1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1991 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 43rd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

The beginning of the 1990s marked a golden age for Grand Prix motorcycle racing.[1] The rivalry between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz was in full flow while Mick Doohan started to come into his own.[1] Eddie Lawson had switched to Cagiva and started to have some respectable results.[1] In a one-year quirk, only 13 races counted as, competitors were allowed to drop their two worst scores.[1] The Yugoslavia round was dropped because of the civil war and replaced with a Grand Prix of Europe at Jarama.[1] The Brazilian round was also dropped at the last minute over track safety concerns and replaced with a race held at Le Mans.[1] The inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix was held at Shah Alam.[1]

For the 1991 season, Michelin decided to supply only the Rothmans Honda team with tires; everybody else used Dunlops.[1][2]

Luca Cadalora won the 250 title in a dominating fashion with eight wins.[1] In the 125 class, Italian teenager Loris Capirossi swept to the title for the second consecutive year.[1]

1991 500 cc Season review[edit]

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
2 Australia Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
3 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca no race Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Noboru Ueda Germany Helmut Bradl Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 Italy Italian Grand Prix Misano Italy Fausto Gresini Italy Luca Cadalora Australia Mick Doohan Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim Germany Ralf Waldmann Germany Helmut Bradl United States Kevin Schwantz Report
7 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Italy Fausto Gresini Germany Helmut Bradl Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 Europe European Grand Prix Jarama Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
9 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Germany Ralf Waldmann Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United States Kevin Schwantz Report
10 France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Loris Reggiani United States Wayne Rainey Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States Kevin Schwantz Report
12 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Mugello Germany Peter Öttl Italy Luca Cadalora United States Wayne Rainey Report
13 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Italy Alessandro Gramigni Germany Helmut Bradl United States Wayne Rainey Report
14 Europe Vitesse du Mans Grand Prix Le Mans no race Germany Helmut Bradl United States Kevin Schwantz Report
15 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Italy Loris Capirossi Italy Luca Cadalora United States John Kocinski Report

Final standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

500cc standings[3][4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
EUR
Europe
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
VDM
Europe
MAL
Malaysia
Pts
1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 3 1 1 3 9 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 3 233
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda 2 2 2 1 1 3 1 2 Ret 2 3 3 2 2 3 224
3 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 1 5 3 Ret 7 1 3 4 1 4 1 2 5 1 204
4 United States John Kocinski Yamaha 4 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 9 5 6 DNS 4 6 3 4 1 161
5 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 5 4 7 7 5 4 3 3 10 5 4 4 5 2 161
6 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva 6 6 5 6 3 4 5 Ret 4 3 6 Ret 8 126
7 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha 7 Ret 8 4 8 7 6 6 12 11 9 7 6 6 4 121
8 Belgium Didier de Radiguès Suzuki 14 10 10 8 Ret 6 8 10 5 7 8 8 7 8 8 105
9 United States Doug Chandler Yamaha 11 12 Ret 10 6 9 7 9 11 6 Ret 9 10 7 Ret 85
10 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha Ret 7 4 5 5 7 8 5 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 78
11 France Adrien Morillas Yamaha 12 9 9 9 Ret 8 Ret 8 9 8 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 71
12 Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Yamaha Ret 13 13 11 10 10 10 12 Ret 11 11 11 11 12 57
13 Brazil Alex Barros Cagiva 10 8 6 4 7 46
14 Spain Sito Pons Honda 8 Ret Ret 11 10 9 Ret Ret 9 9 Ret 40
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Honda 22 14 14 13 12 11 13 13 12 14 13 13 Ret 10 40
16 Italy Marco Papa Honda 12 11 12 Ret 13 10 12 13 9 36
17 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha 7 5 12 6 34
18 Germany Michael Rudroff Honda 15 15 12 11 14 14 14 13 14 12 Ret 26
19 Australia Kevin Magee Suzuki 13 11 5 19
20 Germany Harald Becker Yamaha 14 Ret 13 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 Ret 11 13
21 Japan Keiichiro Iwahashi Honda 9 7
22 United Kingdom Simon Buckmaster Suzuki 14 14 Ret Ret 15 15 6
23 United States Rich Oliver Yamaha 11 5
24 Switzerland Niggi Schmassman Honda 16 15 Ret Ret 15 15 Ret Ret 17 14 5
25 United Kingdom Ron Haslam Norton 12 4
26 United States Robbie Petersen Yamaha 12 4
27 Austria Josef Doppler Yamaha 17 15 17 16 16 13 4
28 Italy Romolo Balbi Honda 13 17 3
29 Luxembourg Andy Leuthe Suzuki Ret 15 18 Ret 14 3
30 United Kingdom Steve Spray Norton 15 1
31 Australia Peter Goddard Yamaha 15 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
EUR
Europe
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
VDM
Europe
MAL
Malaysia
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole Position

250cc standings[5][6][edit]

Place Rider Bike JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
USA
United States
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
Points Wins
1 Italy Luca Cadalora Honda 1 1 1 2 1 4 237 8
2 Germany Helmut Bradl Honda 7 2 8 1 2 1 220 5
3 Spain Carlos Cardús Honda 2 3 4 6 6 2 205 0
4 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda 3 4 2 Ret 5 3 158 0
5 Japan Masahiro Shimizu Honda 8 Ret 5 4 7 5 142 0
6 Italy Loris Reggiani Aprilia 9 5 3 3 4 Ret 128 1
7 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Aprilia 17 6 Ret 5 3 Ret 107 1
8 Germany Jochen Schmid Honda 13 8 10 7 8 8 96 0
9 Germany Martin Wimmer Suzuki 14 Ret 7 8 19 9 89 0
10 Italy Paolo Casoli Yamaha 26 9 Ret Ret 10 11 65 0
11 Austria Andy Preining Aprilia 19 7 6 Ret 9 6 60
12 France Jean Pierre Jeandat Honda 18 11 11 12 11 14 59
13 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 7 51
14 Venezuela Carlos Lavado Yamaha 25 10 12 11 14 15 34
15 Italy Doriano Romboni Honda Ret Ret 13 9 Ret 13 32
16 Spain Alberto Puig Yamaha 21 Ret Ret 10 Ret DNS 28
17 Germany Stefan Prein Honda 20 Ret 15 DNS 15 10 28
18 Germany Harald Eckl Aprilia Ret 14 Ret 16 12 22
19 Japan Katsuyoshi Kozono Honda 11 20
20 Italy Renzo Colleoni Aprilia Ret 13 Ret 19
21 Switzerland Bernard Haenggeli Aprilia 32 12 17 17 Ret Ret 15
22 Japan Masumitsu Taguchi Honda 4 13
23 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 5 13
24 Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 6 10
25 Spain Herri Torrontegui 8
26 Finland Erkka Korpiaho Aprilia Ret 12 DNS 8
27 Italy Max Biaggi 7
28 Japan Tsumoto Udagawa Honda 10 6
29 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia Ret Ret 22 5
30 Jose Barresi 4
30 Japan Kyoji Nanba Yamaha 12 4
30 France Dominique Sarron Yamaha Ret 16 4
33 France Frederic Protat Aprilia 30 13 Ret Ret Ret DNS 4
34 Switzerland Urs Jücker Yamaha 27 14 18 15 18 Ret 4
35 Netherlands Leon Van Der Heyden Honda 23 Ret 19 13 Ret DNS 3
35 Netherlands Patrick van den Goorbergh Yamaha 14 21 19 3
37 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh 2
38 ItalyCorrado Catalano Honda Ret Ret 24 Ret Ret Ret 1
38 Germany Bernd Kassner Honda 22 17 1
38 Japan Toshi Arakaki Honda 15 1
38 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Yamaha 29 15 Ret Ret 20 1
Spain Jaime Mariano Aprilia Ret 17 20 16 17 Ret 0
United States Jim Filice Yamaha 31 Ret 16 0
Japan Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 16 0
Australia Stephen Whitehouse Yamaha 16 0
Italy Fausto Ricci Yamaha 19 Ret 18 0
United Kingdom Ian Newton Yamaha Ret 27 18 Ret 24 0
Australia David Horton Yamaha 18 0
Australia Gavin Johnston Yamaha 19 0
France Jean Foray Yamaha 20 24 21 0
Australia Warren Palesy Yamaha 20 0
Italy Renato Colleoni Aprilia 20 0
Australia Michael Haisman Yamaha 21 0
United States Nick Ienatsch Yamaha 21 0
Japan Takehiko Kurokawa Honda 22 0
New Zealand Scott Buckley Yamaha 22 0
United States Chris D'Aluisio Yamaha 22 0
South Africa Wayne Doran Aprilia 23 23 0
United States Rick Kirk Yamaha 23 0
Japan Yoshomasa Kato Yamaha 24 0
Sweden Peter Linden Honda 28 Ret 25 0
Canada Jon Cornwell Yamaha 25 0
United States Mike Sullivan Yamaha 26 0
Italy Stefano Pennese Aprilia Ret DNS 0
Japan Hiroyuki Yamagishi Honda Ret 0
Australia Darren Milner Yamaha Ret 0
Australia Trevor Manley Yamaha Ret 0
Australia Ricky Rice Yamaha Ret 0
United States Alan Scott Yamaha Ret 0
Canada Rick Tripodi Yamaha Ret 0

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Loris Capirossi 1 Italy Honda 200 5
2 Italy Fausto Gresini 8 Italy Honda 181 2
3 West Germany Ralf Waldmann 23 Germany Honda 141 2
4 Italy Gabriele Debbia 12 Italy Aprilia 111 0
5 Japan Noboru Ueda Japan Honda 105 2
6 Spain Jorge Martínez 6 Spain Cobas 99 0
7 Italy Alessandro Gramigni 9 Italy Aprilia 90 1
8 Germany Dirk Raudies 5 Germany Honda 81 0
9 Germany Peter Öttl Germany Rotax 67 1
10 Japan Noboyuki Wakai Japan Honda 60 0
11 Switzerland Heinz Lüthi Switzerland Honda 56 0
12 Germany Adi Stadler Germany Cobas 56 0
13 Japan Kazuto Sakata Japan Honda 55 0
14 Netherlands Hans Spaan Netherlands Honda 54 0
15 Italy Bruno Casanova Italy Honda 45 0
16 Italy Ezio Gianola Italy Derbi 32 0
17 Japan Koji Takada Japan Honda 28 0
18 Italy Maurizio Vitali Italy Gazzaniga 27 0
19 Japan Hisashi Unemoto Japan Honda 15 0
20 Japan Kinya Wada Japan Honda 14 0
21 Japan Masato Shima Japan Honda 13 0
22 Spain Luis Alvaro Spain Derbi 13 0
23 Switzerland Oliver Petrucciani Switzerland Aprilia 13 0
24 Spain Herri Torrontegui Spain Cobas 12 0
25 Spain Andres Sanchez Spain Cobas 12 0
26 Italy Gimmi Bosio Italy Honda 12 0
27 Spain Julian Miralles Spain Cobas 10 0
28 Germany Alfred Waibel Germany Honda 9 0
29 Japan Akira Saito Japan Honda 8 0
30 Japan Sinya Sato Japan Honda 7 0
31 Spain Carlos Giro Jr. Spain Cobas 7 0
32 Netherlands Arie Molenaar Netherlands Honda 7 0
33 Spain Manuel Herreros Spain Cobas 6 0
34 United Kingdom Ian McConnacchie United Kingdom Honda 5 0
35 United Kingdom Steve Patrickson United Kingdom Honda 5 0
36 Finland Johnny Wickstroem Finland Cobas 5 0
37 Japan Yosuke Yamakawa Japan Honda 3 0
38 Australia Peter Galvin Australia Honda 2 0
39 France Alain Bronec France Honda 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 151. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  3. ^ 1991 500cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  4. ^ 1991 500cc Entries List at www.f1network.net
  5. ^ 1991 250cc Final Standings at MotoGP.com
  6. ^ 1991 250cc Entries List at www.f1network.net