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
Date 2 August 1992
Location Donington
  • 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
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
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
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.”[1]

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.


"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."[2]

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 Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 47:38.373 20
2 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha +0.855 15
3 Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha +5.915 12
4 United States Eddie Lawson Cagiva +26.079 10
5 Australia Peter Goddard ROC Yamaha +1:04.091 8
6 United Kingdom Terry Rymer Harris-Yamaha +1:22.330 6
7 Canada Miguel Duhamel Yamaha +1 Lap 4
8 Germany Michael Rudroff Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap 3
9 France Dominique Sarron ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 2
10 Japan Toshiyuki Arakaki ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 1
11 Switzerland Serge David ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
12 France Bruno Bonhuil ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
13 Switzerland Nicholas Schmassman ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
14 United Kingdom Peter Graves Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
15 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Italy Marco Papa Librenti +1 Lap
Ret United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Retirement
Ret Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock Yamaha Retirement
Ret Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe VRP Retirement
Ret Austria Josef Doppler ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Harris-Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Randy Mamola Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom James Whitham Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Lucio Pedercini Paton Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States John Kocinski Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Doug Chandler Suzuki Retirement
Ret Italy Corrado Catalano ROC Yamaha Retirement


  1. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 171. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  2. ^ Schwantz, Kevin: Blurred Past kevinschwantz.com 1994.

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