1999 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1999 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1999 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 51st F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

The dominant reign of Honda's Mick Doohan came to an end with serious injuries suffered in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.[1] In his absence, his Honda team-mate Àlex Crivillé stepped forward and claimed Spain's first-ever 500cc world championship.[1] Kenny Roberts, Jr. gave a strong performance to finish in second with four victories including an outright victory over Doohan in Japan.[1]

A young Valentino Rossi continued to impress for Aprilia, winning nine races and claiming his second world championship, this time in the 250 class.[1] Honda's Emilio Alzamora became the second rider to win a world championship without winning a race when he captured the 125 crown from Marco Melandri and Masao Azuma who split five victories between them.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Date Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 18 April Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang Japan Masao Azuma Italy Loris Capirossi United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Report
2 25 April Japan Japanese Grand Prix Motegi Japan Masao Azuma Japan Shinya Nakano United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Report
3 9 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Masao Azuma Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
4 23 May France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Italy Roberto Locatelli Japan Tohru Ukawa Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
5 6 June Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Italy Roberto Locatelli Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
6 20 June Catalonia Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya France Arnaud Vincent Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
7 26 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Japan Masao Azuma Italy Loris Capirossi Japan Tadayuki Okada Report
8 4 July United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Japan Masao Azuma Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
9 18 July Germany German Grand Prix Sachsenring Italy Marco Melandri Italy Valentino Rossi United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Report
10 22 August Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Italy Marco Melandri Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Tadayuki Okada Report
11 5 September Emilia-Romagna Imola Grand Prix Imola Italy Marco Melandri Italy Loris Capirossi Spain Àlex Crivillé Report
12 19 September Valencian Community Valencia Grand Prix Valencia Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Japan Tohru Ukawa France Régis Laconi Report
13 3 October Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Italy Marco Melandri Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Tadayuki Okada Report
14 10 October South Africa South African Grand Prix Welkom Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Report
15 24 October Brazil Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Norifumi Abe Report
16 31 October Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Italy Marco Melandri France Olivier Jacque United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Report

Final standings[edit]

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

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 3 4 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 2 2 1 Ret 5 3 6 5 267
2 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 1 1 13 Ret 5 6 2 8 1 3 6 2 10 22 3 1 220
3 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda 5 15 4 9 3 2 1 2 Ret 1 4 4 1 4 7 Ret 211
4 Italy Max Biaggi Yamaha Ret 9 2 Ret 2 Ret 5 4 Ret 4 3 7 2 1 2 2 194
5 Spain Sete Gibernau Honda 10 5 3 4 6 3 3 DNS 9 10 10 9 6 2 5 6 165
6 Japan Norick Abe Yamaha Ret 3 5 6 Ret Ret 6 6 3 Ret 11 6 16 9 1 3 136
7 Spain Carlos Checa Yamaha 2 6 10 5 7 7 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 5 4 6 Ret 4 125
8 United States John Kocinski Honda Ret Ret 6 2 8 9 7 9 5 14 8 8 9 10 13 7 115
9 Brazil Alex Barros Honda 6 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 10 5 8 7 2 10 Ret 11 4 8 110
10 Japan Tetsuya Harada Aprilia 13 Ret Ret 3 4 4 11 3 7 5 13 11 Ret 15 12 11 104
11 France Régis Laconi Yamaha 7 Ret 7 8 Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 9 5 1 3 14 11 12 103
12 Spain Juan Borja Honda 8 11 9 7 9 5 8 7 10 12 Ret Ret 17 5 Ret 9 92
13 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 9 10 Ret 11 4 Ret Ret 6 7 12 8 7 9 Ret 78
14 Australia Garry McCoy Yamaha 15 Ret 11 8 9 3 7 8 8 13 65
15 Japan Haruchika Aoki TSR-Honda 15 Ret 12 13 11 10 9 Ret 6 13 12 DNQ 11 12 15 15 54
16 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh MuZ Weber Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 13 Ret 12 11 14 Ret 12 13 Ret 10 40
17 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 4 2 DNS 33
18 New Zealand Simon Crafar Yamaha 14 Ret 14 11 12 DNQ 19
MuZ Weber 10
19 France Sébastien Gimbert Honda 16 16 Ret 12 13 14 14 Ret 14 Ret 16 13 Ret 19 18 17 16
20 Italy Luca Cadalora MuZ Weber Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14
21 Japan Shinichi Ito Honda 7 9
22 Japan Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 11 12 DNS 9
23 Spain José David de Gea TSR-Honda 15 8
Honda Ret Ret
Modenas KR3 14 13 20 14 Ret
24 Germany Markus Ober Honda 17 17 15 14 15 13 Ret Ret 17 7
25 Australia Anthony Gobert MuZ Weber Ret 18 10 DNS 6
26 Spain José Luis Cardoso TSR-Honda Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 12 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 17 16 6
27 United Kingdom Michael Rutter Honda Ret 18 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 19 5
28 France Jean-Michel Bayle Modenas KR3 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
29 Japan Noriyasu Numata Muz Weber 13 3
30 Australia Mark Willis BSL DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 3
Modenas KR3 17 16 16 17 Ret 15 16 16 14
31 United States Mike Hale Modenas KR3 18 19 16 DNS 15 15 15 Ret Ret Ret 18 3
32 United Kingdom James Whitham Modenas KR3 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
33 Australia Steve Martin Honda 14 21 Ret 20 2
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
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
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc final standings[4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia 5 7 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 8 1 1 1 3 309
2 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 2 2 2 1 3 2 4 4 Ret 3 12 1 3 4 2 2 261
3 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda 1 3 3 Ret DSQ 1 2 2 7 1 3 6 5 3 Ret 209
4 Japan Shinya Nakano Yamaha 3 1 Ret 2 5 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 2 15 5 207
5 Italy Stefano Perugini Honda 9 Ret 8 3 8 7 8 5 5 6 4 5 7 7 5 6 151
6 Germany Ralf Waldmann Aprilia DNS 6 4 2 Ret 6 8 3 2 7 Ret 6 Ret 7 11 131
7 France Olivier Jacque Yamaha 4 Ret 8 5 3 Ret 2 3 4 1 122
8 Italy Franco Battaini Aprilia Ret 4 4 6 6 3 7 Ret Ret 10 6 2 8 10 Ret Ret 121
9 Argentina Sebastián Porto Yamaha 15 17 12 7 9 9 12 Ret 7 Ret 9 6 9 6 6 4 98
10 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Aprilia 7 Ret 7 11 4 6 3 6 Ret 8 13 Ret Ret Ret 83
11 United Kingdom Jason Vincent Honda 12 Ret 11 5 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 12 11 11 12 70
12 Australia Anthony West Honda 14 10 17 9 Ret Ret 10 11 6 15 15 9 10 9 Ret 8 66
13 Italy Luca Boscoscuro Honda 11 Ret 10 14 10 10 16 10 10 13 11 11 14 8 10 Ret 66
14 Italy Roberto Rolfo Aprilia 10 12 9 Ret Ret 5 Ret 12 11 10 13 9 7 62
15 Japan Tomomi Manako Yamaha Ret 8 14 17 13 12 13 14 14 14 14 Ret 11 12 8 9 52
16 Germany Alex Hofmann TSR-Honda 17 18 15 8 16 11 11 13 9 Ret 17 10 13 13 12 10 51
17 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 6 9 5 15 Ret Ret Ret 7 13 8 49
18 Japan Masaki Tokudome TSR-Honda 13 16 13 13 11 13 14 9 15 12 14 14 15 14 15 37
19 Japan Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 8 11 8 21
20 France Julien Allemand TSR-Honda 18 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 18 15 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 11
21 Japan Tatsuya Yamaguchi Honda 6 10
22 Spain Fonsi Nieto Yamaha 22 14 18 12 17 Ret 19 17 18 17 18 15 16 15 17 14 10
23 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha 10 Ret 6
24 Spain Lucas Oliver Yamaha 23 Ret 23 19 14 20 Ret 22 19 20 12 6
25 United Kingdom Scott Smart Aprilia Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 14 13 5
26 Sweden Johan Stigefelt Yamaha 16 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 17 18 Ret Ret 19 Ret 19 17 19 18 4
27 United Kingdom Jamie Robinson Yamaha 12 4
28 Spain David García Yamaha 19 13 16 Ret 15 Ret 21 16 Ret 16 Ret 16 17 Ret Ret 4
29 Netherlands Jarno Janssen TSR-Honda 20 19 19 Ret Ret 15 15 19 20 18 Ret 19 18 Ret 16 16 2
30 Japan Tekkyu Kayo TSR-Honda 15 1
Argentina Matias Rios Aprilia 21 21 22 18 19 16 Ret 24 20 Ret Ret 20 Ret 18 Ret 0
Netherlands Maurice Bolwerk TSR-Honda DNS Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18 17 0
Germany Markus Barth Yamaha 20 Ret Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
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
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc final standings[5][edit]

Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda 2 3 3 3 6 2 4 3 2 6 4 2 15 Ret 3 2 227
2 Italy Marco Melandri Honda Ret 6 2 3 8 5 1 1 1 Ret 1 3 2 1 226
3 Japan Masao Azuma Honda 1 1 1 4 7 Ret 1 1 6 12 10 Ret 5 14 6 Ret 190
4 Italy Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 18 Ret 5 1 1 6 3 4 4 Ret 11 8 6 4 8 3 173
5 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda Ret Ret 8 5 3 4 2 2 5 2 5 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 171
6 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Aprilia 3 12 4 7 Ret 10 5 6 7 4 19 1 4 1 Ret 7 163
7 France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 4 Ret 10 2 5 1 7 9 10 10 3 4 Ret 2 13 Ret 155
8 Italy Simone Sanna Honda 4 Ret 7 10 4 8 14 Ret 9 8 2 7 12 6 9 6 123
9 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda 17 6 2 Ret 9 5 Ret Ret 3 3 Ret Ret 2 8 21 Ret 108
10 Italy Gino Borsoi Aprilia 7 Ret 12 16 10 12 9 8 8 9 Ret 6 8 5 5 4 106
11 Japan Youichi Ui Derbi 13 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 7 Ret 5 9 Ret 3 7 10 84
12 Italy Mirko Giansanti Aprilia 9 16 13 13 11 14 12 10 13 15 13 Ret 11 Ret 4 5 66
13 Italy Ivan Goi Honda 8 14 11 Ret 15 15 11 11 12 11 6 Ret 14 Ret 11 8 61
14 Japan Kazuto Sakata Honda 10 8 15 9 8 7 10 13 19 Ret Ret 12 13 15 17 Ret 56
15 Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia 15 13 17 8 14 Ret 17 7 7 5 10 11 16 Ret 52
16 Spain Jerónimo Vidal Aprilia 5 Ret 6 14 12 Ret 17 15 16 17 18 Ret 7 10 12 Ret 47
17 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Aprilia 12 18 9 Ret 13 Ret 13 Ret 11 8 Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 46
18 France Randy De Puniet Aprilia 20 15 Ret 11 19 9 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 10 21 Ret 18 10 26
19 Italy Max Sabbatani Honda 11 7 Ret Ret 16 Ret 18 Ret 20 Ret Ret Ret 16 14 11 21
20 Japan Hideyuki Nakajoh Honda 2 20
21 Italy Alessandro Brannetti Aprilia 16 21 14 Ret 20 11 Ret 16 Ret 18 15 11 16 9 20
22 Spain Ángel Nieto Jr. Honda 14 11 16 12 17 Ret 17 20 16 Ret 15 18 13 15 Ret 16
23 Spain Pablo Nieto Derbi 22 19 Ret 18 22 Ret 16 12 Ret 22 17 Ret 17 12 Ret 9 15
24 Japan Katsuji Uezu Yamaha 5 11
25 France Frédéric Petit Aprilia Ret 20 Ret 15 18 13 15 Ret 16 Ret 19 18 20 12 9
26 Germany Reinhard Stolz Honda 19 17 18 Ret Ret 16 Ret 14 18 14 14 13 20 17 19 Ret 9
27 Japan Kazuhiro Kubo Yamaha 9 7
28 Spain David Micó Aprilia 9 7
29 Japan Minoru Nakamura Honda 10 6
30 Germany Klaus Nöhles Honda 14 13 5
31 San Marino William De Angelis Honda 12 4
32 Denmark Robbin Harms Aprilia 21 21 22 18 19 16 Ret 24 20 Ret Ret 22 Ret 22 13 3
33 Spain Toni Elías Honda 21 Ret Ret 14 2
Germany Bernhard Absmeier Aprilia Ret Ret 19 17 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 0
Pos Rider Bike MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
IMO
Emilia-Romagna
VAL
Valencian Community
AUS
Australia
RSA
South Africa
RIO
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
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
Italics – Fastest Lap

500 cc participants[edit]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Repsol Honda Team Honda Honda NSR500 1 Australia Mick Doohan 1–3
3 Spain Àlex Crivillé all
8 Japan Tadayuki Okada all
15 Spain Sete Gibernau 6–16
Honda NSR500V 1–5
Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWK1) 2 Italy Max Biaggi all
4 Spain Carlos Checa all
MoviStar Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 5 Brazil Alex Barros all
14 Spain Juan Borja all
Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 6 Japan Norick Abe all
Team Biland GP1 MuZ Weber MuZ Weber 500 7 Italy Luca Cadalora 1, 3–7, 9–10
11 New Zealand Simon Crafar 8
17 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh all
27 France Bernard Garcia 11–12
35 Australia Anthony Gobert 13–16
71 Japan Noriyasu Numata 2
Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR89) 9 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki 1–3, 6–16
10 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. all
16 Japan Yukio Kagayama 1–2
4
Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 11 New Zealand Simon Crafar 1–6
24 Australia Garry McCoy 7–16
21 France Régis Laconi all
Proton KR Modenas Modenas Modenas KR3 12 France Jean-Michel Bayle 1–2, 4–6
20 United States Mike Hale 1–4, 10–16
52 Spain David De Gea 12–16
68 Australia Mark Willis 7, 9
69 United Kingdom Jamie Whitham 3, 5–10
Dee Cee Jeans Racing Team Honda Honda NSR500V 18 Germany Markus Ober 1–9
32 France Marc Garcia 12
37 Australia Steve Martin 13–16
52 Spain David De Gea 10–11
Kanemoto Honda Honda Honda NSR500 19 United States John Kocinski all
Millar Honda Honda Honda NSR500V 21 United Kingdom Michael Rutter all
Tecmas Honda Elf Honda Honda NSR500V 22 France Sebastien Gimbert all
Technical Maxon TSR TSR-Honda TSR-Honda AC50M 25 Spain José Luis Cardoso 1–8, 10–16
52 Spain David De Gea 9
F.C.C. TSR TSR-Honda TSR-Honda AC50M 26 Japan Haruchika Aoki all
Aprilia Grand Prix Racing Aprilia Aprilia RSW-2 500 31 Japan Tetsuya Harada all
Lucky Strike Honda Racing Honda Honda NSR500 36 Japan Shinichi Itoh 2
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C10/5 43 Italy Paolo Tessari 5–6
Raceline Malaysia Honda Honda NSR500V 45 Australia John Allen 1
Team Vimto Honda Honda Honda NSR500V 46 United Kingdom John McGuinness 8
Buckley Systems BSL Racing BSL BSL 500 V3 68 Australia Mark Willis 1, 3–5
Modenas Modenas KR3 10–16
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

References[edit]