1991 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  1991 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 15 races in the
1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Paul Ricard.svg
Date 21 July 1991
Location Paul Ricard
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.812 km (2.369 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:21.571
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:22.108
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Helmut Bradl
Time 1:25.955
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Loris Reggiani
Time 1:25.965
First Italy Loris Reggiani
Second Germany Helmut Bradl
Third Spain Carlos Cardús
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Noboru Ueda
Time 1:32.538
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Ralf Waldmann
Time 1:32.422
First Italy Loris Capirossi
Second Germany Ralf Waldmann
Third Italy Fausto Gresini

The 1991 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the tenth round of the 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 19–21 July 1991 at the Paul Ricard circuit

500 cc race report[edit]

Wayne Rainey on pole, Mick Doohan 2nd at .5 second, John Kocinski 3rd and Kevin Schwantz 4th on the grid. Doohan gets the start from Schwantz, Eddie Lawson and Rainey. After a bad start, Kocinski crashes out hard on the first lap.

By the end of the first lap, Rainey is showing Doohan a front wheel and it’s a 2-man fight for 1st very early with a 4-man group fighting for 3rd.

Rainey takes the lead from Doohan and Lawson and Schwantz remain behind to determine 3rd place.

On the last lap, Rainey expertly zigzags across the Mistral Straight, preventing Doohan from draft-passing, and Lawson wins his fight from Schwantz.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 44:13.070 20
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +4.000 17
3 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva +23.646 15
4 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +23.730 13
5 France Jean Philippe Ruggia Yamaha +31.387 11
6 United States Doug Chandler Yamaha +49.660 10
7 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Suzuki +55.097 9
8 France Adrien Morillas Yamaha +1:12.584 8
9 Spain Sito Pons Honda +1:17.300 7
10 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda +2 Laps 6
11 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +2 Laps 5
12 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda +2 Laps 4
13 Italy Marco Papa Honda +2 Laps 3
14 Germany Michael Rudroff Honda +2 Laps 2
15 Austria Josef Doppler Yamaha +3 Laps 1
Ret Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Honda Retirement
Ret Germany Hans Becker Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States John Kocinski Yamaha Retirement

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1991 Dutch TT
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
1991 season
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1991 British Grand Prix
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1990 French Grand Prix
French motorcycle Grand Prix Next race:
1992 French Grand Prix