1997 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1997 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1997 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 49th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

A fourth world championship in a row for Honda's Mick Doohan with another dominating performance. He broke Giacomo Agostini's record for victories in one season with 12 wins.[1] It was also dominating year for Honda with eight of the top ten riders aboard Hondas.[1] The Yamaha and Suzuki teams were in disarray.[1] Kenny Roberts left Yamaha to start his own venture with a lightweight, three-cylinder Modenas.[1] Wayne Rainey's team was left with the inconsistent Norifumi Abe and Sete Gibernau, a rookie.[1] Daryl Beattie wasn't able to come back from head injuries and retired at the end of the year while Anthony Gobert failed a drug test and was dismissed by the Suzuki team.[1] The Elf team soldiered on with their Swiss-Auto V4 but Aprilia decided to pull their V twin from the 500 class at the end of the year.[1]

Max Biaggi had a harder time defending his title from Tetsuya Harada and Ralf Waldmann, not clinching the title until the last race of the year.[1] A new star emerged from the 125 class with Valentino Rossi winning 11 races for a commanding win on an Aprilia.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 13 April Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
2 20 April Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Noboru Ueda Japan Daijiro Kato Australia Mick Doohan Report
3 4 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Italy Valentino Rossi Germany Ralf Waldmann Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
4 18 May Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 1 June Austria Austrian Grand Prix Zeltweg Japan Noboru Ueda France Olivier Jacque Australia Mick Doohan Report
6 8 June France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
7 28 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 6 July Emilia-Romagna City of Imola Grand Prix Imola Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
9 20 July Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
10 3 August Brazil Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro Italy Valentino Rossi France Olivier Jacque Australia Mick Doohan Report
11 17 August United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Italy Valentino Rossi Germany Ralf Waldmann Australia Mick Doohan Report
12 31 August Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
13 14 September Spain Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya Italy Valentino Rossi Germany Ralf Waldmann Australia Mick Doohan Report
14 28 September Indonesia Indonesian Grand Prix Sentul Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Japan Tadayuki Okada Report
15 5 October Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Japan Noboru Ueda Germany Ralf Waldmann Spain Àlex Crivillé Report

Standings[edit]

Riders' standings[edit]

500cc[edit]

Sources[2][3]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 Ret 340
2 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda 10 3 3 Ret 2 3 12 5 2 2 2 Ret 6 1 4 197
3 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 3 5 5 3 4 Ret 4 2 4 4 4 3 5 4 Ret 179
4 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 2 2 1 4 5 4 DNS 4 3 3 1 172
5 Japan Takuma Aoki Honda 5 4 4 Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 3 DNS 10 6 7 7 2 134
6 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha 4 11 11 2 3 Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 5 2 4 Ret Ret 129
7 Japan Norifumi Abe Yamaha 8 7 7 7 9 7 10 7 Ret 5 9 5 12 5 3 126
8 Spain Carlos Checa Honda 6 6 Ret Ret 6 2 2 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 6 10 119
9 Brazil Alex Barros Honda 11 10 8 6 13 6 6 9 6 Ret 3 8 Ret Ret 8 101
10 Italy Doriano Romboni Aprilia 6 11 10 11 3 Ret 5 7 7 Ret 10 10 11 88
11 Australia Daryl Beattie Suzuki Ret Ret 12 5 11 12 7 13 12 13 6 10 17 12 DNS 63
12 Spain Alberto Puig Honda 7 8 Ret Ret 8 8 5 12 10 14 Ret 13 15 14 15 63
13 Spain Sete Gibernau Yamaha 9 Ret 9 9 Ret 13 19 11 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 6 56
14 France Régis Laconi Honda 12 12 10 10 Ret 9 Ret 7 11 16 5 52
15 Australia Anthony Gobert Suzuki DNS 13 7 10 13 10 9 10 Ret 12 44
16 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Modenas KR3 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 8 17 Ret Ret 11 9 8 9 14 37
17 Spain Juan Borja ELF 500 14 Ret DNS Ret 12 9 15 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret 37
18 France Jean-Michel Bayle Modenas KR3 Ret 14 13 8 14 Ret Ret 8 Ret 8 DNS Ret Ret Ret 16 31
19 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh Honda 15 15 14 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 11 11 13 11 14 Ret 12 29
20 Germany Jürgen Fuchs ELF 500 Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 16 9 14 13 6 15 Ret 16 11 Ret 28
21 Australia Kirk McCarthy ROC Yamaha Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret DNS 15 15 12 20
Yamaha 12 Ret 13 15 13
22 Australia Peter Goddard Suzuki 13 Ret 13 9 13
23 Australia Troy Corser Yamaha 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 14 11
24 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 7 9
25 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha 9 7
26 France Bernard Garcia Honda 17 11 Ret 14 7
27 Belgium Laurent Naveau ROC Yamaha 17 Ret 19 16 15 Ret 16 Ret 16 16 18 14 19 18 19 3
28 United Kingdom Jason Vincent Honda 14 2
29 Italy Lucio Pedercini ROC Yamaha 16 Ret 17 15 16 19 18 16 Ret 15 16 Ret 18 17 17 2
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc[edit]

Source[4]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Italy Max Biaggi Honda 1 7 3 1 3 2 DSQ 1 4 5 Ret 1 2 1 2 250
2 Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda 4 5 1 4 2 3 2 4 3 12 1 4 1 7 1 248
3 Japan Tetsuya Harada Aprilia 2 3 2 Ret 18 1 1 5 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 235
4 France Olivier Jacque Honda 3 DNS 7 5 1 Ret Ret 2 2 1 4 2 6 3 3 201
5 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 6 2 Ret Ret 5 5 4 3 6 3 5 5 3 2 8 173
6 Italy Loris Capirossi Aprilia Ret 11 Ret 3 4 4 3 Ret 5 4 3 Ret 5 14 DNS 116
7 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura T.S. Honda Ret 4 4 Ret 7 Ret 6 Ret 13 8 6 6 7 5 4 109
8 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 5 8 5 14 8 6 Ret 8 9 7 8 Ret 8 6 14 102
9 Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia Ret Ret 6 7 6 Ret 5 Ret Ret 6 7 7 Ret 8 7 85
10 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Honda 9 16 9 9 Ret 11 9 7 8 10 Ret 11 10 10 73
11 Argentina Sebastián Porto Aprilia Ret 12 Ret 10 9 7 Ret Ret 16 9 9 10 18 9 9 60
12 Japan Noriyasu Numata Suzuki 14 9 8 6 10 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret 55
13 Japan Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 11 Ret 12 15 Ret 10 8 9 18 Ret Ret 14 10 13 11 47
14 Italy Franco Battaini Yamaha 13 21 14 13 14 12 11 11 11 11 15 15 12 12 44
15 Italy Cristiano Migliorati Honda 8 22 Ret Ret 16 DNS 13 13 15 11 Ret 9 16 11 13 35
16 Spain Luis d'Antin Yamaha Ret 17 11 11 11 8 10 Ret 17 Ret Ret 13 Ret 16 32
17 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda 7 DNS Ret DNS Ret 10 10 14 Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 31
18 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 2 Ret 6 30
19 Japan Daijiro Kato Honda 1 25
20 France William Costes Honda Ret Ret 19 17 13 9 7 12 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 23
21 Spain José Luis Cardoso Honda Ret 20 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 15 13 11 14 Ret Ret 19
22 United Kingdom Jamie Robinson Suzuki Ret 14 16 8 12 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 18
23 Switzerland Oliver Petrucciani Aprilia 10 18 13 16 15 12 16 19 17 Ret Ret Ret 16 17 14
24 Italy Luca Boscoscuro Honda 15 19 15 12 Ret Ret Ret 14 13 Ret Ret 17 15 15 13
25 Italy Giuseppe Fiorillo Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 12 16 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 12
26 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 6 10
27 Australia Troy Bayliss Suzuki 6 10
28 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 10 6
29 Spain Eustaquio Gavira Aprilia 12 Ret 17 Ret 19 DNS 15 Ret 21 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 5
30 United Kingdom Scott Smart Honda 12 4
31 Japan Naoto Ogura Yamaha 13 3
32 France Sébastien Gimbert Honda 13 3
33 Spain Idalio Gavira Aprilia Ret DNS Ret 18 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
34 Netherlands Maurice Bolwerk Honda 14 Ret 2
35 United Kingdom John McGuinness Aprilia 14 2
36 Japan Choujun Kameya Suzuki 15 1
37 Switzerland Claudio Vanzetta Aprilia 15 17 1
38 United Kingdom Callum Ramsay Honda 15 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc[edit]

Source[5]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 6 321
2 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda 3 1 2 4 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 2 3 1 3 4 1 238
3 Japan Tomomi Manako Honda 7 12 5 5 3 2 2 2 Ret 4 8 2 5 5 3 190
4 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 2 2 7 6 6 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 Ret 9 2 2 2 179
5 Japan Masaki Tokudome Aprilia 5 13 4 7 5 DNS 7 Ret 9 10 2 8 11 6 8 120
6 Spain Jorge Martínez Aprilia 6 5 3 2 Ret DNS 6 6 6 7 Ret Ret 12 3 13 119
7 Australia Garry McCoy Aprilia Ret 7 Ret 3 4 3 Ret 4 Ret 13 4 11 9 9 9 109
8 Italy Roberto Locatelli Honda 17 11 8 14 8 Ret 8 7 Ret 11 5 4 7 10 4 97
9 Italy Mirko Giansanti Aprilia 4 18 12 16 Ret 7 Ret 10 7 6 7 12 4 Ret 10 83
10 France Frédéric Petit Honda 9 10 13 9 10 5 9 Ret 4 9 9 15 10 14 Ret 83
11 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Honda 16 9 21 12 9 8 13 11 12 Ret 11 6 8 7 5 81
12 Japan Youichi Ui Yamaha Ret Ret 22 10 7 4 5 8 Ret 3 Ret 10 18 8 Ret 77
13 Japan Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha 8 6 10 15 Ret 6 Ret 12 2 16 6 Ret 13 21 14 74
14 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda 10 Ret 15 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 8 10 5 6 13 7 73
15 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 12 4 9 11 11 9 10 9 Ret 17 13 Ret Ret 11 12 66
16 Germany Manfred Geissler Honda 18 23 17 17 12 16 31
Aprilia 13 Ret 3 Ret 12 13 DNS Ret 15
17 Spain Juan Enrique Maturana Yamaha Ret 24 19 18 14 11 14 Ret 10 15 15 16 Ret 17 11 22
18 Italy Ivan Goi Aprilia 13 14 11 13 12 16 15 Ret 13 18 17 Ret 21
19 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia 21 21 18 22 15 13 17 18 Ret 12 16 7 14 15 16 20
20 Italy Gino Borsoi Yamaha 22 15 23 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 8 14 Ret Ret 16 12 Ret 19
21 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Honda 11 Ret 14 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret DNS Ret 14 Ret 20 Ret 17
22 Japan Hideyuki Nakajoh Honda 3 16
23 Germany Peter Öttl Aprilia Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 15 11
24 Japan Kazuhiro Takao Honda 8 8
25 Germany Dirk Raudies Honda 14 Ret 20 20 Ret 10 Ret 17 Ret 20 Ret 19 17 Ret Ret 8
26 Spain Ángel Nieto Jr. Aprilia 19 22 24 23 16 15 16 14 11 Ret 19 Ret Ret 16 17 8
27 Spain Josep Sardá Honda 15 19 26 19 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret 18 DNS 19 18 3
28 Germany Alex Hofmann Yamaha 14 2
29 United Kingdom Darren Barton Honda 14 2
30 Germany Benny Jerzenbeck Honda Ret 18 15 Ret 1
31 Spain Álvaro Molina Honda Ret 15 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

500cc[edit]

Source[2]

Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Japan Honda 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 375
2 Japan Yamaha 4 7 7 2 3 7 10 6 7 3 5 2 4 5 3 188
3 Japan Suzuki Ret 13 12 5 7 10 7 10 9 10 6 10 17 12 7 90
4 Italy Aprilia Ret DNS 6 11 10 11 3 Ret 5 7 7 Ret 10 10 11 88
5 Malaysia Modenas KR3 Ret 14 13 8 14 Ret 8 8 Ret 8 11 9 8 9 14 68
6 France ELF 500 14 Ret 16 Ret 12 9 9 14 8 6 8 Ret 9 11 Ret 60
7 France ROC Yamaha 16 16 15 14 15 19 16 15 15 12 16 14 18 17 17 12
Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts

250cc[edit]

Source[4]

Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Japan Honda 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 360
2 Italy Aprilia 2 3 2 2 4 1 1 5 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 268
3 Japan T.S. Honda Ret 4 4 Ret 7 Ret 6 Ret 13 8 6 6 7 5 4 109
4 Japan Yamaha 11 10 10 11 11 8 8 9 11 15 11 11 10 12 11 81
5 Japan Suzuki 14 6 8 6 10 Ret Ret 15 7 Ret 10 13 9 Ret 6 72
Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts

125cc[edit]

Source[5]

Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 Italy Aprilia 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 351
2 Japan Honda 3 1 2 4 1 2 2 2 4 2 3 1 3 4 1 287
3 Japan Yamaha 8 6 10 10 7 4 5 8 2 3 6 10 13 8 11 139
Pos Manufacturer MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
FRA
France
NED
Netherlands
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
GER
Germany
RIO
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
CAT
Spain
INA
Indonesia
AUS
Australia
Pts

500 cc participants[edit]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Repsol Honda Honda Honda NSR500 (NV0X) 1 Australia Mick Doohan All
2 Spain Àlex Crivillé 1–7, 12–15
7 Japan Tadayuki Okada All
Honda NSR500V (NVAB) 24 Japan Takuma Aoki All
Yamaha Promotor Racing Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWH0) 3 Italy Luca Cadalora 1–3
11 Australia Troy Corser 1–3
Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWH0) 3 Italy Luca Cadalora 4–15
11 Australia Troy Corser 4–7
22 Australia Kirk McCarthy 11–15
ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 9–10
Honda Gresini Honda Honda NSR500V 4 Brazil Alex Barros All
Yamaha Team Rainey Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWH0) 5 Japan Norick Abe All
20 Spain Sete Gibernau All
Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR87) 6 Australia Daryl Beattie All
23 Australia Anthony Gobert 1, 4–12
26 Japan Yukio Kagayama 15
27 Australia Peter Goddard 2–3
14–15
MoviStar Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 8 Spain Carlos Checa All
9 Spain Alberto Puig All
Marlboro Team Roberts Modenas Modenas KR3 10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. All
12 France Jean-Michel Bayle All
Tecmas Honda Elf Honda Honda NSR500V 13 France Bernard Garcia 6–9
55 France Regis Laconi 1–5, 10–15
ELF 500 ROC Elf Elf 500 14 Spain Juan Borja All
16 Germany Jürgen Fuchs All
Soverex FP Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 15 France Frédéric Protat 1–3
Honda Honda NSR500V 4–15
Team Pedercini ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 17 Italy Lucio Pedercini All
Rheos ELF F.C.C. T.S. Honda Honda NSR500 18 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki All
IP Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSW-2 19 Italy Doriano Romboni 3–15
39 Italy Alessandro Gramigni 1–2
Team Millar MQP Honda Honda NSR500V 21 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh All
World Champ Motorsports ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 22 Australia Kirk McCarthy 1–8
Millet Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 25 Belgium Laurent Naveau All
Marlboro Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 51 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara 2
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C10/3 53 Italy Francesco Monaco 4, 8
Padgett's Honda Honda NSR500V 98 United Kingdom Jason Vincent 11
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ a b "1997 Australian Grand Prix – 500cc – World Championship Classification" (PDF). dorna.com. Dorna Sports. 5 October 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 November 1997. 
  3. ^ 1997 500cc Entries List at www.f1network.net
  4. ^ a b "1997 Australian Grand Prix – 250cc – World Championship Classification" (PDF). dorna.com. Dorna Sports. 5 October 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 November 1997. 
  5. ^ a b "1997 Australian Grand Prix – 125cc – World Championship Classification" (PDF). dorna.com. Dorna Sports. 5 October 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 November 1997.