1990 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Le Mans Bugatti.png
Date 22 July 1990
Location Le Mans
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:40.755
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:41.953
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second Australia Wayne Gardner
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Carlos Cardús
Time 1:45.055
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:46.030
First Spain Carlos Cardús
Second Italy Luca Cadalora
Third Italy Loris Reggiani
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:53.688
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:54.006
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Italy Doriano Romboni
Third Germany Stefan Prein

The 1990 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the tenth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 20–22 July 1990 at the Bugatti Circuit located in Le Mans.

500 cc race report[edit]

Kevin Schwantz on pole and race day is hot and sunny.

Wayne Rainey wheelies halfway down the straight, giving the first turn to Wayne Gardner, then it’s Mick Doohan in third place.

Gardner goes very wide on a turn and has to sit up, letting Rainey through and when he gets back on the racing line, he forces Doohan wide as well.

It’s still a tight race at the front between Rainey, Gardner, Schwantz, Doohan, Eddie Lawson and Christian Sarron.

Gardner takes Rainey on the straight, and in the same place Gardner went wide, Rainey goes a little off-line too, this time letting Schwantz through into second.

At La Chapelle Gardner goes wide again, and Schwantz takes the lead easily.

By the last lap, Schwantz has a good gap in first, followed by Gardner and Rainey.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 48:05.213 20
2 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +2.420 17
3 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +3.333 15
4 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +4.865 13
5 United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha +10.157 11
6 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +20.480 10
7 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1:18.898 9
8 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1:30.771 8
9 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1:41.299 7
10 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva +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 France Christian Sarron Yamaha Retirement
Ret Austria Karl Truchsess Honda Retirement
Ret France Rachel Nicotte Chevallier Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton Retirement
Ret Germany M. Troesch Honda Retirement
Ret Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva Retirement

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1990 Belgian Grand Prix
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1990 season
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1990 British Grand Prix
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1989 French Grand Prix
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