1988 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Belgium  1988 Belgian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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Date 3 July 1988
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Course Permanent racing facility
6.940 km (4.312 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider France Christian Sarron Yamaha
Fastest lap
Rider France Christian Sarron Yamaha
Podium
First Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Second United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Third United States Randy Mamola Cagiva
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Jacques Cornu Honda
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Anton Mang Honda
Podium
First Spain Sito Pons Honda
Second Switzerland Jacques Cornu Honda
Third Germany Anton Mang Honda
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Gastone Grassetti Honda
Podium
First Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Second Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Third Spain Julián Miralles Honda
Sidecars
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Passenger Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Passenger Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
Podium
First Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
Second United Kingdom Steve Webster LCR-Krauser
United Kingdom Tony Hewitt
Third United Kingdom Derek Jones LCR-Yamaha
United Kingdom Peter Brown

The 1988 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix was the ninth round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 1–3 July 1988 at Spa-Francorchamps.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wet track (but it was not raining).

Christian Sarron on pole, and through the first turn it was Wayne Gardner, Kevin Schwantz, Eddie Lawson, et al.

Gardner got a gap from Lawson, Sarron, Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Pierfrancesco Chili, Didier De Radiguès and Ron Haslam.

Sarron through to 2nd and was catching Gardner.

Randy Mamola moved past Rainey and De Radiguès to get to 4th behind Schwantz.

Sarron touched a white line and slid out of 2nd, putting Lawson behind Gardner. Schwantz crashed out of 4th as De Radiguès and Rainey went by; he tried to get up but looked like he injured his left leg.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 46:55.210 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +30.110 17
3 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +40.780 15
4 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha +41.610 13
5 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +43.170 11
6 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki +1:17.330 10
7 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda +1:19.100 9
8 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +1:44.230 8
9 Japan Shunji Yatsushiro Honda +1:49.720 7
10 France Patrick Igoa Yamaha +1:56.070 6
11 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +2:00.010 5
12 Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda +2:12.060 4
13 United Kingdom Donnie McLeod Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 2
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap 1
16 Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda +1 Lap
17 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap
18 Netherlands Kees vd Endt Honda +1 Lap
19 France Rachel Nicotte Honda +1 Lap
20 United States Mike Baldwin Honda +1 Lap
21 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +1 Lap
22 Spain Daniel Amatriain Honda +1 Lap
23 Netherlands Johann Ten Napel Suzuki +1 Lap
24 Germany Georg Robert Jung Honda +1 Lap
25 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +1 Lap
26 Finland Ari Ramo Honda +1 Lap
27 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki +1 Lap
28 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +1 Lap
29 San Marino Fabio Barchitta Honda +2 Laps
30 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +2 Laps
31 Denmark Claus Wulff Honda +2 Laps
Ret Netherlands Maarten Duyzers Honda Retirement
Ret France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement
Ret Germany Manfred Fischer Honda Retirement
Ret Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Moreno Vacondio Suzuki Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement


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