1989 German motorcycle Grand Prix

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West Germany  1989 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Hockenheimring prior to 2002.svg
Date 28 May 1989
Location Hockenheimring
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.148 km (3.199 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:02.620
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:02.680
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third Australia Mick Doohan
250 cc
Pole position
Rider West Germany Helmut Bradl
Time 2:11.040
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 2:10.990
First Spain Sito Pons
Second West Germany Reinhold Roth
Third Japan Masahiro Shimizu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Ezio Gianola
Time 2:23.640
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Julian Miralles
Time 2:24.160
First Spain Àlex Crivillé
Second Italy Ezio Gianola
Third Spain Julian Miralles
80 cc
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Time 2:32.240
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
First West Germany Peter Öttl
Second Spain Manuel Herreros
Third Spain Herri Torrontegui

The 1989 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the sixth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 26–28 May 1989 at the Hockenheimring circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

The front of the grid is Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, who stay in that order through the first few turns, though Mick Doohan soon takes third spot behind Lawson and Rainey, pushing Schwantz into third.

Lawson seems to miss a shift at a chicane, and lets Rainey and Schwantz through, who have become the leading group of three. The group is tight, and Schwantz still hasn’t broken himself of the habit of looking behind him for no good reason.

Lawson puts himself at the front again, while back down the field Niall Mackenzie crashes out.

Schwantz develops a mechanical and drops out, leaving Lawson and Rainey to fight it out for first and Doohan and Christian Sarron for third place.

Last lap: Lawson ahead for the first half, but Rainey gets past on the brakes to a chicane. Going into the stadium section, Rainey is doing everything to keep Lawson behind him, doing a tremendous slide on his Dunlops. Rainey takes a very close win from Lawson, with a big gap to Doohan, then Pierfrancesco Chili and Sarron.

Two DNFs in a row seem to have ended Schwantz' hope for the championship, who was already pessimistic since his crash at Jerez. Schwantz can still affect the outcome of the championship by getting between Lawson and Rainey and denying the latter some points. Rainey and Lawson needle each other after the race and then say nothing to each other for the rest of the season.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 39:14.750 20
2 United States Eddie Lawson Honda +0.270 17
3 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +20.710 15
4 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +25.720 13
5 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +37.000 11
6 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha +42.980 10
7 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +43.540 9
8 France Dominique Sarron Honda +44.980 8
9 United States Freddie Spencer Yamaha +53.020 7
10 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1:08.530 6
11 West Germany Ernst Gschwender Suzuki +1 Lap 5
12 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1 Lap 4
13 Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha +1 Lap 3
14 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap 2
15 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +1 Lap 1
16 West Germany Hansjoerg Butz Honda +1 Lap
17 France Rachel Nicotte Chevallier Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Italy Vittorio Scatola Honda +1 Lap
19 Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda +1 Lap
20 West Germany Petr Schleef Honda +1 Lap
21 West Germany Michael Rudroff Honda +1 Lap
22 Austria Josef Doppler Honda +1 Lap
23 Sweden Peter Linden Honda +1 Lap
24 West Germany Stefan Klabacher Honda +1 Lap
25 West Germany Helmut Schutz Honda +1 Lap
26 West Germany Hans Klingebiel Suzuki +1 Lap
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki Retirement
Ret West Germany Georg Robert Jung Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret West Germany Walther Maier Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Roland Busch Honda Retirement
Ret Austria Karl Dauer Honda Retirement
Ret Spain Francisco Gonzales Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Marco Papa Paton Retirement
Ret West Germany Alois Meyer Honda Retirement
Ret West Germany Martin Troesch Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Vincenzo Cascino Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha Retirement

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