1990 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix

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Sweden  1990 Swedish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Scandinavian Raceway.svg
Date 12 August 1990
Location Anderstrop
Course Permanent racing facility
4.025 km (2.51 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:30.785
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:31.107
Podium
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third Australia Wayne Gardner
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:35.105
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:34.833
Podium
First Spain Carlos Cardús
Second United States John Kocinski
Third Japan Masahiro Shimizu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Stefan Prein
Time 1:41.786
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Stefan Prein
Time 1:41.909
Podium
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Italy Alessandro Gramigni
Third Italy Doriano Romboni

The 1990 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 10-12 August 1990 at the Anderstorp.

500 cc race report[edit]

Last year, Wayne Rainey lost any chance at the championship by crashing on this track, and this year he has a points advantage on Kevin Schwantz, but a DNF would just about erase the lead. He’s asked:

Q: “Is this going to be one of the occasions when you go for points rather than a win?”

WR: “Well, I’m going to go for both; it’s going to be tough tomorrow for those guys that have been going fast—if they go the same speed tomorrow; so we’re just going to ride around, have some fun and collect all the points we can get.”
Q: “You’ll be satisfied then if you don’t win?”

WR: “No.”[1]

At the light, Rainey gets the start and is followed by Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, Randy Mamola, Carl Fogarty and Wayne Gardner. Schwantz is behind with another bad start.

Schwantz soon moves into fourth place, but then crashes out and ends much hope for the championship.

The race develops into two pairs: Rainey and Lawson on the Yamahas, then a small gap to the Hondas of Doohan and Gardner. Will Lawson stay behind Rainey and help him out as he said he would earlier in the season?

Gardner leaves Doohan and shows Lawson a wheel, but Lawson keeps Gardner under control for the moment. Ron Haslam crashes and runs off the track just as the leaders zoom in.

Gardner isn’t able to match Rainey and Lawson’s pace and finishes in third, and Lawson’s second place may have been deliberate in order to help teammate Rainey.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 46:01.689 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +1.149 17
3 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +3.564 15
4 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +22.564 13
5 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +49.333 11
6 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Honda +1:07.973 10
7 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +1:08.831 9
8 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1:20.431 8
9 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva +1 Lap 7
10 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva +1 Lap 6
11 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 5
12 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap 4
13 Sweden Peter Linden Honda +1 Lap 3
Ret Finland Eero Kuparinen Honda Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Cagiva Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Honda Retirement
Ret France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duke Video: "Bike GP 1990 Review". Videocassette.


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