1990 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Australia  1990 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.svg
Date 16 September 1990
Location Phillip Island
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.445 km (2.762 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Mick Doohan
Time 1:34.788
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner
Time 1:34.560
First Australia Wayne Gardner
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:37.531
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:36.681
First United States John Kocinski
Second Germany Helmut Bradl
Third Italy Luca Cadalora
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan
Time 1:44.528
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:43.959
First Italy Loris Capirossi
Second Italy Bruno Casanova
Third Italy Doriano Romboni

The 1990 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 14–16 September 1990 at Phillip Island.

500 cc race report[edit]

Cagiva sat out the last race, as the grid was headed by Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner and Eddie Lawson. The start went to the Rothmans Hondas, but by the hairpin Wayne Rainey was up to third. Exiting the hairpin, Gardner almost highsided, letting Rainey through.

Rainey took the lead from Doohan, with Gardner making it a trio away at the front. Rainey was passed by Doohan on the straight, but he re-took the lead by barging through the inside of the hairpin. Doohan passed on the straight again: the Yamaha was never beaten on straight-line speed. The trio became a quartet as Schwantz caught up, having set the fastest lap of the race.

Gardner's fairing came loose after his near-crash, but he managed to pass Rainey on the straight to take second spot, and again Rainey inelegantly pushed Gardner wide on the hairpin apex, which allowed Schwantz into third. With 7 laps to go, Doohan was out front down the straight, Schwantz in second and Gardner back into third as he passed Rainey into Turn One. He then passed Schwantz before the hairpin.

Gardner passed Doohan in Turn One, causing Doohan to nearly highside through the right-hander as Schwantz closed the gap that had been forming and then goes on to pass him. Rainey was still in fourth place. On the brakes into Turn One, Schwantz had a high-speed highside and crashed out of second. Gardner won the race in front of Doohan, with a small gap to Rainey in third.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 47:45.053 20
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +0.856 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +2.739 15
4 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +42.532 13
5 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +54.520 11
6 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1:00.539 10
7 Spain Sito Pons Honda +1:05.231 9
8 Australia Peter Goddard Yamaha +1:30.221 8
9 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +1 Lap 7
10 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 6
11 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap 5
12 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap 4
Ret France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha Retirement
Ret Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement

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