1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1993 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 45th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Kevin Schwantz won the 1993 world championship in a season marred by the tragic end to his rival Wayne Rainey's career.[1] Schwantz started the season strong with four wins by the midpoint of the season. With three races remaining, Rainey had battled back to take the championship points lead while Schwantz nursed a wrist injury.[1] At the Italian Grand Prix, Rainey had just taken the lead and was pulling away when he fell. He suffered serious spinal injuries and would never walk again.[1] Rainey's accident marked the end of an era of American domination in Grand Prix racing.[1]

Newcomers Daryl Beattie and Alex Barros took their first wins (Barros after twice crashing out of the lead) while Mick Doohan struggled to recover from his serious leg injuries.[1] Freddie Spencer made one more comeback attempt but crashed in two of the first three rounds.[1] Honda entered factory test rider Shinichi Itoh on a third bike with development parts, rumored to include electronic fuel injection, as he was noticeably faster in a straight line that the other Honda riders.[1] When Itoh broke the 200 mph barrier at Hockenheim, it gave credence to these rumors.[1] Officially, all three bikes gained the injection system at the same time

A new star emerged on the 250 scene with Tetsuya Harada taking the crown in a tight battle with Loris Capirossi.[1] German privateer, Dirk Raudies won the 125 crown with 9 victories on a Honda.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Germany Dirk Raudies Japan Tetsuya Harada United States Kevin Schwantz Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Germany Dirk Raudies Japan Nobuatsu Aoki United States Wayne Rainey Report
3 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Germany Dirk Raudies Japan Tetsuya Harada United States Wayne Rainey Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Kazuto Sakata Japan Tetsuya Harada United States Kevin Schwantz Report
5 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Italy Doriano Romboni United States Kevin Schwantz Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Doriano Romboni Australia Daryl Beattie Report
7 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Loris Capirossi United States Kevin Schwantz Report
8 Europe European Grand Prix Catalunya Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Max Biaggi United States Wayne Rainey Report
9 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Mugello Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Loris Capirossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Germany Dirk Raudies France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Italy Luca Cadalora Report
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Japan Kazuto Sakata Italy Loris Reggiani United States Wayne Rainey Report
12 Italy Italian Grand Prix Misano Germany Dirk Raudies France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Italy Luca Cadalora Report
13 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Loris Capirossi United States John Kocinski Report
14 Europe FIM Grand Prix Jarama Germany Ralf Waldmann Japan Tetsuya Harada Brazil Alex Barros Report

Final standings[edit]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

500cc standings[2][3][edit]

Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
EUR
Europe
RSM
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
FIM
Europe
Pts
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 3 2 Ret 5 3 4 3 248
2 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 2 1 1 2 3 5 5 1 3 2 1 Ret 214
3 Australia Daryl Beattie Honda 4 2 3 6 7 1 Ret 4 6 6 6 7 5 2 176
4 Australia Mick Doohan Honda Ret 4 7 4 2 Ret 2 2 1 Ret 3 2 Ret 156
5 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha 8 DNQ Ret 5 5 8 7 15 5 1 2 1 3 Ret 145
6 Brazil Alex Barros Suzuki 5 7 6 Ret 4 Ret Ret 5 7 Ret 10 5 2 1 125
7 Japan Shinichi Itoh Honda 7 6 4 Ret 6 3 6 Ret 4 5 7 8 6 Ret 119
8 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 6 5 5 3 Ret 4 3 Ret Ret Ret 8 6 7 4 117
9 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha 10 8 13 7 11 9 8 6 8 3 Ret 9 8 8 103
10 United States Doug Chandler Cagiva 3 9 11 Ret 8 6 4 Ret DNQ 9 10 Ret 5 83
11 United States John Kocinski Cagiva 4 4 1 Ret 51
12 Spain Juan López Mella Yamaha Ret 13 Ret 8 13 14 Ret 7 Ret 7 14 12 10 Ret 46
13 Australia Mat Mladin Cagiva 9 10 Ret Ret 10 7 Ret 9 DNQ DNQ Ret Ret 6 45
14 France Jose Kuhn Yamaha 13 Ret 19 14 9 Ret 13 8 10 12 15 16 11 10 45
15 United Kingdom John Reynolds Yamaha Ret 12 Ret Ret 14 17 10 Ret 9 12 11 9 9 42
16 France Bernard Garcia Yamaha 12 Ret Ret DNQ 23 10 11 Ret 11 13 11 13 Ret 7 40
17 Italy Renzo Colleoni Yamaha 17 15 22 13 21 19 18 10 12 8 17 20 Ret Ret 22
18 Belgium Laurent Naveau Yamaha 11 11 16 Ret 12 12 15 Ret Ret 15 Ret 21 15 21
19 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Yamaha 16 14 15 9 16 Ret 16 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 14 19
20 Japan Tsumoto Udagawa Yamaha 14 Ret 14 10 15 11 14 Ret Ret 23 17 Ret 18
21 Germany Michael Rudroff Yamaha Ret 17 Ret Ret 17 13 12 17 Ret 10 13 15 18 Ret 17
22 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Yamaha Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret 16 19 12 11 17
23 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Cagiva 4 13
24 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha 8 8
25 Spain Juan Garriga Cagiva 9 7
26 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha 9 7
27 New Zealand Simon Crafar Yamaha Ret 18 Ret 9 Ret 7
28 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha 10 6
29 Italy Lucio Pedercini Yamaha 18 16 Ret 12 Ret Ret 15 Ret 20 17 Ret 15 6
30 Switzerland Serge David Yamaha 15 18 Ret 15 Ret 16 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 6
31 Italy Corrado Catalano Yamaha 11 Ret Ret 5
32 United Kingdom James Haydon Yamaha 11 Ret 5
33 Japan Toshi Arakaki Yamaha 23 23 12 4
34 New Zealand Andrew Stroud Yamaha 20 16 16 Ret Ret 18 Ret 12 4
35 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Yamaha Ret 24 18 17 Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 3
36 Austria Andreas Meklau Yamaha 19 21 24 18 24 18 17 13 Ret 17 18 24 19 Ret 3
37 United States Freddie Spencer Yamaha Ret Ret 14 2
38 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Yamaha 21 19 23 16 Ret 20 21 14 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 21 2
39 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Yamaha 14 2
40 France Bruno Bonhuil Yamaha Ret 22 20 20 22 15 Ret Ret Ret 18 22 25 20 17 1
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
EUR
Europe
RSM
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
FIM
Europe
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

250cc standings[4][5][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 Japan Tetsuya Harada 31 Japan Telkor Valesi-Yamaha YZR250 197 4
2 Italy Loris Capirossi 65 Italy Marlboro-Honda NSR250 193 3
3 Italy Loris Reggiani 13 Italy Aprilia RSV250 158 1
4 Italy Max Biaggi 5 Italy Rothmans-Honda NSR250 142 1
5 Italy Doriano Romboni 10 Italy HB-Honda Italy NSR250 139 2
6 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia 17 France Aprilia RSV250 129 2
7 Germany Helmut Bradl 4 Germany HB-Honda Germany NSR250 126 0
8 Japan Tadayuki Okada 18 Japan Rothmans-Honda NSR250 120 0
9 Spain Alberto Puig 6 Spain Ducados-Honda NSR250 106 0
10 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili 3 Italy Telkor Valesi-Yamaha YZR250 106 0
11 Nobuatsu Aoki 100
12 John Kocinski 80
13 Wilco Zeelenberg 50
14 Jochen Schmid 50
15 Luis D'Antin 43
16 Patrick van den Goorbergh 31
17 Andy Preining 30
18 Carlos Cardús 27
19 Eskil Suter 24
20 Adrian Bosshard 21
21 Simon Crafar 17
23 Jean-Michel Bayle 16
23 Carlos Checa 9
24 Takuma Aoki 8
25 Frédéric Protat 8
26 Paolo Casoli 7
27 Kenny Roberts Jr. 6
28 Marcellino Lucchi 5
29 Juan Borja 5
30 Alessandro Gramigni 2
30 Bernd Kassner 2
32 Jurgen van den Goorbergh 1
32 Jean-Pierre Jeandat 1
32 Bernard Haenggeli 1

125cc standings[6][7][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Germany Dirk Raudies 5 Germany Europa Raudies-Honda 280 9
2 Japan Kazuto Sakata 8 Japan F.C.C. Technical Sports-Honda 266 2
3 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura 36 Japan F.C.C. Technical Sports-Honda 177 1
4 Germany Ralf Waldmann 3 Germany Marlboro-Aprilia 160 1
5 Japan Noboru Ueda 7 Japan Marlboro-Honda 129 1
6 Japan Akira Saito 17 Japan Elf Kepla-Honda 117 0
7 Switzerland Olivier Petrucciani 15 Switzerland Marlboro-Aprilia 82 0
8 Spain Jorge Martínez 6 Spain Aspar-Honda 74 0
9 Spain Herri Torrontegui 12 Spain Semprucci-Aprilia 65 0
10 Germany Peter Öttl 11 Germany Deutschland-Aprilia 64 0
11 Fausto Gresini 61
12 Ezio Gianola 59
13 Oliver Koch 52
14 Haruchika Aoki 39
15 Stefan Prein 38
16 Manfred Baumann 36
17 Kinya Wada 30
19 Garry McCoy 25
20 Carlos Giro Jr. 22
21 Bruno Casanova 22
22 Luigi Ancona 22
23 Maik Stief 21
24 Neil Hodgson 18
25 Hans Spaan 16
26 Stefan Kurfiss 14
27 Carlos Checa 9
28 Hideyuki Nakajoh 8
29 Gabriele Debbia 7
30 Manfred Geissler 6
31 Ken Miyasaka 4
32 Julian Miralles 4
33 Emilio Cuppini 3
33 Sinya Sato 3
35 Arie Molenaar 1

Participants[edit]

500cc participants[edit]

No Rider Team Constructor Bike
1 United States Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500
7 Italy Luca Cadalora Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500
2 Australia Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda Honda NSR500
4 Australia Daryl Beattie Rothmans Honda Team Honda Honda NSR500
6 Japan Shinichi Ito Rothmans Honda Team Honda Honda NSR500
3 United States John Kocinski Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva GP500
5 United States Doug Chandler Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva GP500
12 Australia Mat Mladin Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva GP500
63 Spain Juan Garriga Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva GP500
68 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva GP500
8 Spain Àlex Crivillé Marlboro Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500
9 Brazil Alex Barros Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500
34 United States Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500
46 Australia Peter Goddard Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500
11 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Valvoline Team WCM Yamaha ROC Yamaha
13 Japan Toshi Arakaki Team ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha
23 Switzerland Serge David Team ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha
32 France Jose Kuhn Team ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha
38 Italy Corrado Catalano Team ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha
45 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Team ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha
14 Italy Marco Papa Librenti Corse Librenti Librenti 500
15 Japan Tsutomu Udagawa Team Udagawa Yamaha
16 Germany Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Yamaha
18 France Bernard Garcia Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
19 United States Freddie Spencer Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
32 France Jose Kuhn Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
39 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
40 France Jehan d'Orgeix Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
51 France Jean-Marc Deletang Yamaha Motor France Yamaha
20 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Team Millar Yamaha
21 Belgium Laurent Naveau Euroteam Yamaha
69 United Kingdom James Haydon Euroteam Yamaha
22 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell M.B.M. Racing Yamaha
24 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Team Doorakkers Yamaha
25 France Thierry Crine Team Ville de Paris Yamaha
27 Italy Renzo Colleoni Team Elit Yamaha
28 United Kingdom John Reynolds Padgett’s Motorcycles Yamaha
29 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Shell Team Harris Yamaha
41 United Kingdom Darren Dixon Shell Team Harris Yamaha
42 New Zealand Andrew Stroud Shell Team Harris Yamaha
44 United States Alan Scott Shell Team Harris Yamaha
30 Spain Juan Lopez Mella Lopez Mella Racing Team Yamaha
31 France Bruno Bonhuil M.T.D. Objectif 500 Yamaha
32 France Jose Kuhn Euromoto Yamaha
33 Austria Andreas Meklau ARC-Austrian Racing Company Yamaha
35 Switzerland Jean-Luc Romanens Argus Racing Team Yamaha
59 Switzerland Niggi Schmassmann Argus Racing Team Yamaha
36 Italy Lucio Pedercini Team Pedercini Yamaha
37 New Zealand Simon Crafar Peter Graves Racing Team Yamaha
43 United Kingdom David Jefferies Peter Graves Racing Team Yamaha
50 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Kirin Mets RT Yamaha Yamaha
69 United Kingdom James Haydon Team Great Britain Yamaha
72 Italy Aldeo Presciutti Se.Te.Ces.Co Yamaha
73 Italy Romolo Balbi Gibi Team Yamaha
74 United States Danny Walker Southwest Motorsports Yamaha
76 Italy Dario Marchetti Team G.O.J. Motor Yamaha
88 Australia Kevin Magee Nihontelecom RT Yamaha Yamaha
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

References[edit]