1990 German motorcycle Grand Prix

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Germany  1990 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Nürburgring - Grand-Prix-Strecke.svg
Date 27 May 1990
Location Nürburgring
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.148 km (3.199 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:38.185
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:39.048
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:42.518
Fastest lap
Rider Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
Time 1:43.046
First Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
Second Spain Carlos Cardús
Third United States John Kocinski
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:51.766
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:51.433
First Italy Doriano Romboni
Second Germany Dirk Raudies
Third Italy Loris Capirossi

The 1990 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 25–27 May 1990 at the Nürburgring race track.

500 cc race report[edit]

Though recovering from injury, Wayne Gardner refuses to stay off the bike, and breaks his foot badly in practice. In qualifying, Wayne Rainey falls off and breaks a finger, but makes the start.

Through the first turn it’s Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan and Pierfrancesco Chili. Rainey is down at 6th.

After a few laps it’s Schwantz, Doohan and Chili, then a small gap to Christian Sarron, Sito Pons and Rainey. In a bizarre accident, Doohan and Chili, without touching, have simultaneous highsides. Doohan’s crash is messy, his bike riding him off the track.

Schwantz is safely away, and Rainey takes the lead in the new fight for second. Rainey leaves the group, and the fight for third is split three-ways between Mackenzie, Sarron and Pons.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 50:18.517 20
2 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +11.868 17
3 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Suzuki +27.206 15
4 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +35.129 13
5 Spain Sito Pons Honda +44.015 11
6 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +1:02.188 10
7 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1:21.646 9
8 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva +1 Lap 8
9 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1 Lap 7
10 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +1 Lap 6
11 Italy Marco Papa Honda +1 Lap 5
12 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe Honda +1 Lap 4
13 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +1 Lap 3
14 Germany Hansjoerg Butz Honda +1 Lap 2
15 Sweden Peter Linden Honda +1 Lap 1
16 Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton +6 Laps
Ret Australia Mick Doohan Honda Retirement
Ret Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda Retirement

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1990 Nations Grand Prix
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1990 Austrian Grand Prix
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1989 German Grand Prix
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1991 German Grand Prix