1990 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
Date April 8, 1990
Location Laguna Seca
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.602 km (2.238 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner
Time 1:25.908
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:25.838
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:28.866
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:29.178
First United States John Kocinski
Second Italy Luca Cadalora
Third Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg

The 1990 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of April 6–8, 1990 at Laguna Seca.

500 cc race report[edit]

Eddie Lawson's season goes from bad to worse: during practice his brakes fail at speed, and he hits the straw bales hard, shattering his right ankle. He'll be sidelined until round 8 at Assen.

Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz both get away together at the start; Rainey's front wheel lifts, and maybe because of that, he and Schwantz touch as they head toward the hairpin. The order as they make their way to the Corkscrew is Rainey, Schwantz, Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan and Kevin Magee. Magee soon crashes out of the race, which gets red-flagged because an ambulance needs to get on the track, Magee suffering severe head injuries and ending his season. He recovers, but never races at the same level.

At the new start, Schwantz gets to the hairpin first, followed by Sito Pons and Rainey. Rainey soon passes Pons and a gap forms to the fight for third, between Gardner, Pons and Doohan. On the uphill approach to the Corkscrew, Gardner highsides up and out.

Rainey passes on Turn 11, and is able to keep Schwantz behind him for a lap. As they go through Turn 11 to start the last lap, Schwantz highsides, and injures his wrist too much to continue, which is later discovered to be a fracture.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 50:55.379 20
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +30.386 17
3 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Honda +59.233 15
4 France Christian Sarron Yamaha +1:13.006 13
5 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +1:22.592 11
6 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +1 Lap 10
7 United States Randy Mamola Cagiva +1 Lap 9
8 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva +1 Lap 8
9 Sweden Peter Lindén Honda +3 Laps 7
10 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda +3 Laps 6
Ret Australia Kevin Magee Suzuki Retirement
Ret Japan Tadahiko Taira Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Ron Haslam Cagiva Retirement
Ret Spain Sito Pons Honda Retirement
DNS United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha Crash in practice

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1990 Japanese Grand Prix
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1990 Spanish Grand Prix
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1989 United States Grand Prix
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