1998 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  1998 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 14 races in the
1998 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Paul Ricard 1986.jpg
Date 31 May 1998
Official Name Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
Course Permanent racing facility
3.800 km (2.361 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Mick Doohan
Time 1:21.188
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:21.736
Podium
First Spain Àlex Crivillé
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third Spain Carlos Checa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Tetsuya Harada
Time 1:23.417
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Tetsuya Harada
Time 1:23.688
Podium
First Japan Tetsuya Harada
Second Italy Valentino Rossi
Third Italy Loris Capirossi
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Noboru Ueda
Time 1:29.002
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Masao Azuma
Time 1:29.519
Podium
First Japan Kazuto Sakata
Second Italy Marco Melandri
Third Japan Masao Azuma

The 1998 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifth round of the 1998 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 31 May 1998 at Le Castellet.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 4 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 31 42:41.128 3 25
2 1 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 31 +0.283 1 20
3 8 Spain Carlos Checa Honda 31 +0.498 2 16
4 19 United States John Kocinski Honda 31 +6.888 7 13
5 6 Italy Max Biaggi Honda 31 +10.447 4 11
6 20 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha 31 +16.305 6 10
7 5 Japan Norick Abe Yamaha 31 +16.791 9 9
8 3 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 31 +17.041 8 8
9 11 New Zealand Simon Crafar Yamaha 31 +20.553 12 7
10 15 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda 31 +23.754 11 6
11 55 France Régis Laconi Yamaha 31 +37.553 15 5
12 28 Germany Ralf Waldmann Modenas KR3 31 +43.819 13 4
13 10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Modenas KR3 31 +48.079 10 3
14 14 Spain Juan Borja Honda 31 +51.451 17 2
15 17 Netherlands Jurgen vd Goorbergh Honda 31 +1:03.343 16 1
16 22 France Sébastien Gimbert Honda 31 +1:14.072 18
17 18 Australia Garry McCoy Honda 31 +1:23.072 19
18 23 United States Matt Wait Honda 30 +1 lap 20
19 57 Italy Fabio Carpani Honda 30 +1 lap 22
Ret 9 Brazil Alex Barros Honda 22 Retirement 5
Ret 88 United Kingdom Scott Smart Honda 12 Retirement 21
Ret 77 Switzerland Eskil Suter MuZ 1 Accident 14
DNS 25 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 31 Japan Tetsuya Harada Aprilia 29 40:59.018 1 25
2 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia 29 +0.631 3 20
3 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Aprilia 29 +14.406 2 16
4 19 France Olivier Jacque Honda 29 +27.017 5 13
5 4 Italy Stefano Perugini Honda 29 +28.024 11 11
6 6 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 29 +28.045 4 10
7 9 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams TSR-Honda 29 +36.228 9 9
8 8 Spain Luis d'Antin Yamaha 29 +49.849 12 8
9 7 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Yamaha 29 +50.216 14 7
10 24 United Kingdom Jason Vincent TSR-Honda 29 +51.672 13 6
11 21 Italy Franco Battaini Yamaha 29 +53.376 19 5
12 11 Germany Jürgen Fuchs Aprilia 29 +1:01.689 7 4
13 17 Spain José Luis Cardoso Yamaha 29 +1:14.169 10 3
14 44 Italy Roberto Rolfo TSR-Honda 29 +1:18.169 17 2
15 68 France Julien Allemand Honda 28 +1 lap 24 1
16 14 Italy Davide Bulega ERP Honda 28 +1 lap 23
17 69 France Vincent Philippe Honda 28 +1 lap 26
18 70 France Franck Poulle Honda 28 +1 lap 28
Ret 71 France Hervé Mora Aprilia 24 Retirement 27
Ret 41 Argentina Federico Gartner Aprilia 21 Retirement 25
Ret 12 Japan Noriyasu Numata Suzuki 17 Accident 18
Ret 20 France William Costes Honda 13 Accident 16
Ret 37 Italy Luca Boscoscuro TSR-Honda 11 Retirement 15
Ret 5 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 8 Accident 6
Ret 27 Argentina Sebastián Porto Aprilia 5 Retirement 8
Ret 18 Japan Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 4 Collision 21
Ret 25 Japan Yasumasa Hatakeyama ERP Honda 4 Collision 20
Ret 16 Sweden Johan Stigefelt Suzuki 1 Retirement 22
DNS 67 France Matthieu Lagrive Honda

125 cc classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 4 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 27 40:57.583 2 25
2 13 Italy Marco Melandri Honda 27 +0.292 12 20
3 20 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 27 +0.393 9 16
4 15 Italy Roberto Locatelli Honda 27 +3.314 11 13
5 10 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda 27 +4.057 4 11
6 9 France Frédéric Petit Honda 27 +4.824 5 10
7 22 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia 27 +10.041 8 9
8 5 Japan Masaki Tokudome Aprilia 27 +14.660 18 8
9 26 Italy Ivan Goi Aprilia 27 +28.373 13 7
10 62 Japan Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha 27 +32.660 23 6
11 41 Japan Youichi Ui Yamaha 27 +35.533 7 5
12 21 France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 27 +35.617 10 4
13 59 Spain Jerónimo Vidal Aprilia 27 +48.609 21 3
14 17 Spain Enrique Maturana Yamaha 27 +51.162 20 2
15 18 Italy Paolo Tessari Aprilia 27 +57.049 14 1
16 65 Italy Andrea Iommi Honda 27 +1:24.700 24
17 67 France Randy de Puniet Honda 27 +1:29.236 27
18 69 France Jimmy Petit Honda 26 +1 Lap 28
Ret 7 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda 18 Retirement 17
Ret 3 Japan Tomomi Manako Honda 17 Retirement 3
Ret 29 Spain Ángel Nieto, Jr. Aprilia 17 Retirement 19
Ret 32 Italy Mirko Giansanti Honda 13 Accident 6
Ret 68 France Nicolas Dussauge Honda 13 Retirement 22
Ret 16 Italy Christian Manna Yamaha 11 Retirement 25
Ret 2 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda 6 Collision 1
Ret 8 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Honda 6 Collision 16
Ret 39 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Honda 5 Retirement 26
Ret 25 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia 2 Accident 15


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