1988 German motorcycle Grand Prix

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West Germany  1988 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Nürburgring-1984-GP.svg
Date 29 May 1988
Location Nürburgring
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.542 km (2.822 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
First United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
Second United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Third France Christian Sarron Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Thierry Rapicault Fior-Rotax
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
First Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha
Second Spain Sito Pons Honda
Third Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan Honda
Fastest lap
Rider West Germany Alfred Waibel Honda
First Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Second Spain Julián Miralles Honda
Third Netherlands Hans Spaan Honda
80 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
First Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Second Spain Àlex Crivillé Derbi
Third Spain Manuel Herreros Derbi
Sidecar (B2A)
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
First Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Second United Kingdom Steve Webster LCR-Krauser
Third Switzerland Alfred Zurbrügg LCR-Yamaha

The 1988 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the sixth round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 27–29 May 1988 at the Nürburgring circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wet race. Wayne Gardner on pole. Wayne Rainey took the first turn from Eddie Lawson, Pierfrancesco Chili, Christian Sarron, Kevin Schwantz (from the second row).

Sarron, considered a good wet rider, took the lead. At the end of lap one it was Sarron, Schwantz, Lawson, Kevin Magee, Rainey, and Chili. Schwantz moved into first, then it was Sarron, Magee, Lawson, and Rainey. Schwantz had a large lead. Magee went down. The track was drying slightly. Heading towards the last lap, Schwantz was looking ragged going through a chicane, but he held it together to the line.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 1'01:52.270 20
2 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +25.030 17
3 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +51.550 15
4 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +1:08.740 13
5 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +1:12.170 11
6 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +1:12.550 10
7 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Yamaha +1:20.280 9
8 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +1:43.880 8
9 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda +1 Lap 7
10 Japan Shunji Yatsushiro Honda +1 Lap 6
11 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Suzuki +1 Lap 5
12 France Patrick Igoa Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13 West Germany Peter Schleef Honda +2 Laps 3
14 Italy Marco Papa Honda +2 Laps 2
15 West Germany Michael Rudroff Honda +2 Laps 1
16 Italy Alessandro Valesi Honda +2 Laps
17 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +2 Laps
18 Switzerland Wolfgang von Muralt Suzuki +2 Laps
19 Netherlands Maarten Duyzers Honda +2 Laps
20 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +2 Laps
21 West Germany Helmut Schutz Honda +2 Laps
22 Finland Ari Ramo Honda +2 Laps
23 Sweden Peter Skold Honda +2 Laps
24 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +2 Laps
25 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +2 Laps
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Cagiva Retirement
Ret West Germany Georg Robert Jung Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Manfred Fischer Honda Retirement
Ret Spain Daniel Amatriain Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Massimo Broccoli Cagiva Retirement
Ret Sweden Peter Linden Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Hans Klingebiel Suzuki Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Ron Haslam Elf Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Hansjoerg Butz Honda Retirement
Ret San Marino Fabio Barchitta Honda Retirement

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