1988 British motorcycle Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1988 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Donington as of 2006.svg
Date 7 August 1988
Location Donington Park
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.020 km (2.498 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Fastest lap
Rider France Christian Sarron Yamaha
First United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third France Christian Sarron Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
First Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha
Second France Dominique Sarron Honda
Third Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
First Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Second Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Third Italy Domenico Brigaglia Gazzaniga-Rotax
Sidecar (B2A)
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
First United Kingdom Steve Webster LCR-Krauser
Second Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Third France Alain Michel LCR-Krauser

The 1988 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 August 1988 at Donington Park.

500 cc race report[edit]

The front row: Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Christian Sarron, Niall Mackenzie and Wayne Rainey.

Rainey and Mackenzie get a good launch, and through the first turn it’s Rainey and he’s opening a gap the field. Rainey is using carbon fiber brakes for the first time, which had only been tested and not raced on.

Kevin Schwantz is in around 8th place and tries to pass two or three riders simultaneously at the chicane, but crashes into Ron Haslam and causes a bottleneck. Haslam struggles to get out of the gravel and back into the race, and Schwantz is out with a broken kneecap. Marco Papa highsides out of the race.

Finishing the first lap it’s Rainey, then a gap to Gardner, Sarron, and Mackenzie. Randy Mamola and Norihiko Fujiwara come together at the hairpin, but stay up.

Rainey is maintaining a gap, and Gardner makes a mistake at the chicane and lets Sarron and Mackenzie through, but he’s soon back to 2nd. Mamola is sliding the rear and waving to the crowd.

On the last lap, McElnea highsides coming out of the chicane.

Rainey wins his first premier-class GP.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 49:33.670 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +6.970 17
3 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +8.780 15
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +11.840 13
5 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +36.750 11
6 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +40.970 10
7 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha +51.360 9
8 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +51.810 8
9 United Kingdom Roger Burnett Honda +52.390 7
10 Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha +1:21.840 6
11 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:32.450 5
12 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13 United States Mike Baldwin Honda +1 Lap 3
14 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda +1 Lap 2
15 Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda +1 Lap 1
16 France Patrick Igoa Yamaha +1 Lap
17 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap
18 San Marino Fabio Barchitta Honda +1 Lap
19 Spain Daniel Amatriain Honda +1 Lap
20 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +1 Lap
21 United Kingdom Dave Leach Suzuki +1 Lap
22 Netherlands Maarten Duyzers Honda +1 Lap
23 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap
24 Netherlands Kees vd Endt Honda +1 Lap
25 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +1 Lap
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki Retirement
Ret France Rachel Nicotte Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Darren Dixon Suzuki Retirement
Ret Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki Retirement
Ret Switzerland Wolfgang von Muralt Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda Retirement
Ret France Raymond Roche Cagiva Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Steve Spray Suzuki Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Marco Papa Honda Retirement

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