1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1991 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 43rd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

The beginning of the 1990s marked a golden age for Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The rivalry between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz was in full flow while Mick Doohan started to come into his own. Eddie Lawson had switched to Cagiva and started to have some respectable results. In a one year quirk, only 13 races counted. Competitors were allowed to drop their two worst scores. The Yugoslavia round was dropped because of the civil war and replaced with a Grand Prix of Europe at Jarama. The Brazilian round was also dropped at the last minute over track safety concerns and replaced with a race held at Le Mans. The inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix was held at Shah Alam.

For the 1991 season, Michelin decided to supply only the Rothmans Honda team with tires; everybody else used Dunlops.[1]

Luca Cadalora won the 250 title in a dominating fashion with eight wins. In the 125 class, Italian teenager Loris Capirossi swept to the title for the second consecutive year.

1991 500 cc Season review[edit]

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
2 Australia Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
3 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca no race Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Noboru Ueda Germany Helmut Bradl Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 Italy Italian Grand Prix Misano Italy Fausto Gresini Italy Luca Cadalora Australia Mick Doohan Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim Germany Ralf Waldmann Germany Helmut Bradl United States Kevin Schwantz Report
7 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Helmut Bradl Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 Europe European Grand Prix Jarama Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
9 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Germany Ralf Waldmann Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United States Kevin Schwantz Report
10 France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Loris Reggiani United States Wayne Rainey Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
12 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Mugello Germany Peter Öttl Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
13 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Italy Alessandro Gramigni Germany Helmut Bradl United States Wayne Rainey Report
14 Europe Vitesse du Mans Grand Prix Le Mans no race Germany Helmut Bradl United States Kevin Schwantz Report
15 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States John Kocinski Report

Final standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

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

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[2][3][edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
EUR
Europe
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
VDM
Europe
MAL
Malaysia
Pts
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 3 1 1 3 9 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 3 233
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 2 2 2 1 1 3 1 2 Ret 2 3 3 2 2 3 224
3 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 1 5 3 Ret 7 1 3 4 1 4 1 2 5 1 204
4 United States John Kocinski Yamaha 4 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 9 5 6 DNS 4 6 3 4 1 161
5 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 5 4 7 7 5 4 3 3 10 5 4 4 5 2 161
6 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva 6 6 5 6 3 4 5 Ret 4 3 6 Ret 8 126
7 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha 7 Ret 8 4 8 7 6 6 12 11 9 7 6 6 4 121
8 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Suzuki 14 10 10 8 Ret 6 8 10 5 7 8 8 7 8 8 105
9 United States Doug Chandler Yamaha 11 12 Ret 10 6 9 7 9 11 6 Ret 9 10 7 Ret 85
10 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha Ret 7 4 5 5 7 8 5 Ret 10 Ret Ret 78
11 France Adrien Morillas Yamaha 12 9 9 9 Ret 8 Ret 8 9 8 Ret Ret 10 7 71
12 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Yamaha Ret 13 13 11 10 10 10 12 Ret 11 11 11 11 12 57
13 Brazil Alex Barros Yamaha 10 8 6 4 7 46
14 Spain Sito Pons Honda 8 Ret Ret 11 10 9 Ret Ret 9 9 Ret 40
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda 22 14 14 13 12 11 13 13 12 14 13 13 Ret 10 40
16 Italy Marco Papa Honda 12 11 12 Ret 13 10 12 13 9 36
17 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha 7 5 12 6 34
18 Germany Michael Rudroff Honda 15 15 12 11 14 14 14 13 14 12 Ret 26
19 Australia Kevin Magee Suzuki 13 11 5 19
20 Germany Harald Becker Yamaha 14 Ret 13 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 Ret 11 13
21 Japan Keiichiro Iwahashi Honda 9 7
22 United Kingdom Simon Buckmaster Suzuki 14 14 Ret Ret 15 15 6
23 United States Rich Oliver Yamaha 11 5
24 Switzerland Niggi Schmassman Honda 16 15 Ret Ret 15 15 Ret Ret 17 14 5
25 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Norton 12 4
26 United States Robbie Petersen Yamaha 13 4
27 Austria Josef Doppler Yamaha 17 15 17 16 16 13 4
28 Italy Romolo Balbi Honda 13 17 3
29 Luxembourg Andy Leuthe Suzuki Ret 15 18 Ret 14 3
30 United Kingdom Steve Spray Norton 15 1
31 Australia Peter Goddard Yamaha 15 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
EUR
Europe
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
VDM
Europe
MAL
Malaysia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (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[4][5][edit]

Place Rider Number Team Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Luca Cadalora 3 Rothmans-Honda NSR250 237 8
2 Germany Helmut Bradl 4 HB-Honda NSR250 220 5
3 Spain Carlos Cardús 2 Repsol-Honda NSR250 205 0
4 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg 5 Sharp Samson Bieffe-Honda NSR250 158 0
5 Japan Masahiro Shimizu 7 Ajinomoto-Honda NSR250 142 0
6 Italy Loris Reggiani 13 Aprilia RSV250 128 1
7 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili 9 Iberna Valesi-Aprilia RSV250 107 1
8 Germany Jochen Schmid 8 Schuh Zwafink-Honda RS250 96 0
9 Germany Martin Wimmer 6 Lucky Strike-Suzuki RGV250 89 0
10 Italy Paolo Casoli 17 Agostini-Yamaha TZ250 65 0
11 Andy Preining 60
12 Jean Pierre Jeandat 59
13 Àlex Crivillé 51
14 Carlos Lavado 34
15 Doriano Romboni 32
16 Alberto Puig 28
17 Stefan Prein 28
18 Harald Eckl 22
19 Katsuyoshi Kozono 20
20 Renzo Colleoni 19
21 Bernard Haenggeli 15
22 Masumitsu Taguchi 13
23 Nobuatsu Aoki 13
24 Tetsuya Harada 10
25 Herri Torrontegui 8
26 Erkka Korpiaho 8
27 Max Biaggi 7
28 Tsumoto Udagawa 6
29 Marcellino Lucchi 5
30 Jose Barresi 4
30 Kyoji Nanba 4
30 Dominique Sarron 4
33 Frederic Protat 4
34 Urs Jücker 4
35 Leon Van Der Heyden 3
35 Patrick van den Goorbergh 3
37 Jurgen van den Goorbergh 2
38 Corrado Catalano 1
38 Bernd Kassner 1
38 Toshi Arakaki 1
38 Kevin Mitchell 1

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Loris Capirossi 1 Italy Honda 200 5
2 Italy Fausto Gresini 8 Italy Honda 181 2
3 West Germany Ralf Waldmann 23 Germany Honda 141 2
4 Italy Gabriele Debbia 12 Italy Aprilia 111 0
5 Japan Noboru Ueda Japan Honda 105 2
6 Spain Jorge Martínez 6 Spain Cobas 99 0
7 Italy Alessandro Gramigni 9 Italy Aprilia 90 1
8 Germany Dirk Raudies 5 Germany Honda 81 0
9 Germany Peter Öttl Germany Rotax 67 1
10 Japan Noboyuki Wakai Japan Honda 60 0
11 Heinz Lüthi 56
12 Adi Stadler 56
13 Kazuto Sakata 55
14 Hans Spaan 54
15 Bruno Casanova 45
16 Ezio Gianola 32
17 Koji Takada 28
18 Maurizio Vitali 27
19 Hisashi Unemoto 15
20 Kinya Wada 14
21 Masato Shima 13
22 Luis Alvaro 13
23 Oliver Petrucciani 13
24 Herri Torrontegui 12
25 Andres Sanchez 12
26 Gimmi Bosio 12
27 Julian Miralles 10
28 Alfred Waibel 9
29 Akira Saito 8
30 Sinya Sato 7
31 Carlos Giro Jr. 7
32 Arie Molenaar 7
33 Manuel Herreros 6
34 Ian McConnacchie 5
35 Steve Patrickson 5
36 Johnny Wickstroem 5
37 Yosuke Yamakawa 3
38 Peter Galvin 2
39 Alain Bronec 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 151. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  2. ^ 1991 500cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  3. ^ 1991 500cc Entries List at www.f1network.net
  4. ^ 1991 250cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  5. ^ 1991 250cc Entries List at www.f1network.net