1990 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Date 26 August 1990
Location Brno
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.403 km (3.357 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:02.725
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 2:03.718
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second Australia Wayne Gardner
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Helmut Bradl
Time 2:07.404
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Carlos Cardús
Time 2:07.341
First Spain Carlos Cardús
Second United States John Kocinski
Third Germany Helmut Bradl
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Unknown
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Germany Stefan Prein
Third Italy Alessandro Gramigni

The 1990 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 24–26 August 1990 at the Masaryk Circuit located in Brno, Czechoslovakia.

500 cc race[edit]

Wayne Gardner crashes twice in the same qualifying session, without serious injury, and Eddie Lawson highsides.

Wayne Rainey gets the start, followed closely by Gardner, then Lawson, Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz. Gardner through into first, Schwantz into third.

As he closes the gap to the pair in front, Schwantz's front-end tucks in and he crashes out of third place. He runs to the bike to pick it up, but it is starting to burn.

Rainey is only just managing to stay on Gardner's wheel, and eventually passes. By the last lap, Rainey is well ahead of Gardner, and he wins the race and the championship. Lawson takes third, but is absent from the podium celebrations. While it may have been a coincidence that Lawson disappeared on the day he lost his title to Rainey, Lawson had a big fight with crew chief Warren Willing about the bike and left the facilities before the podium ceremonies.[1]:147

Rainey: "Then, when I crossed the finish line, and I was World Champion, I had a burst of emotion. I felt really great, for about two tenths of a second. Then it was gone, and it was like – wow, what happened to everything? Here I am, with the thing I've devoted everything to win, and there wasn’t anything there. It left me feeling really disappointed. It meant so much more to me emotionally losing the title in Sweden when I crashed out than it did winning it. It felt strange."[1]:146

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +47:50.847 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +2.003 17
3 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +19.531 15
4 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +35.174 13
5 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +42.617 11
6 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +46.250 10
7 Spain Sito Pons Honda +51.386 9
8 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +1:06.249 8
9 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +1:07.917 7
10 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Honda +1:19.415 6
11 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:38.932 5
12 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva +2:06.055 4
13 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Honda +1 Lap 2
15 France Rachel Nicotte Plaisir +1 Lap 1
16 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap
17 Germany M. Troesch Honda +2 Laps
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Austria Karl Truchsess Honda Retirement
Ret Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva Retirement


  1. ^ a b Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey". Haynes Publishing, 1997.

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