1989 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Track map for Salzburgring in Austria.svg
Date 4 June 1989
Location Salzburgring
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:19.230
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:19.150
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:24.690
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:24.690
First Spain Sito Pons
Second Switzerland Jacques Cornu
Third West Germany Martin Wimmer
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:32.580
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:38.130
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Spain Julián Miralles
Third Spain Àlex Crivillé

The 1989 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 2–4 June 1989 at the Salzburgring.

500 cc race report[edit]

Another pole for Kevin Schwantz, with Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey on his left as the light turns green. Lawson leads a large group through the first lap, with Rainey, Schwantz and about 4 other riders. Soon it’s a trio of the leading riders, until Schwantz begins to desperately open a gap, his bike squirming and bucking into the corners. A red mist seems to descend on Rainey, as he passes Lawson on the outside to briefly move into second, while Ron Haslam leads a fight for fourth that includes Christian Sarron, Pierfrancesco Chili, Kevin Magee and Mick Doohan, the last going off track trying to come to terms with the pace.

Schwantz enlarges his gap, while Lawson drops Rainey, which turns out to be the podium order. Rainey’s 13 point lead over Lawson is down to 11.

500cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 38:39.005 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Honda +2.130 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +19.900 15
4 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +37.830 13
5 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +38.140 11
6 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +38.500 10
7 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki +38.910 9
8 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +56.770 8
9 United States Freddie Spencer Yamaha +58.040 7
10 France Dominique Sarron Honda +1:03.590 6
11 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1:15.170 5
12 Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +2 Laps 2
15 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +2 Laps 1
16 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +2 Laps
17 West Germany Georg Robert Jung Honda +2 Laps
18 West Germany Stefan Klabacher Honda +2 Laps
19 West Germany Michael Rudroff Honda +2 Laps
20 Austria Karl Dauer Honda +2 Laps
21 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +2 Laps
22 Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda +2 Laps
23 Czechoslovakia Pavel Dekanek Honda +3 Laps
24 Austria Rudolf Zeller Manhattan +3 Laps
25 West Germany Hans Klingebiel Honda +3 Laps
26 Austria Thomas Berghammer Suzuki +3 Laps
Ret West Germany Alois Meyer Honda Retirement
Ret Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Cagiva Retirement
Ret Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda Retirement

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1989 German Grand Prix
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