1992 British motorcycle Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1992 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 13 races in the
1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Donington as of 2006.svg
Date2 August 1992
Official nameRothmans British Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationDonington Park
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.023 km (2.500 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Time 1:33.814
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:34.194
Podium
First Australia Wayne Gardner
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third Spain Juan Garriga
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Time 1:36.259
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Time 1:35.857
Podium
First Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Second Italy Loris Reggiani
Third Italy Doriano Romboni
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Bruno Casanova
Time 1:42.344
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Podium
First Italy Fausto Gresini
Second Italy Alessandro Gramigni
Third Japan Noboru Ueda

The 1992 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 31 July-2 August 1992 at Donington Park.

500 cc race report[edit]

Mick Doohan’s leg injury became life-threatening and the right leg had to be fused to his left in order for the right to heal. Wayne Rainey commented: “When Mick didn’t show up people started to realize how bad his leg was. I was racing against a ghost.”[4]

Wayne Gardner announces his retirement, effective at the end of the season. He won the World Championship in 1987, but injuries, American riders and Doohan had stalled his career.

Eddie Lawson on pole, then John Kocinski, Rainey and Gardner. Kocinski gets the start, but Rainey and Lawson are soon through and Schwantz is in 4th.

After the first lap it’s Rainey, Lawson, and Schwantz (lap record holder), but Gardner is moving up.

Gardner passes Schwantz, who passes Lawson. Rainey still up front with a small gap.

Rainey’s front-end is bobbling through Craner Curves with Gardner on his wheel; Gardner passes Rainey at the chicane. The group behind is closing.

Schwantz into second, and it becomes a tight 5-man group: Gardner, Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson and Juan Garriga.

Schwantz through to 1st at the Old Hairpin, and holds Gardner off for a few laps, but Gardner gets him back at the chicane. Rainey through to 2nd at Redgate.

Schwantz through to 2nd at the Old Hairpin. Niall Mackenzie, who had been giving Kocinski a run, leaves with a mechanical. Kocinski also out with a mechanical.

5 laps to go, Schwantz crashes out at Redgate and throws his hands up, looking angrily at the track. As he walks behind the tire barrier he meets Doug Chandler, who crashed in the same place. They’re both now yelling and Schwantz jumps over the barrier as Carl Fogarty goes down, grabs an oil flag and instructs a marshal on its use.

Schwantz:

"I checked nobody was coming and ran across to the flag marshall and grabbed the oil flag because he was just standing there with it not doing anything much and was half way round the corner — I got back up the straight twenty or twenty five yards so that I could flag and signal to everybody to get on the outside line. Kocinski's bike had broken a primary gear and that had come out the side of the cases, gas, oil and everything went everywhere. ... A lot of guys out there thanked me for getting on the flags. Gardner and Rymer said that had I not got the flag out other people would have fallen because the marshals weren't doing what they were supposed to."[5]

Last lap and Rainey isn’t close enough to pass Gardner. As they cross the line, it looks like Schwantz cheering Rainey on from the side of the track, and Rainey throws a questioning hand up to him.

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 Australia Wayne Gardner Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda 47:38.373 20
2 United States Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +0.855 15
3 Spain Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +5.915 12
4 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva +26.079 10
5 Australia Peter Goddard Valvoline Team WCM ROC Yamaha +1:04.091 8
6 United Kingdom Terry Rymer Padgett's Motorcycles Harris-Yamaha +1:22.330 6
7 Canada Miguel Duhamel Yamaha Motor Banco Yamaha +1 Lap 4
8 Germany Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap 3
9 France Dominique Sarron Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 2
10 Japan Toshiyuki Arakaki Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 1
11 Switzerland Serge David Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
12 France Bruno Bonhuil Ville de Paris ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
13 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman Uvex Racing Team ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
14 United Kingdom Peter Graves Peter Graves Racing Team Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers HEK Racing Team Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Italy Marco Papa Librenti Corse Librenti +1 Lap
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Ret Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Milla Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe VRP Racing Team VRP Retirement
Ret Austria Josef Doppler Uvex Racing Team ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret Spain Àlex Crivillé Campsa Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell MBM Racing Harris-Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Budweiser Team/Global Motorsports Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Carl Fogarty MBM Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom James Whitham Padgett's Motorcycles Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Lucio Pedercini Paton Grand Prix Paton Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha Motor Banco Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States John Kocinski Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Doug Chandler Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Corrado Catalano KCS International ROC Yamaha Retirement
Sources:[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1992". 15 March 2014. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1992 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Donington Park - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 171. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  5. ^ Schwantz, Kevin: Blurred Past Archived 2006-05-19 at the Wayback Machine kevinschwantz.com 1994.
  6. ^ "1992 British MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ "motogp.com · BRITISH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1992". www.motogp.com.


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