1991 German motorcycle Grand Prix

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Germany  1991 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 15 races in the
1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Hockenheimring prior to 2002.svg
Date 26 May 1991
Location Hockenheim
Course Permanent racing facility
6.788 km (4.218 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Mick Doohan Honda
Time 2:00.362
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
Time 1:59.846
Podium
First United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
Second United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Third Australia Mick Doohan Honda
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Helmut Bradl Honda
Time 2:06.934
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Helmut Bradl Honda
Time 2:06.725
Podium
First Germany Helmut Bradl Honda
Second Spain Carlos Cardús Honda
Third Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi Honda
Time 2:20.304
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi Honda
Time 2:20.257
Podium
First Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda
Second Italy Loris Capirossi Honda
Third Switzerland Heinz Lüthi Honda
Sidecars
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Steve Webster Krauser
Passenger United Kingdom Gavin Simmons
Time 2:10.006
Fastest lap
Rider Netherlands Egbert Streuer LCR-Yamaha
Passenger United Kingdom Peter Essaff
Time 2:10.444
Podium
First Germany Ralph Bohnhorst Bohnhorst
Germany Bruno Hiller
Second France Alain Michel Krauser
United Kingdom Simon Birchall
Third Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-ADM
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg

The 1991 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the sixth round of the 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 24-26 May 1991 at the Hockenheim circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Mick Doohan was on pole, Wayne Rainey was 1 second back in 4th, with Eddie Lawson on the front row again on the ever improving Cagiva.

Doohan took the lead at the start ahead from Rainey, Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski. Doohan and Rainey developed a small gap to Kevin Schwantz, Lawson and Wayne Gardner. In the stadium section, Rainey tried to go through the inside of Doohan, but going off the racing line proved too slippery and he had to sit-up and got Schwantz on his back wheel.

Rainey recovered his rhythm and passed Doohan, but Schwantz was closing. Kocinski crashed out. Doohan re-took the lead of the trio with Rainey and Schwantz.

Another Rainey/Doohan battle ended inconclusively when Rainey came alongside Doohan and pointed to Doohan’s back tire which was shedding chunks. Going into the stadium section, Schwantz took the lead and Doohan started dropping back.

Last lap: Rainey was in front of Schwantz. Schwantz stayed behind Rainey through the first chicane, trying to build momentum for a draft pass. He managed it and took the lead from Rainey.

It looked like Schwantz has made a tactical error, letting Rainey draft him on the last straight that leads into the stadium section. Rainey draft passed and prepared for the right turn, but Schwantz swung out from behind and performs a spectacular late-braking pass -- the RGV was squirming from side-to-side and the back tire was hopping up and down leaving a dashed black line of rubber. Schwantz got it under control and made the turn, but Rainey wasn't giving up and tried to stay on Schwantz’ left as they headed to a left turn, but Schwantz had better drive coming out of the previous turn and got in front of Rainey and stayed there to the line.

After the race Rainey commentated: “... I thought I was pretty lucky that we beat Doohan there when he had a problem. That’s who I was racing for the championship.”[1]

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 18 +36:20.491 2 20
2 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 18 +0.016 4 17
3 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 18 +8.944 1 15
4 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva 18 +11.568 3 13
5 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 18 +25.500 6 11
6 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Suzuki 18 +1:00.264 7 10
7 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha 18 +1:11.175 8 9
8 France Adrien Morillas Yamaha 18 +1:24.711 12 8
9 United States Doug Chandler Yamaha 18 +1:41.466 10 7
10 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Yamaha 17 +1 lap 13 6
11 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda 17 +1 lap 14 5
12 Germany Michael Rudroff Honda 17 +1 lap 15 4
13 Germany Hans Becker Yamaha 17 +1 lap 3
14 United Kingdom Simon Buckmaster Suzuki 17 +1 lap 2
Ret United States John Kocinski Yamaha 8 Retired 5
DNS France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha 9
DNS Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva 11
DNQ Austria Sepp Doppler Honda
DNQ Germany Helmut Schutz Honda
DNQ Switzerland Niggi Schmassman Honda
DNQ Germany Martin Trösch Honda
[2]

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 Germany Helmut Bradl Honda 15 31:59.456 1 20
2 Spain Carlos Cardús Honda 15 +13.517 5 17
3 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda 15 +14.034 3 15
4 Italy Luca Cadalora Honda 15 +23.707 9 13
5 Japan Masahiro Shimizu Honda 15 +43.569 7 11
6 Austria Andreas Preining Aprilia 15 +43.756 6 10
7 Spain Àlex Crivillé JJ Cobas 15 +43.825 12 9
8 Germany Jochen Schmid Honda 15 +43.960 8 8
9 Germany Martin Wimmer Suzuki 15 +44.219 10 7
10 Germany Stefan Prein Honda 15 +44.585 11 6
11 Italy Paolo Casoli Yamaha 15 +45.081 13 5
12 Germany Harald Eckl Aprilia 15 +47.530 14 4
13 Italy Doriano Romboni Honda 15 +50.256 15 3
14 France Jean-Pierre Jeandat Honda 15 +59.494 2
15 Venezuela Carlos Lavado Yamaha 15 +1:04.087 1
16 France Dominique Sarron Yamaha 15 +1:21.210
17 Germany Bernd Kassner Yamaha 15 +1:21.432
18 Italy Fausto Ricci Yamaha 15 +1:46.045
19 Netherlands Patrick van der Goorbergh Yamaha 15 +1:50.704
20 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Yamaha 15 +1:50.882
21 France Jean Foray Yamaha 15 +1:50.946
22 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 15 +1:53.122
23 South Africa Wayne Doran Aprilia 15 +1:58.967
24 United Kingdom Ian Newton Yamaha 15 +2:09.344
25 Sweden Peter Linden Honda 14 +1 lap
Ret Italy Corrado Catalano Honda 8 Retired
Ret Switzerland Bernard Hänggeli Aprilia 7 Retired
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Aprilia 6 Retired 2
Ret Italy Loris Reggiani Aprilia 4 Retired 4
Ret Italy Renzo Colleoni Aprilia 3 Retired
Ret Switzerland Urs Jucker Yamaha 3 Retired
Ret Spain Jaime Mariano Aprilia 1 Retired
DNS Spain Alberto Puig Yamaha
DNS France Frédéric Protat Aprilia
DNS Netherlands Leon van der Heyden Honda
DNS Finland Erkka Korpiaho Aprilia
DNS Italy Stefano Pennese Aprilia
[2]

125 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda 14 33:12.041 6 20
2 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda 14 +0.288 1 17
3 Switzerland Heinz Lüthi Honda 14 +1.343 5 15
4 Italy Gabriele Debbia Aprilia 14 +1.549 8 13
5 Italy Alessandro Gramigni Aprilia 14 +1.558 10 11
6 Spain Jorge Martínez JJ Cobas 14 +3.893 10
7 Germany Alfred Waibel Honda 14 +4.395 12 9
8 Germany Dirk Raudies Honda 14 +4.503 3 8
9 Japan Nobuyuki Wakai Honda 14 +22.679 14 7
10 Japan Kazuto Sakata Honda 14 +22.682 4 6
11 Spain Luis Alvaro Derbi 14 +22.958 13 5
12 Netherlands Hans Spaan Honda 14 +34.926 9 4
13 Italy Maurizio Vitali Gazzaniga 14 +38.459 3
14 Japan Kinya Wada Honda 14 +38.754 2
15 Finland Johnny Wickström Honda 14 +38.857 1
16 Germany Stefan Kurfiss Honda 14 +39.281
17 Japan Hisashi Unemoto Honda 14 +39.536
18 Spain Herri Torrontegui JJ Cobas 14 +39.544
19 Switzerland Thierry Feuz Honda 14 +40.116
20 Netherlands Jos van Dongen Honda 14 +40.286
21 Switzerland Stefan Brägger Honda 14 +40.344
22 Netherlands Arie Molenaar Honda 14 +41.113
23 Italy Gimmi Bosio Honda 14 +41.381
24 Germany Wolfgang Fritz Honda 14 +58.364
25 Netherlands Hans Koopman Honda 14 +58.653
26 Switzerland René Dünki Honda 14 +58.659
27 United Kingdom Ian McConnachie Honda 14 +1:35.943
Ret Germany Adolf Stadler JJ Cobas 12 Retired 7
Ret Italy Fausto Gresini Honda 12 Retired 2
Ret Spain Manuel Herreros JJ Cobas 10 Retired
Ret United Kingdom Robin Appleyard Honda 10 Retired
Ret Italy Emilio Cuppini Gazzaniga 8 Retired
Ret Spain Francisco Debon JJ Cobas 7 Retired
Ret Italy Bruno Casanova Honda 4 Retired
Ret Spain Julián Miralles JJ Cobas 1 Retired
Ret Germany Peter Öttl Rotax 0 Retired 11
DNS Italy Ezio Gianola Derbi 15
DNS Japan Koji Takada Honda
DNQ United Kingdom Steve Patrickson Honda
DNQ France Alain Bronec Honda
DNQ Australia Peter Galvin Honda
DNQ Spain Manuel Hernández Honda
DNQ Switzerland Olivier Petrucciani Aprilia
DNQ Italy Serafino Foti Honda
DNQ United Kingdom Alan Patterson Honda
DNQ Germany Hubert Abold Honda
DNQ France Jean-Claude Selini Honda
DNQ Germany Thomas Engl Honda
DNQ Canada Phillip Unhola Honda
DNQ Finland Taru Rinne Honda
[2]

Sidecar classification[edit]

Pos Rider Passenger Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 Germany Ralph Bohnhorst Germany Bruno Hiller Bohnhorst 14 30:56.749 2 20
2 France Alain Michel United Kingdom Simon Birchall Krauser 14 +0.241 4 17
3 Switzerland Rolf Biland Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg LCR-ADM 14 +2.427 5 15
4 Netherlands Egbert Streuer United Kingdom Peter Essaff LCR-Yamaha 14 +10.363 3 13
5 United Kingdom Barry Brindley United Kingdom Trevor Hopkinson LCR-Yamaha 14 +10.989 11 11
6 United Kingdom Steve Abbott United Kingdom Shaun Smith LCR-Krauser 14 +11.214 10
7 Switzerland Markus Egloff Switzerland Urs Egloff Yamaha 14 +11.629 9 9
8 United Kingdom Darren Dixon United Kingdom Sean Dixon LCR-Krauser 14 +11.722 7 8
9 Japan Yoshisada Kumagaya United Kingdom Bryan Houghton Krauser 14 +19.850 14 7
10 Japan Masato Kumano Germany Eckhart Rösinger LCR-Yamaha 14 +28.059 10 6
11 Austria Klaus Klaffenböck Austria Christian Parzer LCR 14 +28.533 12 5
12 Netherlands Theo van Kempen Netherlands Jan Kuyt LCR-Krauser 14 +55.021 4
13 Germany Werner Kraus Germany Thomas Schröder ADM 14 +1:11.940 15 3
14 United Kingdom Barry Smith United Kingdom David Smith Windle-ADM 14 +1:12.437 2
15 France Ivan Nigrowsky France Nicolas Barillon LCR 14 +1:13.169 1
16 United Kingdom Gary Thomas Netherlands Michel van Puyvelde Krauser 14 +1:35.782
17 United Kingdom Tony Baker United Kingdom Simon Prior LCR-Krauser 13 +1 lap
18 Switzerland Alfred Zurbrügg Switzerland Martin Zurbrügg LCR-Yamaha 1 +3 laps 13
Ret Switzerland Paul Güdel Switzerland Charly Güdel LCR-Krauser 13 Retired 6
Ret United Kingdom Steve Webster United Kingdom Gavin Simmons Krauser 9 Retired 1
Ret Switzerland Tony Wyssen Switzerland Killian Wyssen LCR-Krauser 3 Retired 8
Ret Switzerland René Progin United Kingdom Gary Irlam LCR 1 Retired
DNQ Switzerland Markus Bösiger Switzerland Peter Markwalder ADM
Ret United Kingdom Mark Reddington United Kingdom Robert Parker Krauser
DNQ Netherlands Jos van Stekelenburg Netherlands Rinie Bettgens LCR
DNQ Switzerland Hans Hügli Switzerland Adolf Hänni LCR
DNQ Germany Frank Voigt Germany Holger Voigt Schuh-Spezial
DNQ Italy Reiner Kosta Switzerland Jurg Egli Yamaha
DNQ Germany Bernd Scherer Germany Peter Höss LCR
[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 154. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  2. ^ a b c d Scott, Michael (ed.). Motocourse 1991-1992. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 104–105. ISBN 0-905138-88-0. 


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