Loris Capirossi

The 1990 Nations motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth race of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 18–20 May 1990 at the Misano circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

In practice Christian Sarron falls in front of Wayne Gardner, bringing him down and causing Gardner to race with broken ribs.

At the first turn, Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz go first, but Pierfrancesco Chili gets knocked off by Gardner, who came across the racing line. Chili kicks furiously at the gravel as he’s escorted off the track.

A trio forms at the front: Rainey, Schwantz and Mick Doohan. Alex Barros crashes out for a second race in a row.

Drops of rain bring out the red flag and memories of Spa ’89, when 3 races were run; a second race on aggregate time will follow. New start in the dry and Doohan gets the first turn, followed by Rainey and Mamola. It soon turns into Rainey, Doohan, Gardner and Schwantz at the front. It’s a very aggressive group of four, who pass each other two at a time.

Schwantz takes the lead, and can’t suppress his tic of looking back while exiting on the throttle, a habit that caused him a crash last season.

Though the order crossing the line is Schwantz, Gardner, Rainey and Doohan, Rainey takes the win based on aggregate time.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 46:21.150 20
2 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +2.121 17
3 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +7.870 15
4 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +9.732 13
5 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +1:13.452 11
6 Spain Sito Pons Honda +1:20.365 10
7 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1 Lap 9
8 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1 Lap 8
9 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 7
10 Italy Romolo Balbi Honda +1 Lap 6
11 Italy Michele Valdo Honda +2 Laps 5
12 Sweden Peter Lindén Honda +3 Laps 4
13 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +3 Laps 3
14 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +5 Laps 2
15 Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton +8 Laps 1
Ret United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva Retirement
Ret France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha Retirement
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Honda Retirement
Ret France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda Retirement
Ret Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva Retirement

Previous race:
1990 Spanish Grand Prix
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
1990 season
Next race:
1990 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1989 Nations Grand Prix
Nations Grand Prix Next race:
1991 Italian Grand Prix
Starting in 1991, the race was known as the Italian motorcycle Grand Prix.