1989 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Date 27 August 1989
Location Brno
Course Permanent racing facility
5.403 km (3.357 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:03.160
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:04.400
Podium
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider West Germany Reinhold Roth
Time 2:08.500
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Juan Garriga
Time 2:09.670
Podium
First West Germany Reinhold Roth
Second Japan Masahiro Shimizu
Third Switzerland Jacques Cornu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 2:16.370
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Koji Takada
Time 2:17.250
Podium
First Spain Àlex Crivillé
Second Netherlands Hans Spaan
Third West Germany Stefan Prein
80 cc
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Time 2:24.605
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Podium
First Spain Herri Torrontegui
Second Spain Manuel Herreros
Third Spain Jorge Martínez

The 1989 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix was the penultimate round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 25–27 August 1989 at the Masaryk Circuit located in Brno, Czechoslovakia.

500 cc race report[edit]

8th pole position for Kevin Schwantz, with Eddie Lawson behind. Wayne Gardner crashes in practice and is unable to make the start.

Despite Schwantz’ poles, more often than not it’s Wayne Rainey who gets the start, today being followed by Lawson, Schwantz, Christian Sarron, Pierfrancesco Chili, Kevin Magee.

Schwantz gets past Lawson and Rainey for the lead, while Sarron settles into fourth with a growing gap back to fifth place.

Lawson passes Rainey for second and then gets past Schwantz for the lead. The battle for fifth is split between Ron Haslam, Chili and Magee.

Lawson and Schwantz leave Rainey behind as they start to encounter back-marker traffic. Lawson need only finish just behind Rainey in the remaining two races, but it looks like he wants the win today, staying fast enough to keep Schwantz behind him for a little, until Schwantz overtakes again.

Niall Mackenzie moves up to fifth spot, ahead of Haslam, and Chili.

Making it look easy, Schwantz drops Lawson, who’s fighting for grip a good ways back. Further back, Rainey is caught by Sarron, but team orders prevail as Rainey is allowed to stay in third spot. The podium is Schwantz, Lawson and Rainey, the last now 15.5 points behind Lawson in the standings.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 48:20.649 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Honda +5.977 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +26.031 15
4 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +26.056 13
5 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +51.153 11
6 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha +51.158 10
7 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +52.931 9
8 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki +55.071 8
9 Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha +1:19.178 7
10 France Adrien Morillas Honda +1:25.785 6
11 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:28.975 5
12 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1:50.777 4
13 Italy Alberto Rota Yamaha +1 Lap 3
14 Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha +1 Lap 2
15 Sweden Peter Linden Honda +1 Lap 1
16 Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda +1 Lap
17 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap
18 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +1 Lap
19 Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda +1 Lap
20 West Germany Michael Rudroff Honda +1 Lap
21 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap
22 West Germany Stefan Klabacher Honda +1 Lap
23 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki +1 Lap
24 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +1 Lap
25 Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda +2 Laps
26 Italy Vincenzo Cascino Suzuki +2 Laps
27 Austria Rudolf Zeller Honda +2 Laps
28 Czechoslovakia Pavel Dekanek Honda +2 Laps
29 Italy Dario Marchetti Honda +2 Laps
30 Netherlands Harry Heutmekers Suzuki +2 Laps
31 Austria Michael Kaplam Honda +2 Laps
Ret West Germany Helmut Schutz Honda Retirement
Ret Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Marco Papa Paton Retirement
Ret Czechoslovakia Marian Troliga Suzuki Retirement
Ret Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Retirement
Ret Austria Thomas Berghammer Suzuki Retirement
Ret United States Peter Graves Honda Retirement
Ret Austria Karl Dauer Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Hans Klingebiel Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda Retirement


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