1998 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1998 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1998 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 50th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Mick Doohan and Honda continued to dominate the 500 class with the Australian taking 8 victories and Honda winning all but one race.[1] Simon Crafar winning the British Grand Prix for Yamaha's lone victory.[1] After being shocked by 500 class rookie Max Biaggi's opening round victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, Doohan went on to claim his fifth world championship in as many years, finishing off the season with four consecutive wins.[1]

A controversial finish marked the 250 title race. Aprilia team-mates Tetsuya Harada and Loris Capirossi both went into the final race in Argentina with a chance to win the title, Capirossi leading Harada by 4 points.[1] With one corner to go, Harada was in second, with Capirossi third, which would have given Harada the championship on tiebreak. Entering the final turn, his bike was struck from behind by Capirossi's machine, sending both riders off the track.[1] Valentino Rossi took the win with Capirossi recovering to finish in second and claiming the title.[1] Afterwards, Aprilia would release Capirossi from his contract.[1]

Kazuto Sakata would win his second 125 title for Aprilia after a tight battle with Tomomi Manako and Marco Melandri.[1]

Grand Prix[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 5 April Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Kazuto Sakata Japan Daijiro Kato Italy Max Biaggi Report
2 19 April Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Johor Japan Noboru Ueda Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
3 3 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Kazuto Sakata Italy Loris Capirossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
4 17 May Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Japan Tomomi Manako Italy Marcellino Lucchi Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 31 May France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Japan Kazuto Sakata Japan Tetsuya Harada Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
6 14 June Community of Madrid Madrid Grand Prix Jarama Italy Lucio Cecchinello Japan Tetsuya Harada Spain Carlos Checa Report
7 27 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Marco Melandri Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 5 July United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Japan Kazuto Sakata Italy Loris Capirossi New Zealand Simon Crafar Report
9 19 July Germany German Grand Prix Sachsenring Japan Tomomi Manako Japan Tetsuya Harada Australia Mick Doohan Report
10 23 August Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Italy Marco Melandri Japan Tetsuya Harada Italy Max Biaggi Report
11 6 September Emilia-Romagna City of Imola Grand Prix Imola Japan Tomomi Manako Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
12 20 September Catalonia Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya Japan Tomomi Manako Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
13 4 October Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Japan Masao Azuma Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
14 25 October Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Japan Tomomi Manako Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Mick Doohan Report

Final standings[edit]

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

  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year award.
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Australia Mick Doohan Honda Ret 1 2 1 2 Ret 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 260
2 Italy Max Biaggi Honda 1 3 3 2 5 6 2 6 2 1 3 Ret 8 5 208
3 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 4 4 1 3 1 5 6 4 3 2 2 Ret 3 Ret 198
4 Spain Carlos Checa Honda 8 2 4 4 3 1 5 DNQ 7 10 6 DNS 8 139
5 Brazil Alex Barros Honda 7 Ret 5 9 Ret 9 4 5 4 3 4 7 4 3 138
6 Japan Norick Abe Yamaha 14 Ret 6 6 7 2 Ret 3 Ret 5 6 3 5 4 128
7 New Zealand Simon Crafar Yamaha 9 Ret 13 7 9 8 3 1 Ret 11 11 5 2 13 119
8 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda 2 Ret 7 DNQ 8 4 7 2 9 2 106
9 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 6 Ret 8 8 8 4 7 7 10 12 9 11 6 12 101
10 France Régis Laconi Yamaha DNS 14 10 11 7 9 8 5 9 12 8 7 6 86
11 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda 10 Ret 12 14 10 3 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 4 Ret 9 72
12 United States John Kocinski Honda 13 5 11 5 4 Ret DNS 15 13 9 12 10 64
13 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Modenas KR3 11 11 9 Ret 13 DNQ 12 Ret 6 10 14 10 10 11 59
14 Germany Ralf Waldmann Modenas KR3 Ret 9 10 11 12 10 DNS 7 13 15 12 Ret 15 46
15 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh Honda Ret 8 18 16 15 Ret 10 9 8 16 Ret 13 11 14 40
16 France Jean-Michel Bayle Yamaha 8 5 Ret 7 28
17 Australia Garry McCoy Honda Ret 10 15 13 17 11 11 13 Ret DNS Ret 23
18 Japan Kyoji Nanba Yamaha 5 Ret 16 12 9 22
19 United States Matt Wait Honda Ret 12 20 Ret 18 13 13 Ret 14 20 18 14 13 17 17
20 Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha 3 16
21 United Kingdom Scott Smart Honda Ret 21 19 Ret 12 14 10 Ret 21 Ret 15 15 Ret 14
22 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 6 19 17 10
23 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha 6 Ret 10
Suzuki Ret
MuZ Ret
24 France Bernard Garcia Honda 15 11 12 Ret 10
25 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha 7 9
26 Switzerland Eskil Suter MuZ 18 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 Ret Ret 7
27 Spain Gregorio Lavilla Honda 11 5
28 Italy Doriano Romboni MuZ 12 DNS 4
29 United Kingdom John McGuinness Honda 12 4
30 France Sébastien Gimbert Honda Ret 13 17 15 16 DNQ 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 4
31 Spain Fernando Cristóbal Honda 15 14 15 4
32 Spain Juan Borja Honda 15 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret DNS 17 17 Ret 16 18 3
33 Australia Mark Willis Suzuki 14 2
34 Italy Fabio Carpani Honda 16 Ret Ret 20 19 16 DNQ 15 16 Ret 19 Ret Ret 20 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
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[4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Italy Loris Capirossi Aprilia 7 5 1 4 3 3 Ret 1 4 2 2 3 2 2 224
2 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia Ret Ret 2 2 2 Ret 1 Ret 3 Ret 1 1 1 1 201
3 Japan Tetsuya Harada Aprilia 4 1 DSQ 3 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 10 2 Ret Ret 200
4 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda Ret 2 4 7 Ret 2 5 4 Ret 5 4 5 5 4 145
5 France Olivier Jacque Honda 5 3 3 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 5 4 3 3 112
6 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 11 4 6 6 6 Ret 3 5 Ret 6 6 7 8 Ret 112
7 Italy Stefano Perugini Honda 12 6 7 5 5 Ret Ret 3 Ret 11 3 6 6 Ret 102
8 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Yamaha 15 11 8 12 9 7 7 8 6 8 9 10 12 11 91
9 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams TSR-Honda 10 7 Ret Ret 7 9 12 7 2 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 87
10 Spain Luis D'Antin Yamaha DNS Ret 9 9 8 6 4 9 12 12 11 16 7 Ret 74
11 Spain José Luis Cardoso Yamaha 8 10 Ret 8 13 5 Ret 10 7 10 12 Ret Ret Ret 61
12 Italy Roberto Rolfo TSR-Honda Ret 12 13 Ret 14 10 10 12 11 15 8 8 13 5 61
13 United Kingdom Jason Vincent TSR-Honda 19 14 Ret Ret 10 8 8 6 5 7 15 11 Ret 60
14 Italy Luca Boscoscuro TSR-Honda 18 Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 9 DNS 8 9 7 12 10 10 58
15 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 5 1 3 Ret Ret 52
16 Japan Noriyasu Numata Suzuki 9 12 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 11 9 14 14 13 9 7 52
17 Germany Jürgen Fuchs Aprilia 17 8 Ret Ret 12 4 2 Ret DNS 45
18 Italy Franco Battaini Yamaha Ret Ret 12 11 11 DNS 13 13 9 Ret 9 34
19 Japan Shinya Nakano Yamaha 2 4 33
20 Sweden Johan Stigefelt Suzuki Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 12 15 13 Ret 16 21 15 11 8 22
21 Argentina Sebastián Porto Aprilia Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17
22 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 3 16
23 Japan Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 14 15 10 Ret Ret DNS 18 18 14 15 14 14
24 Italy Davide Bulega Honda 20 Ret Ret 14 11
ERP-Honda 16 14 17 DNS 13 20 16 Ret Ret 12
25 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 6 10
27 Japan Yasumasa Hatakeyama Honda Ret Ret 16 17 20 17 14 Ret 9
ERP-Honda 13 Ret 13 16 15 DNS
26 Italy Ivan Clementi Yamaha 11 14 Ret Ret 7
27 Germany Alex Hofmann Honda 10 6
28 France William Costes Honda DNS Ret 15 16 Ret Ret 13 14 Ret 6
29 Japan Choujun Kameya Suzuki 13 3
30 Italy Diego Giugovaz Aprilia 17 18 13 3
31 United Kingdom Jamie Robinson Yamaha 16 14 2
32 Argentina Federico Gartner Aprilia Ret 16 18 15 Ret 16 DNQ Ret Ret 24 Ret 19 17 1
33 France Julien Allemand Honda 15 17 DNQ 1
32 Spain Ismael Bonilla Honda 17 15 1
33 Germany Mike Baldinger Honda 15 1
34 United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter Honda Ret 15 1
France Matthieu Lagrive Honda DNS 19 22 19 18 16 0
Japan Makoto Tamada Honda 16 0
Australia Shaun Geronimi Yamaha 16 0
Malaysia Shahrol Yuzy Yamaha 17 0
France Vincent Philippe Honda 17 0
Australia David Horton Honda 17 0
France Franck Poulle Honda 18 0
Netherlands Jarno Janssen Honda 18 0
South Africa Shane Norval Honda 18 0
Argentina Diego Ruabén Honda 18 0
Netherlands Maurice Bolwerk Honda 19 0
Italy Igor Antonelli Honda 19 0
Argentina Leandro Mulet Yamaha 19 0
Netherlands Rudie Markink Honda 20 0
Spain David García Honda 20 0
New Zealand Craig Frederickson Honda 20 0
Argentina Gabriel Borgmann Yamaha 20 0
Netherlands André Romein Honda 21 0
Slovakia Vladimír Častka ERP-Honda 21 0
Spain Lucas Oliver Bultó Honda 21 0
Czech Republic Radomil Rous Yamaha 22 0
Spain David Ortega Honda 22 0
Italy Filippo Cotti Honda 23 0
Spain Eustaquio Gavria Honda Ret Ret 0
Spain Agustín Escobar Honda Ret 0
France Hervé Mora Aprilia Ret 0
Spain Alex Debón Honda Ret 0
United Kingdom Gary May Aprilia Ret 0
United Kingdom Paul Jones Aprilia Ret 0
United Kingdom Callum Ramsay Honda Ret 0
Germany Markus Ober Honda Ret 0
Germany Mathias Neukirchen Aprilia Ret 0
Germany Adrian Schmidt Honda Ret 0
Spain Iván Silva Honda Ret 0
Australia William Strugnell Honda Ret 0
Argentina Matías Ríos Yamaha Ret 0
Australia Martin Craggill Aprilia DNS 0
Spain Manuel Luque Yamaha DNQ 0
Spain José David de Gea Yamaha DNQ 0
Netherlands Henk van de Lagemaat Honda DNQ 0
Czech Republic Lukáš Vavrečka Honda DNQ 0
Germany Lars Langer Yamaha DNQ 0
Australia Adam Brunskill Yamaha DNQ 0
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
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)

125cc standings[5][edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 1 6 1 4 1 4 2 1 7 2 4 9 4 5 229
2 Japan Tomomi Manako Honda 2 3 2 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 217
3 Italy Marco Melandri Honda 10 Ret 10 2 2 2 1 4 13 1 2 8 3 2 202
4 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 3 9 4 9 3 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 3 1 4 135
5 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda 4 12 Ret Ret 5 1 4 6 DNS 3 Ret 4 7 3 130
6 Italy Mirko Giansanti Honda Ret 2 3 Ret Ret Ret 6 2 Ret 4 Ret 2 12 6 113
7 Japan Masaki Tokudome Aprilia 8 4 12 10 8 9 5 5 9 Ret 5 13 16 8 97
8 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Honda 6 13 8 3 Ret 5 Ret 9 Ret 5 12 10 9 10 89
9 Italy Roberto Locatelli Honda Ret 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret 3 8 7 5 6 Ret 87
10 France Frédéric Petit Honda 11 7 11 8 6 8 8 8 DNS 10 11 15 14 13 78
11 Japan Youichi Ui Yamaha Ret Ret 7 5 11 7 12 3 Ret Ret 6 Ret 5 15 76
12 France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 20 10 14 11 12 Ret 16 11 2 6 9 12 Ret 7 72
13 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda Ret 1 5 7 Ret 6 18 9 62
14 Italy Ivan Goi Aprilia 15 15 Ret 13 9 Ret 14 10 11 9 10 11 11 11 53
15 Japan Hiroyuki Kikuchi Honda 7 3 13 15 4 7 DNS 52
16 Japan Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha 12 17 Ret 19 10 11 Ret Ret 6 15 8 7 Ret 14 45
17 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia Ret 11 16 14 7 10 9 Ret 8 11 14 16 15 17 45
18 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 16 11 7 Ret 14 Ret 20 10 12 43
19 Spain Ángel Nieto Jr. Aprilia 13 8 13 Ret Ret 6 17 12 10 12 Ret 18 13 Ret 41
20 Czech Republic Jaroslav Huleš Honda Ret 14 6 Ret Ret 12 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 8 18 25
21 Spain Emilio Alzamora Aprilia 21 16 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 5 Ret 13 14 21 DNS 18
22 Japan Nobuyuki Osaki Yamaha 5 11
23 Spain Juan Enrique Maturana Yamaha 16 Ret Ret 18 14 15 19 16 12 13 16 Ret 17 16 10
24 Japan Takashi Akita Yamaha 9 7
25 Italy Paolo Tessari Aprilia 19 18 18 12 15 5
26 Spain Jerónimo Vidal Aprilia 19 16 13 Ret 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
27 Spain Álvaro Molina Honda Ret 13 25 3
28 Italy Federico Cerroni Aprilia Ret 18 13 17 Ret 18 DNS Ret 3
29 Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 15 14 17 3
30 Japan Kazuhiro Takao Honda 14 2
31 Italy Andrea Iommi Honda Ret 16 18 21 18 14 16 19 24 22 Ret 2
32 Italy Claudio Cipriani Aprilia 15 1
33 Italy Christian Manna Yamaha Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 17 DNS Ret 1
34 Italy Andrea Zappa Honda 15 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
MAD
Community of Madrid
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
CAT
Catalonia
AUS
Australia
ARG
Argentina
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)

Participants[edit]

500cc participants[edit]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Repsol Honda Honda Honda NSR500 1 Australia Mick Doohan All
2 Japan Tadayuki Okada 1–4, 7, 10–14
4 Spain Àlex Crivillé All
Honda NSR500V 15 Spain Sete Gibernau All
Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR88) 3 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki All
20 Italy Luca Cadalora 7
25 Japan Yukio Kagayama 2–5
27 Japan Katsuaki Fujiwara 10–12
29 Japan Keiichi Kitagawa 1
33 Australia Mark Willis 13
Yamaha Team Rainey Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWK1) 5 Japan Norick Abe All
12 France Jean-Michel Bayle 10–12, 14
20 Italy Luca Cadalora 5–6
21 Japan Kyoji Nanba 1–4, 9
Marlboro Team Kanemoto Honda Honda NSR500 6 Italy Max Biaggi All
Muz Roc Rennen Sport MuZ MuZ 500 7 Italy Doriano Romboni 1–2
16 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia 7
20 Italy Luca Cadalora 14
77 Switzerland Eskil Suter 4–6, 8–12
Movistar Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 8 Spain Carlos Checa 1–8, 10–14
14 Spain Juan Borja 8
19 United States John Kocinski 1–7, 10–14
39 Spain Gregorio Lavilla 9
Honda Gresini Honda Honda NSR500 9 Brazil Alex Barros All
Team Roberts
Marlboro Team Roberts
Modenas Modenas KR3 10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. All
28 Germany Ralf Waldmann 1–7, 9–14
Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 11 New Zealand Simon Crafar All
55 France Régis Laconi 1, 3–14
Shell Advance Racing Honda Honda NSR500V 14 Spain Juan Borja 1–7, 10–14
18 Australia Garry McCoy 1–10, 13
26 France Bernard Garcia 11
42 Australia Craig Connell 12, 14
42 Australia Craig Connell 13
53 South Africa Russel Wood 2
58 Portugal Felisberto Teixeira 3
71 Argentina Juan Pablo Gianini 14
72 Spain Fernando Cristóbal 6
72 Spain Fernando Cristóbal 8–9
Dee Cee Jeans Racing Team Honda Honda NSR500V 17 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh All
Tecmas Honda Elf Honda Honda NSR500V 22 France Sébastien Gimbert 1–6, 10–14
26 France Bernard Garcia 7–9
F.C.C. TSR Honda Honda NSR500V 23 United States Matt Wait All
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C10/4 43 Italy Paolo Tessari 11–12
63 Italy Gianmaria Liverani 4
Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 50 Japan Noriyuki Haga 1
BP Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 52 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara 2
Team Polini Inoxmacel Honda Honda NSR500V 57 Italy Fabio Carpani All
Team Zupin Honda Honda NSR500V 60 Germany Jörg Schöllhorn 9
Team Vimto Honda/Paul Bird Honda Honda NSR500V 68 United Kingdom John McGuinness 8
Team Millar Honda Britain Honda Honda NSR500V 88 United Kingdom Scott Smart 1, 3–14
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

References[edit]