1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Spa.png
Date 7 July 1990
Location Spa-Francorchamps
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:23.264
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 2:45.784
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second France Jean-Philippe Ruggia
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 2:31.106
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 2:47.579
First United States John Kocinski
Second Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Third Spain Carlos Cardús
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 2:41.811
Fastest lap
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan
Time 2:58.280
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Italy Loris Capirossi
Third Italy Bruno Casanova

The 1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix was the ninth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 July 1990 at Spa-Francorchamps.

500 cc race report[edit]

Last year, Spa organizers ran three races because of rain, but it’s dry for qualifying, with Kevin Schwantz taking pole; Pierfrancesco Chili falls off at high-speed 6th-gear left-hander, breaking his arm.

Race day is wet, and as is often the case, Schwantz gets the pole but Wayne Rainey gets the start, ahead of Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, and Wayne Gardner.

Race order becomes Rainey, Lawson, Christian Sarron, Schwantz, Doohan, Randy Mamola, Gardner and Jean-Philippe Ruggia.

Rainey opens up a gap to Lawson, then a small gap to a group of Schwantz, Sarron and Mamola. Mamola gets a wriggle on and passes Sarron and Schwantz.

Schwantz is stuck in place, while Mamola and Ruggia leave him behind and catch up to Lawson. When Mamola shows Lawson a front wheel, Lawson fights back and keeps him behind. Mamola makes a mistake and falls out of third place, leaving Ruggia to battle with Lawson for second place. Ruggia soon leaves Lawson behind and starts to close the gap to Rainey, but it’s too much. Schwantz finishes in 7th.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 50:29.205 20
2 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +4.522 17
3 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +20.566 15
4 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +45.258 13
5 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva +51.060 11
6 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +1:18.021 10
7 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +1:20.961 9
8 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva +1:23.596 8
9 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1:24.073 7
10 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +1:50.520 6
11 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha +2:01.935 5
12 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +2:20.060 4
13 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Austria Karl Truchsess Paton +1 Lap 2
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap 1
Ret Italy Marco Papa Honda Retirement
Ret Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Cagiva Retirement
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda Retirement

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