1989 British motorcycle Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1989 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Donington as of 2006.svg
Date 6 August 1989
Location Donington
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.023 km (2.500 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:34.050
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Time 1:34.510
Podium
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:38.310
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:38.330
Podium
First Spain Sito Pons
Second West Germany Reinhold Roth
Third Japan Masahiro Shimizu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan
Time 1:43.750
Fastest lap
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan
Time 1:44.670
Podium
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Spain Àlex Crivillé
Third Italy Ezio Gianola

The 1989 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 4–6 August 1989 at Donington Park.

500 cc race report[edit]

Luca Cadalora is brought in to replace Freddie Spencer, who’s been released by team manager Giacomo Agostini.

In the first lap Wayne Rainey’s in front of a group of 4 riders, with Kevin Schwantz, Christian Sarron and Eddie Lawson. Rainey and Schwantz trade the lead, while Niall Mackenzie comes up from behind. Mackenzie is having a good day, as he passes Lawson and Rainey to move into second behind Schwantz. Mackenzie takes the lead for half a lap, but Schwantz gets it back at the chicane, and soon Lawson passes him as well. Wayne Gardner retires with a mechanical.

Rainey passes Mackenzie, but Schwantz and Lawson have gotten far ahead. Schwantz takes the win from Lawson by a few bike lengths, and Rainey comes in third. With 3 rounds to go, Lawson is less than 7 points away from Rainey with 60 points still to be decided.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 47:45.670 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Honda +0.970 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +8.600 15
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha +10.940 13
5 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +28.310 11
6 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +38.490 10
7 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki +47.360 9
8 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha +51.770 8
9 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +1:27.710 7
10 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1 Lap 6
11 United States Fred Merkel Honda +1 Lap 5
12 United Kingdom Roger Burnett Honda +1 Lap 4
13 Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior +1 Lap 3
14 Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda +1 Lap 2
15 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap 1
16 Italy Marco Papa Paton +2 Laps
17 New Zealand Robert Holden Honda +2 Laps
18 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +2 Laps
19 France Claude Albert Suzuki +2 Laps
20 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki +2 Laps
21 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +2 Laps
22 Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda +2 Laps
23 United Kingdom Peter Graves Honda +2 Laps
Ret United Kingdom Ian Pratt Suzuki Retirement
Ret Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Mark Phillips Suzuki Retirement
Ret France Dominique Sarron Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda Retirement
Ret France Rachel Nicotte Chevallier Yamaha Retirement
Ret Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda Retirement
Ret Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom John Mossey Suzuki Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Andy McGladdery Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom David Crampton Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Alan Carter Honda Retirement


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