1988 Brazilian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Brazil  1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna (Goiânia) track map (Brazil)--Mixed circuit.svg
Date 17 September 1988
Location Goiânia
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.835 km (2.383 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
First United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Dominique Sarron Honda
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha
First France Dominique Sarron Honda
Second Venezuela Carlos Lavado Yamaha
Third Spain Sito Pons Honda

The 1988 Brazilian motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 15–17 September 1988 at the Goiânia circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wayne Gardner was on pole, but Eddie Lawson got into the lead at the start, ahead of Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz. Back in 6th place, Gardner was almost cut off by Pierfrancesco Chili, who tried a block pass on him; Gardner shook a fist.

Schwantz got around Lawson for 1st, but Lawson looked like he’s not going to let it go. Gardner caught up to make it a trio, while Lawson retook the lead. Randy Mamola was hot-dogging, deliberately sliding the rear. Schwantz and Gardner went at it for 2nd place. Mamola almost highsided trying to impress the crowd, a bit later on a left-hander he looked over his shoulder and immediately slid the bike into a highside. Schwantz will do something similar next year at Phillip Island. Rainey retired with a punctured tire.

500cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 47:22.550 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +13.360 17
3 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +21.350 15
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +24.080 13
5 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +24.240 11
6 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +24.280 10
7 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +1:13.100 9
8 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki +1:14.950 8
9 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha +1:23.300 7
10 France Patrick Igoa Yamaha +1 Lap 6
11 San Marino Fabio Barchitta Honda +1 Lap 5
12 Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda +1 Lap 4
13 United Kingdom Donnie McLeod Honda +1 Lap 3
Ret United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha Retirement
Ret Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Cagiva Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Roger Burnett Honda Retirement

Previous race:
1988 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
1988 season
Next race:
1989 Japanese Grand Prix
Previous race:
1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazilian Grand Prix Next race:
1989 Brazilian Grand Prix

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