1989 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix

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Sweden  1989 Swedish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Scandinavian Raceway.svg
Date 13 August 1989
Location Anderstrop
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.025 km (2.501 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:32.490
Fastest lap
Rider France Christian Sarron
Time 1:31.990
First United States Eddie Lawson
Second France Christian Sarron
Third Australia Wayne Gardner
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Carlos Cardús
Time 1:36.740
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:36.360
First Spain Sito Pons
Second West Germany Reinhold Roth
Third Switzerland Jacques Cornu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:43.610
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:42.770
First Spain Àlex Crivillé
Second Netherlands Hans Spaan
Third Japan Koji Takada

The 1989 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 11–13 August 1989 at the Anderstorp circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Wayne Rainey takes pole, then it’s Kevin Schwantz and Eddie Lawson. Rainey gets the start, and Lawson moves into second, followed by Schwantz.

A lead group forms, with Rainey, a small gap to Lawson, then another small gap to Schwantz, Kevin Magee and Christian Sarron.

Schwantz cruises into the pits with a mechanical, and Lawson closes the gap to Rainey and moves into the lead. Sarron is in third a couple of bike lengths behind, and Wayne Gardner passes Magee for fourth spot.

With two laps to go, Rainey is right behind Lawson and highsides on the exit of a right-hander. It's a long tumble, but he gets up and doesn’t try to pick up the bike. Though it’s Rainey’s only real mistake all year, Lawson’s consistency and improvement brings him the win and a lead in the standings by 13.5 points. Sarron takes second, Gardner third.

Says Lawson of the lap that saw Rainey go down: "That was my fastest lap of the race; I'd never got on the throttle that early all race. When I cracked it open, Wayne followed me, and there was no way the Dunlop was going to do that. It wasn’t Wayne, it was the tyres."[1]

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Eddie Lawson Honda 46:31.950 20
2 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +5.650 17
3 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +25.030 15
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha +31.630 13
5 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +51.550 11
6 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Suzuki +55.450 10
7 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +55.660 9
8 France Adrien Morillas Honda +55.840 8
9 United Kingdom Rob McElnea Honda +1:33.500 7
10 Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha +1 Lap 6
11 Italy Alessandro Valesi Yamaha +1 Lap 5
12 United Kingdom Damon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap 4
13 Italy Fabio Biliotti Honda +2 Laps 3
14 Switzerland Bruno Kneubuhler Honda +2 Laps 2
15 Spain Juan Lopez Mella Honda +2 Laps 1
16 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +2 Laps
17 Finland Timo Paavilainen Suzuki +2 Laps
Ret Norway Torbjorn Bastiansen Suzuki Retirement
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Suzuki Retirement
Ret United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Alan Carter Honda Retirement
Ret Austria Josef Doppler Honda Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Switzerland Marco Gentile Fior Retirement
Ret France Rachel Nicotte Chevallier Yamaha Retirement
Ret Sweden Peter Linden Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha Retirement


  1. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 140. Haynes Publishing, 1997

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