1984 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1984 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1984 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 36th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Defending champion Freddie Spencer was the pre-season favorite to win the championship however, teething problems with Honda's new V4 and early season injuries squelched his hopes to repeat. In spite of his problems, Spencer still took five wins. Eddie Lawson lived up to his nickname of Steady Eddie with four wins and four second places to secure his first 500cc world championship on a Yamaha. Randy Mamola also had three wins to finish second on a factory backed Honda.

Yamaha also claimed the 250 crown with Frenchman Christian Sarron taking the honors ahead of a strong challenge from Real-Rotax mounted Manfred Herweh. Angel Nieto would win a thirteenth world championship with six wins in a row before sitting out the final two races. Stefan Dörflinger would be the first ever 80cc champion after the class displacement was increased from 50cc.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Date Race Location 80cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 March 24 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami France Patrick Fernandez United States Eddie Lawson Report
2 April 15 Italy Nations Grand Prix Misano Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi Spain Ángel Nieto Italy Fausto Ricci United States Freddie Spencer Report
3 May 6 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jarama Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi Spain Ángel Nieto Spain Sito Pons United States Eddie Lawson Report
4 May 20 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger France Christian Sarron United States Eddie Lawson Report
5 May 27 Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring GP Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Spain Ángel Nieto France Christian Sarron United States Freddie Spencer Report
6 June 11 France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Spain Ángel Nieto Germany Anton Mang United States Freddie Spencer Report
7 June 17 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Rijeka Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Germany Manfred Herweh United States Freddie Spencer Report
8 June 30 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Jorge Martínez Spain Ángel Nieto Venezuela Carlos Lavado United States Randy Mamola Report
9 July 8 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Germany Manfred Herweh United States Freddie Spencer Report
10 August 5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto France Christian Sarron United States Randy Mamola Report
11 August 12 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Manfred Herweh United States Eddie Lawson Report
12 September 2 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Mugello Germany Gerhard Waibel Italy Maurizio Vitali Germany Manfred Herweh United States Randy Mamola Report

Final standings[edit]

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

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine RSA
South Africa
NAT
Italy
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
FRA
France
YUG
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Points Wins
1 United States Eddie Lawson 4 United States Marlboro-Yamaha YZR500 1 2 1 1 2 2 4 142 4
2 United States Randy Mamola 3 United States R.M. Promotions-Honda NS500 2 3 3 3 2 111 3
3 France Raymond Roche 10 France Total-Honda NS500 2 3 3 6 5 Ret 3 99 0
4 United States Freddie Spencer 1 United States HRC-Honda NSR500 Ret 1 2 1 1 1 87 5
5 United Kingdom Ron Haslam 9 United Kingdom HRC-Honda NS500 Ret 6 4 4 4 4 5 77 0
6 United Kingdom Barry Sheene 7 United Kingdom Heron-Suzuki RG500 3 Ret 7 10 10 5 7 34 0
7 Australia Wayne Gardner 18 Australia Honda-Britain NS500 4 33 0
8 Netherlands Boet van Dulmen 12 Netherlands Toshiba-Suzuki RG500 7 7 5 8 9 Ret 25 0
9 Belgium Didier de Radiguès 17 Belgium Elf/Chevallier Johnson NS500 4 12 Ret Ret Ret 6 6 24 0
10 Italy Virginio Ferrari 51 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha YZR500 Ret 8 14 7 22 9 22 0
11 United Kingdom Rob McElnea 45 Great Britain Heron-Suzuki RG500 11 5 Ret Ret 21
12 Switzerland Sergio Pellandini 15 Switzerland H.B.-Suzuki RG500 5 14 Ret 9 Ret 9 8 16
13 Japan Takazumi Katayama 5 Japan HRC-Honda NS500 14
14 Italy Franco Uncini 10 Italy H.B.-Suzuki RG500 Ret 5 Ret 11 6 14
15 Germany Reinhold Roth 26 Germany Römer-Honda NS500 11 9 8 7 Ret 8 12 14
16 Japan Tadahiko Taira 28 Japan Marlboro-Yamaha YZR500 10
17 Italy Massimo Broccoli 30 Italy NS500 6 10 Ret 16 12 7 Ret 10
18 Germany Gustav Reiner 34 Germany Olymp-Hemden-Honda NS500 Ret 13 6 Ret 10
19 United Kingdom Keith Huewen 16 Great Britain David Attwood-Honda NS500 19 10 13 8 14 6
20 Italy Leandro Becheroni 38 Italy RG500 Ret Ret Ret 15 21 Ret 4
21 France Christian Le Liard 30 France Elf/Chevallier Johnson NS500 8 Ret Ret 19 4
22 Switzerland Wolfgang Von Muralt 25 Switzerland Frankonia-Suzuki RG500 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 4
23 Italy Fabio Biliotti 35 Italy NS500 9 12 14 12 Ret 2
24 United Kingdom Roger Marshall 51 Great Britain Honda-Britain NS500 2
25 United Kingdom Chris Guy 113 Great Britain Bill Smith-Yamaha YZR500 9 24 11 20 22 2
26 Finland Eero Hyvärinen Finland Ret 2
27 Italy Armando Errico Italy 1
28 South Africa Brett Hudson 32 South Africa Yashica-Suzuki/Contax-Yamaha RG500 /YZR500 10 20 Ret 23 Ret 1
29 France Hervi Moineau 23 France Cagiva-Motor Italia 10 1
30 United Kingdom Steve Parrish 37 Great Britain Mitsui-Yamaha YZR500 17 11 0
31 Zimbabwe Dave Petersen Zimbabwe RG500 11 13 0
32 Italy Paolo Ferretti Italy RG500 18 21 Ret 11 0
33 Italy Attilio Riondato Italy RG500 21 12 19 15 0
34 Netherlands Rob Punt 45 Netherlands Toshiba-Suzuki RG500 18 15 17 13 Ret 19 0
35 Netherlands Henk van der Mark Netherlands NS500 17 13 0
36 Austria Karl Truchsess Austria RG500 Ret 14 0
37 United Kingdom Gary Lingham Great Britain RG500 15 0
38 Italy Oscar La Ferla Italy RG500 16 0
39 Sweden Peter Sjostrom Sweden RG500 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 0
40 Italy Lorenzo Ghiselli Italy RG500 Ret 21 16 16 Ret 0
41 Italy Marco Papa Italy NS500 20 17 19 29 0
42 France Maurice Coq France RG500 17 0
43 Italy Marco Gentile Italy YZR500 Ret 20 17 0
44 France Frank Gross France NS500 Ret Ret 18 Ret 0
45 France Claude Arciero France NS500 18 0
46 Denmark Borge W. Nielsen Denmark RG500 26 Ret 22 0
47 Germany Manfred Fischer Germany Rieju 23 25 0
48 Netherlands Henk de Vries Netherlands RG500 24 0
49 Austria Josef Doppler Austria RG500 24 0
50 Czechoslovakia Bohumil Stasa Czechoslovakia RG500 25 0
51 Italy Marco Lucchinelli 8 Italy Cagiva-Motor Italia Ret Ret Ret Ret 0

250cc standings[4][5][edit]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 France Christian Sarron 2 France Sonauto Gauloises-Yamaha TZ250 109 3
2 Germany Manfred Herweh 7 West Germany Massa Real GmbH Real-Rotax 100 4
3 Venezuela Carlos Lavado 1 Venezuela Venemotos-Yamaha TZ250 77 1
4 Spain Sito Pons 30 Spain JJ Kobas Kobas-Rotax 66 1
5 West Germany Anton Mang 3 West Germany HB-Yamaha TZ250 61 1
6 Switzerland Jacques Cornu 9 France Parisienne-Elf-Yamaha TZ250 60 0
7 West Germany Martin Wimmer 6 West Germany Mitsui-Yamaha TZ250 47 0
8 United States Wayne Rainey 55 United States Marlboro-Yamaha TZ250 29 0
9 United Kingdom Alan Carter 14 United Kingdom Marlboro-Yamaha TZ250 25 0
10 France Jean-François Baldé 8 France Pernod-Yamaha Chevallier-Yamaha 25 0
11 Guy Bertin 23
12 Thierry Espié 20
13 Jean Michel Mattioli 19
14 Patrick Fernandez 16
15 Ivan Palazzese 16
16 Fausto Ricci 15
17 Alan Watts 14
18 Donnie McLeod 11
19 Harald Eckl 10
20 Jacques Bolle 9
21 Teruo Fukuda 8
22 Karl Grässel 6
23 Siegfried Minich 5
24 Maurizio Vitali 4
25 Carlos Cardus 4
26 Stephane Mertens 3
27 Mario Rademeyer 3
28 Thierry Rapicault 1

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Angel Nieto 1 Spain Garelli 90 6
2 Italy Eugenio Lazzarini 3 Italy Garelli 78 0
3 Italy Fausto Gresini 9 Italy MBA 51 1
4 Italy Maurizio Vitali 4 Italy MBA 45 1
5 Austria August Auinger 10 Austria MBA 41 0
6 France Jean-Claude Selini France MBA 33 0
7 Italy Stefano Caracchi Italy MBA 29 0
8 Italy Luca Cadalora 4 Italy MBA 27 0
9 Switzerland Hans Müller 6 Switzerland MBA 27 0
10 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler 2 Switzerland MBA 27 0
11 Johnny Wickstroem 20
12 Giuseppe Ascareggi 8
13 Olivier Liégeois 8
14 Ezio Gianola 7
15 Manuel Herreros 6
16 Lucio Pietroniro 6
17 Alex Bedford 5
18 Domenico Brigaglia 5
19 Henk Van Kessel 4
20 Hubert Abold 3
21 Hakan Olsson 3
22 Neil Robinson 2
23 Gerhard Waibel 1
24 Anton Straver 1
25 Jacky Hutteau 1

80cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger 1 Switzerland Zündapp 82 4
2 West Germany Hubert Abold West Germany Zündapp 75 0
3 Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi 3 Italy Casal 68 2
4 Spain Jorge Martínez Spain Derbi 62 1
5 West Germany Gerhard Waibel West Germany Real 61 1
6 Netherlands Hans Spaan 4 Netherlands Kreidler 47 0
7 Netherlands Willem Heykoop Netherlands Casal 29 0
8 Switzerland Hans Müller Switzerland Sachs 18 0
9 Netherlands George Looijesteyn 5 Netherlands Casal 16 0
10 Netherlands Theo Timmer 10 Netherlands Casal 13 0
11 Henk Van Kessel 12
12 Zdravko Matulja 9
13 Serge Julin 7
14 Paul Rimmelzwaan 7
15 Rainer Scheidhauer 5
16 Reinhard Koberstein 5
17 Gerd Kafka 4
18 Maurizio Stocco 3
19 Otto Machinek 2
20 Claudio Granata 1
21 Thomas Engl 1
22 Bernd Rossbach 1

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