1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1996 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 48th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Honda's Mick Doohan continued his domination of the 500 class with 8 victories.[1] His Repsol Honda team-mate, Àlex Crivillé beat him to the line twice in Austria and the Czech Republic.[1] Luca Cadalora, now with the Kanemoto Honda team took two wins for the third consecutive year.[1] Suzuki's hopes were dashed when Daryl Beattie suffered head injuries in a pre-season crash.[1] He returned only to crash in Spain then two races later in France which effectively ended his career.[1] Loris Capirossi won his first 500 Grand Prix when Crivillé collided with his team-mate, Doohan on the last lap of the Australian round.[1] A new European team made its debut with the Elf team using a Swissauto V4 sidecar engine in an ROC chassis.[1] It proved to be fast but unreliable. Honda introduced the NSR500V, a V twin as a cost effective alternative for privateer teams.[1]

Max Biaggi claimed his third consecutive 250 championship for Aprilia.[1] Haruchika Aoki repeated as the 125 champion for Honda.[1] Newcomers winning their first Grands Prix were Norifumi Abe in the 500 class, Olivier Jacque in the 250 class and Valentino Rossi in the 125 class.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 31 March Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Italy Stefano Perugini Italy Max Biaggi Italy Luca Cadalora Report
2 7 April Indonesia Indonesian Grand Prix Sentul Japan Masaki Tokudome Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
3 21 April Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Masaki Tokudome Italy Max Biaggi Japan Norifumi Abe Report
4 12 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Haruchika Aoki Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 26 May Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Germany Peter Öttl Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
6 6 June France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Italy Stefano Perugini Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
7 29 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Emilio Alzamora Germany Ralf Waldmann Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 7 July Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring Japan Masaki Tokudome Germany Ralf Waldmann Italy Luca Cadalora Report
9 21 July United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Italy Stefano Perugini Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
10 4 August Austria Austrian Grand Prix Zeltweg Italy Ivan Goi Germany Ralf Waldmann Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
11 18 August Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
12 1 September Emilia-Romagna City of Imola Grand Prix Imola Japan Masaki Tokudome Germany Ralf Waldmann Australia Mick Doohan Report
13 15 September Catalonia Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya Japan Tomomi Manako Italy Max Biaggi Spain Carlos Checa Report
14 6 October Brazil Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro Japan Haruchika Aoki France Olivier Jacque Australia Mick Doohan Report
15 20 October Australia Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Australia Garry McCoy Italy Max Biaggi Italy Loris Capirossi Report

Final standings[edit]

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

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Australia Mick Doohan Honda NSR500 5 1 6 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 8 309
2 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda NSR500 Ret 4 2 Ret 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 2 3 2 6 245
3 Italy Luca Cadalora Honda NSR500 1 6 Ret 2 3 6 Ret 1 9 4 Ret 6 4 6 7 168
4 Brazil Alex Barros Honda NSR500 2 2 Ret 8 6 7 3 8 7 5 9 8 8 5 4 158
5 Japan Norifumi Abe Yamaha YZR500 8 9 1 Ret 11 4 6 6 3 3 11 5 10 3 Ret 148
6 United States Scott Russell Suzuki RGV500 4 7 3 DNS 5 4 4 5 6 3 7 11 9 Ret 133
7 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda NSR500V Ret Ret 4 3 7 Ret 13 7 4 11 7 3 5 8 2 132
8 Spain Carlos Checa Honda NSR500 3 5 10 10 DNS Ret 11 Ret 12 7 8 11 1 4 3 124
9 France Jean-Michel Bayle Yamaha YZR500 6 8 8 7 5 Ret 8 10 Ret 9 6 4 Ret 7 5 110
10 Italy Loris Capirossi Yamaha YZR500 Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 12 6 8 5 Ret 9 12 1 98
11 Spain Alberto Puig Honda NSR500 7 10 9 5 12 3 12 11 11 13 12 12 7 10 93
12 Japan Shinichi Ito Honda NSR500V Ret 13 11 9 8 Ret 10 9 10 Ret 10 9 6 11 9 77
13 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Yamaha YZR500 12 6 10 Ret 5 5 Ret Ret 4 10 Ret 13 11 69
14 Spain Juan Borja ELF 500 10 Ret 18 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 10 DNS Ret Ret 14 Ret 34
15 France Frédéric Protat ROC-Yamaha 9 14 Ret 13 15 8 15 14 14 Ret 19 Ret 13 16 13 32
16 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams ROC-Yamaha 14 12 13 14 16 11 14 Ret Ret 14 14 Ret 12 Ret Ret 26
17 Italy Lucio Pedercini ROC-Yamaha 12 Ret Ret 20 13 10 Ret 13 15 16 16 13 Ret 15 12 25
18 Australia Daryl Beattie Suzuki RGV500 5 Ret 4 DNS Ret DNS 24
19 Italy Doriano Romboni Aprilia RSA500 Ret 11 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 WD 23
20 United Kingdom Terry Rymer Suzuki RGV500 Ret 7 Ret Ret 12 13 Ret 16
21 United Kingdom James Haydon ROC-Yamaha 15 18 15 12 17 9 Ret DNS 13 17 Ret Ret 16
22 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Harris-Yamaha 11 15 17 15 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 16 Ret 9
23 Australia Peter Goddard Suzuki RGV500 10 6
24 United Kingdom Eugene McManus Yamaha Ret Ret 16 16 18 12 Ret 15 17 19 18 15 Ret Ret Ret 6
25 Japan Toshi Arakaki Harris-Yamaha 17 17 14 17 Ret 15 Ret 4
Paton V70 C10/2 Ret 15
26 Belgium Laurent Naveau ROC-Yamaha 13 16 Ret Ret 18 Ret 3
27 France Florian Ferracci ROC-Yamaha 13 3
Paton V70 C10/2 16
28 France Jean-Marc Delétang ROC-Yamaha Ret 14 2
29 Australia Paul Young Harris-Yamaha Ret 20 23 Ret 14 Ret Ret 2
30 New Zealand Andrew Stroud ROC-Yamaha Ret 14 2
31 United Kingdom Chris Walker ELF 500 16 15 20 Ret 15 17 2
32 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia RSA500 18 15 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 4 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 274
2 Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda DNS 3 8 3 3 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 3 2 2 268
3 France Olivier Jacque Honda 4 8 4 7 4 Ret Ret 2 3 Ret 2 2 2 1 3 193
4 Germany Jürgen Fuchs Honda 7 6 12 4 5 Ret 2 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 5 174
5 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda Ret 7 5 5 DNS 4 Ret 10 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 142
6 Spain Luis d'Antin Honda 3 4 9 6 9 10 6 5 Ret 2 8 6 13 7 8 138
7 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 6 5 6 Ret 8 5 7 11 8 6 11 Ret 7 Ret 7 105
8 Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 2 1 Ret 2 6 3 10 Ret DNS Ret 9 Ret 104
9 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Honda 5 10 10 8 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 5 6 91
10 Italy Luca Boscoscuro Aprilia 9 13 21 10 13 6 12 6 Ret 7 15 14 18 9 Ret 62
11 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh Honda 8 12 Ret Ret 15 12 4 Ret Ret 8 17 8 14 13 11 56
12 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Honda 12 Ret 11 14 Ret 13 Ret Ret 6 10 Ret 7 11 10 10 56
13 Switzerland Eskil Suter Aprilia Ret 11 19 Ret 12 7 5 13 10 Ret 7 Ret 9 15 Ret 55
14 Italy Cristiano Migliorati Honda 13 Ret Ret 13 10 9 11 9 9 Ret 12 Ret 8 Ret Ret 50
15 France Régis Laconi Honda Ret 16 14 Ret 14 11 Ret 8 7 9 16 Ret 10 Ret 12 43
16 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 2 Ret Ret 5 6 41
17 Italy Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 10 Ret 18 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 10 12 6 9 41
18 United Kingdom Jamie Robinson Aprilia 11 Ret 22 9 17 Ret 9 Ret Ret 17 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 26
19 Argentina Sebastián Porto Aprilia Ret 9 16 12 16 16 Ret 20 13 Ret Ret 12 12 13 25
20 Japan Osamu Miyazaki Aprilia 15 Ret 13 15 20 Ret 8 12 12 Ret Ret 16 15 Ret DNS 22
21 Japan Noriyasu Numata Suzuki 2 20
22 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda Ret 17 20 11 24 Ret Ret 19 11 18 14 18 20
Yamaha Ret 8 Ret
23 Japan Daijiro Kato Honda 3 16
24 Italy Davide Bulega Aprilia 14 14 Ret 16 21 17 13 18 15 Ret 19 10 17 Ret Ret 14
25 Switzerland Oliver Petrucciani Aprilia Ret 19 24 Ret 18 15 Ret 14 Ret 11 13 17 Ret 14 Ret 13
26 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Honda Ret 18 Ret 19 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 11 16 11 Ret 10
27 Japan Kensuke Haga Yamaha 7 9
28 Japan Yasumasa Hatakeyama Honda Ret 15 15 18 22 14 14 15 Ret 15 18 15 DNS 16 Ret 9
29 Italy Alessandro Antonello Aprilia 19 Ret 13 12 DNS 19 17 15 8
30 Italy Massimo Ottobre Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 17 11 18 15 6
31 Spain José Luis Cardoso Aprilia Ret Ret 23 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 3
32 France Christophe Cogan Honda Ret 20 25 Ret 28 21 16 17 14 19 20 20 Ret 18 Ret 2
33 France Christian Boudinot Aprilia Ret Ret Ret Ret 25 Ret Ret 16 18 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
34 Australia Marcus Payten Honda 19 14 2
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc standings[4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 2 2 2 1 2 7 3 3 8 NC 6 NC 5 1 2 220
2 Japan Masaki Tokudome Aprilia 4 1 1 6 14 NC NC 1 2 4 13 1 Ret 3 3 193
3 Japan Tomomi Manako Honda 7 7 4 8 9 2 5 8 3 8 3 6 1 NC 9 167
4 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda 5 NC NC 2 7 3 1 4 NC NC 5 2 4 2 NC 158
5 Spain Jorge Martínez Aprilia NC 5 8 NC 13 NC 9 7 4 6 2 3 8 4 4 131
6 Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia 1 8 12 7 NC 1 13 2 1 NC 14 NC 9 NC 128
7 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda 9 6 3 3 12 4 4 12 6 11 NC 11 11 6 8 126
8 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 10 14 Ret 5 3 8 7 11 5 9 4 12 3 11 Ret 113
9 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia 6 11 11 4 4 Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 1 5 Ret Ret 14 111
10 Italy Ivan Goi Honda 16 13 19 10 8 12 2 10 12 1 9 7 9 15 5 110
11 Germany Peter Öttl Aprilia 3 3 NC 11 1 NC 6 11 5 7 NC NC 97
12 Australia Garry McCoy Aprilia 12 Ret Ret Ret 20 9 18 Ret 14 Ret 11 4 2 5 1 87
13 Germany Dirk Raudies Honda NC 4 NC 13 NC 6 6 16 NC 2 10 14 10 10 11 81
14 Japan Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha NC NC NC 9 16 5 NC 18 7 16 12 8 7 12 7 61
15 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda NC 12 7 NC 6 Ret NC 14 9 18 8 NC Ret 7 6 59
16 Germany Manfred Geissler Aprilia NC NC 5 12 10 11 8 9 20 10 16 9 NC 16 NC 54
17 Japan Akira Saito Honda 8 9 NC 24 5 10 16 19 NC 12 15 16 Ret 17 10 43
18 Japan Youichi Ui Yamaha Ret Ret 17 18 15 14 Ret 10 7 Ret Ret 6 8 36
19 France Frédéric Petit Honda 11 15 20 18 NC 13 11 15 NC 15 18 10 NC 14 12 28
20 Spain Herri Torrontegui Honda 20 NC 14 10 21 15 13 19 15 12 NC 15 18
21 Italy Andrea Ballerini Aprilia 13 10 17 19 11 NC NC NC 19 NC NC 20 14
22 United Kingdom Darren Barton Aprilia NC 16 9 14 22 NC NC NC 13 NC NC 18 NC 12
23 Czech Republic Jaroslav Hules Honda 14 17 14 22 15 NC NC 17 18 17 17 13 13 15 NC 12
24 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 6 10
25 Spain Josep Sarda Honda 19 19 16 16 17 NC NC 13 NC 14 NC NC 13 8
26 Japan Shigeru Ibaraki Yamaha 10 6
27 Netherlands Loek Bodelier Honda 18 NC 21 NC 17 12 NC NC 20 24 NC NC Ret NC 4
28 Italy Paolo Tessari Honda 15 18 13 NC 16 17 20 17 NC 20 17 4
29 Italy Luigi Ancona Aprilia 23 18 13 3
30 Italy Mirko Giansanti Honda NC 14 NC 16 2
31 Italy Gabriele Debbia Yamaha NC NC NC 23 21 18 15 NC 16 NC 23 21 15 19 17 2
32 Japan Shinichi Sugaya Honda 15 1
33 Spain Jose Ramon Ramirez Yamaha NC 15 NC 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
INA
Indonesia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
RIO
Brazil
AUS
Australia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

Participants[edit]

500cc participants[edit]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Team Repsol Honda Honda Honda NSR500 (NV0W) 1 Australia Mick Doohan All
4 Spain Àlex Crivillé All
Honda NSR500V (NVAA) 6 Japan Tadayuki Okada All
41 Japan Shinichi Itoh All
Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR86) 2 Australia Daryl Beattie 3–6, 13–14
11 United States Scott Russell 1–4, 6–15
21 Japan Katsuaki Fujiwara 1
53 3
26 United Kingdom Terry Rymer 5, 7–12
42 Australia Peter Goddard 15
Kanemoto Honda Honda Honda NSR500 3 Italy Luca Cadalora All
Honda Pileri Honda Honda NSR500 7 Brazil Alex Barros All
ELF 500 ROC Elf Elf 500 8 Spain Juan Borja All
14 Switzerland Adrian Bosshard 1–5, 7–8
28 France William Costes 6
44 United Kingdom Chris Walker 9–14
48 Australia Marty Craggill 15
Marlboro Yamaha Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWJ1) 9 Japan Norick Abe All
10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. 3–15
12 France Jean-Michel Bayle All
QUB Team Optimum ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 13 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams All
ELC Lease ROC ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 14 Switzerland Adrian Bosshard 10–13
16 Belgium Laurent Naveau 1–3, 8, 14–15
25 France Jean-Marc Deletang 5–6
IP Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSW-2 15 Italy Doriano Romboni 1–8, 12
29 Italy Marcellino Lucchi 10–11
Fortuna Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 17 Spain Alberto Puig 1–14
24 Spain Carlos Checa All
WCM ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 18 United Kingdom James Haydon 1–12
30 New Zealand Andrew Stroud 13–15
33 United States Chris Taylor 14
Harris Grand Prix Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 19 United Kingdom Sean Emmett 1–13
32 Belgium Stephane Mertens 14–15
Padgett's Racing Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 20 Japan Toshiyuki Arakaki 1–8
Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 96 Japan Paul Young 9–15
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C10/2 20 Japan Toshiyuki Arakaki 14–15
51 France Jean-Pierre Jeandat 1–7, 9–13
66 Italy Marco Papa 12
70 France Florian Ferracci 8
Team Pedercini ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 22 Italy Lucio Pedercini All
Millar Racing Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 23 United Kingdom Eugene McManus All
Soverex FP Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 27 France Frédéric Protat All
70 France Florian Ferracci 6
Team HRC Honda Honda NSR500 52 Japan Takuma Aoki 3
Suzuki Deutschland Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 54 Germany Michael Rudroff 8
Team Schmassmann Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 55 Switzerland Niggi Schmassmann 8
RTM Corse RTM RTM 500 64 Italy Andrea Zambotti 12
Marlboro Yamaha Rainey Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWJ1) 65 Italy Loris Capirossi All
Team Leone Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 66 Italy Marco Papa 5
Team Truchsess ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 69 Austria Karl Truchsess 10
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ 1996 500cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  3. ^ 1996 500cc Entries List at www.f1network.net
  4. ^ 1996 125cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com