1989 Brazilian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Brazil  1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna (Goiânia) track map (Brazil)--Mixed circuit.svg
Date 17 September 1989
Location Goiânia
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.835 km (2.383 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:25.440
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Time 1:26.980
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Loris Reggiani
Time 1:28.980
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:29.260
First Italy Luca Cadalora
Second Japan Masahiro Shimizu
Third Italy Loris Reggiani

The 1989 Brazilian motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 15–17 September 1989 at the Goiânia circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wayne Rainey has to win and Eddie Lawson has to finish outside the top 11 in order for Lawson to lose the championship. Reflecting on the mistake in Sweden that turned the championship around, Rainey says: “It’s really hard to tell you what I feel like. I just feel like I’ve been beat up by everybody in the world, and I just feel so down and disappointed in myself. I just felt I really let myself down and my team. You know, it makes you feel like crap.”[1]

Though he can phone in the race and still win the championship, Lawson gets the start and the first apex, followed by Kevin Schwantz and Rainey. Rainey passes Schwantz, who nearly highsides in third spot. The track surface is slippery, and Mick Doohan shows it by doing a big rear-end slide.

Schwantz passes Rainey, but it almost doesn’t stick, as Rainey tries to deny him the pass and they almost touch. Lawson is getting a small gap in the lead.

Going through dense backmarker traffic, Schwantz catches Lawson. Both bikes are squirming and bucking under acceleration. In Lawson’s draft on the straight, Schwantz pops out and passes on the brakes. Schwantz shows he can slide with the best of them as he gets the back-end spinning on the exits.

Schwantz manages to put a #32 between him and Lawson. Vince Cascino, perhaps trying to match Schwantz’ pace, crashes right in front of Lawson, who manages to avoid the bike and rider but the distraction costs him some tenths.

Last lap, Schwantz wins with a gap between him and Lawson, and Rainey takes third.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 46:44.390 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Honda +1.710 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +11.220 15
4 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +19.120 13
5 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki +24.250 11
6 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +33.420 10
7 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +33.630 9
8 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +38.610 8
9 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha +1:06.640 7
10 France Adrien Morillas Honda +1:10.020 6
11 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:11.650 5
12 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1:12.430 4
13 Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha +1 Lap 3
14 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap 2
15 Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda +2 Laps 1
16 Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda +3 Laps
17 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +3 Laps
Ret Italy Vincenzo Cascino Suzuki Retirement
Ret France Dominique Sarron Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda Retirement


  1. ^ Duke Video: "Bike GP 1989 Review". Videocassette.

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