1978 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  1978 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 13 races in the
1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Date 7 May 1978
Official name Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit Automobile Paul Armagnac Nogaro
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.120 km (1.939 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Yamaha
Time 1:24.85
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha
Time 1:22.8
Podium
First United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha
Second United States Pat Hennen Suzuki
Third United Kingdom Barry Sheene Suzuki
350 cc
Pole position
Rider France Olivier Chevallier Yamaha
Time 1:26.45
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
Time 1:24.5
Podium
First Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
Second South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki
Third South Africa Jon Ekerold Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Patrick Fernandez Yamaha
Time 1:27.69
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
Time 1:25.8
Podium
First Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
Second United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha
Third South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki
125 cc
Pole position
Rider France Thierry Espié Motobécane
Time 1:31.76
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi Minarelli
Time 1:30.3
Podium
First Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi Minarelli
Second Italy Eugenio Lazzarini MBA
Third Sweden Per-Edward Carlsson Morbidelli
Sidecar (B2A)
Pole position
Rider France Alain Michel Seymaz-Yamaha
Time 1:29.10
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland Beo-Yamaha
Time 1:29.6
Podium
First Switzerland Rolf Biland Beo-Yamaha
Second France Alain Michel Seymaz-Yamaha
Third United Kingdom Mac Hobson Yamaha

The 1978 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 7 May 1978 at the Nogaro circuit.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 1 United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha 40 56:42.5 3 15
2 3 United States Pat Hennen Suzuki 40 +10.5 5 12
3 7 United Kingdom Barry Sheene Suzuki 40 +29.7 2 10
4 2 France Christian Estrosi Suzuki 40 +37.2 6 8
5 9 Netherlands Wil Hartog Suzuki 40 +1:07.3 14 6
6 31 Italy Graziano Rossi Suzuki 39 +1 lap 10 5
7 5 United Kingdom Steve Parrish Suzuki 39 +1 lap 11 4
8 23 Belgium Jean-Philippe Orban Suzuki 39 +1 lap 3
9 48 Italy Carlo Perugini Suzuki 38 +2 laps 2
10 52 Australia Kenny Blake Yamaha 38 +2 laps 1
11 43 United Kingdom Alex George Suzuki 38 +2 laps
12 51 France Marc Chabert Yamaha 38 +2 laps
13 15 New Zealand John Woodley Suzuki 38 +2 laps
14 37 West Germany Franz Rau Suzuki 37 +3 laps
15 25 Denmark Børge Nielsen Suzuki 37 +3 laps
16 38 West Germany Gerhard Vogt Suzuki 37 +3 laps
17 18 Italy Virginio Ferrari Suzuki 36 +4 laps 9
18 11 United Kingdom John Newbold Suzuki 36 +4 laps
19 26 Finland Kimmo Kopra Yamaha 36 +4 laps
20 16 Switzerland Philippe Coulon Suzuki 33 +5 laps 17
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Yamaha 1
Japan Takazumi Katayama Yamaha 4
France Michel Rougerie Suzuki 7
Finland Tepi Länsivuori Suzuki 8
Italy Franco Bonera Suzuki 12
France Pierre Tocco Yamaha 13
Netherlands Boet van Dulmen Suzuki 15
Italy Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki 16
36 starters in total, 24 finishers
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350 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 16 Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 36 51:29.2 3 15
2 5 South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki 36 +7.8 2 12
3 3 South Africa Jon Ekerold Yamaha 36 +46.8 12 10
4 2 United Kingdom Tom Herron Yamaha 36 +54.3 8
5 31 Australia Vic Soussan Yamaha 36 +1:09.1 8 6
6 1 France Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 36 +1:11.3 5 5
7 6 France Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 36 +1:18.3 1 4
8 29 Finland Pentti Korhonen Yamaha 36 +1:23.8 3
9 41 France Raymond Roche Yamaha 36 +1:24.5 4 2
10 4 France Michel Rougerie Yamaha 35 +1 lap 1
11 10 United Kingdom Mick Grant Kawasaki 35 +1 lap 11
12 49 United Kingdom Clive Padgett Yamaha 35 +1 lap
13 19 Japan Sadao Asami Yamaha 35 +1 lap
14 21 Italy Franco Bonera Yamaha 35 +1 lap
15 11 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer Yamaha 35 +1 lap
16 34 Switzerland Michel Frutschi Yamaha 35 +1 lap
17 30 Sweden Leif Gustafsson Yamaha 35 +1 lap
18 40 France Denis Boulom Yamaha 34 +2 laps
19 24 Finland Eero Hyvärinen Yamaha 33 +3 laps
20 57 France Michel Rastel Yamaha 33 +3 laps
France Guy Bertin Yamaha 6
France Christian Sarron Yamaha 7
Australia John Dodds Yamaha 9
Japan Takazumi Katayama Yamaha 10
36 starters in total, 21 finishers
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250 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 25 Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 33 48:22.1 2 15
2 20 United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha 33 +2.1 7 12
3 6 South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki 33 +25.1 4 10
4 8 South Africa Jon Ekerold Yamaha 33 +48.9 8
5 5 United Kingdom Tom Herron Yamaha 33 +1:07.1 6
6 37 France Raymond Roche Yamaha 33 +1:12.7 3 5
7 12 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer Yamaha 33 +1:15.9 9 4
8 4 France Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 33 +1:22.6 6 3
9 21 Australia Vic Soussan Yamaha 33 +1:22.9 12 2
10 34 France Guy Bertin Yamaha 33 +1:23.3 8 1
11 2 Italy Franco Uncini Yamaha 33 +1:30.2 10
12 48 United Kingdom Clive Padgett Yamaha 32 +1 lap
13 27 France Hervé Moineau Yamaha 32 +1 lap
14 39 Japan Sadao Asami Yamaha 32 +1 lap
15 16 Sweden Leif Gustafsson Yamaha 32 +1 lap
16 40 France Jean-Claude Meilland Yamaha 32 +1 lap
17 31 Switzerland Jacques Cornu Yamaha 32 +1 lap
18 46 France Pierre Tocco Yamaha 32 +1 lap 11
19 51 Venezuela Carlos Lavado Yamaha 31 +2 laps
20 22 West Germany Josef Hage Yamaha 31 +2 laps
France Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 1
France Jean-François Baldé Kawasaki 5
36 starters in total, 24 finishers
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125 cc classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 1 Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi Minarelli 32 50:21.3 2 15
2 2 Italy Eugenio Lazzarini MBA 32 +12.5 3 12
3 33 Sweden Per-Edward Carlson Morbidelli 32 +33.7 5 10
4 9 Italy Maurizio Massimiani Morbidelli 32 +37.0 7 8
5 4 France Jean-Louis Guignabodet Bender 32 +1:30.9 6 6
6 18 France Thierry Noblesse Morbidelli 31 +1 lap 9 5
7 32 Finland Matti Kinnunen Morbidelli 31 +1 lap 12 4
8 36 France Patrick Plisson Morbidelli 31 +1 lap 8 3
9 6 Austria Harald Bartol Morbidelli 31 +1 lap 11 2
10 48 France Daniel Meyer Morbidelli 31 +1 lap 1
11 46 France Claude Gorry Morbidelli 31 +1 lap
12 7 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Morbidelli 30 +2 laps 10
13 27 Netherlands Bennie Wilbers Morbidelli 30 +2 laps
14 29 Austria Johann Parzer Morbidelli 30 +2 laps
15 28 Austria Ernst Fagerer Morbidelli 30 +2 laps
16 19 Italy Yves Dupont Morbidelli 29 +3 laps
17 45 France Jacques Hutteau Morbidelli 29 +3 laps
18 42 Italy Pierluigi Conforti Morbidelli 27 +5 laps
19 16 West Germany Bernd Schneider Bender 27 +5 laps
20 23 Switzerland Karl Fuchs Morbidelli 22 +10 laps
France Thierry Espié Motobécane 1
Switzerland Hans Müller Morbidelli 4
32 starters in total, 20 finishers
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Sidecar classification[edit]

Pos No. Rider Passenger Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 2 Switzerland Rolf Biland United Kingdom Kenny Williams Beo-Yamaha 30 46:25.2 2 15
2 5 France Alain Michel United Kingdom Stu Collins Seymaz-Yamaha 30 +2.0 1 12
3 10 United Kingdom Mac Hobson United Kingdom Ken Birch Yamaha 30 +48.5 7 10
4 1 United Kingdom George O'Dell United Kingdom Cliff Holland Seymaz-Yamaha 30 +1:25.9 8
5 8 Switzerland Bruno Holzer Switzerland Karl Meierhans LCR-Yamaha 30 +1:25.4 8 6
6 3 West Germany Werner Schwärzel West Germany Andreas Huber Fath 29 +1 lap 6 5
7 19 United Kingdom Jock Taylor United Kingdom Lewis Ward Windle-Yamaha 29 +1 lap 4
8 6 Sweden Göte Brodin Sweden Per-Erik Wickström Yamaha 29 +1 lap 3
9 15 United Kingdom Bill Hodgkins United Kingdom John Parkins Windle-Yamaha 29 +1 lap 2
10 23 Switzerland Gérard Corbaz Switzerland Roland Gabriel Schmid-Yamaha 29 +1 lap 1
11 16 United Kingdom John Barker United Kingdom Nick Cutmore Yamaha 29 +1 lap
12 36 Switzerland Ernst Trachsel Switzerland Andreas Stager TTM-Suzuki 29 +1 lap 9
13 12 West Germany Siegfried Schauzu West Germany Lorenzo Puzo Busch-Yamaha 28 +2 laps
14 30 France Bernard Chabert France Patrick Jourdain GEP-Yamaha 28 +2 laps
15 33 Switzerland Jean-Claude Jaquet Switzerland René Delarre Yamaha 28 +2 laps
Switzerland Jean-François Monnin Switzerland Philippe Miserez Seymaz-Yamaha 3
France Yvan Troillet France Pierre Muller GEP-Yamaha 4
West Germany Rolf Steinhausen West Germany Wolfgang Kalauch Seymaz-Yamaha 5
West Germany Hermann Huber West Germany Bernd Schappacher König 10
24 starters in total, 18 finishers
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Coleman, Barry (ed.). Motocourse 1978-1979. Hazleton Securities Ltd. p. 81. ISBN 0-905138-06-6. 


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