1993 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

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Japan  1993 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 14 races in the
1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Suzuka.png
Date 18 April 1993
Location Suzuka
Course Permanent racing facility
5.821 km (3.618 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:09.239
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:09.891
Podium
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second United States Kevin Schwantz
Third Australia Daryl Beattie
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Tetsuya Harada
Time 2:11.089
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi
Time 2:12.281
Podium
First Japan Tetsuya Harada
Second Japan Tadayuki Okada
Third Italy Doriano Romboni
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Dirk Raudies
Time 2:20.046
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Kazuto Sakata
Time 2:20.231
Podium
First Germany Dirk Raudies
Second Japan Kazuto Sakata
Third Japan Takeshi Tsujimura

The 1993 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix was the third round of the 1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 18 April 1993, at the Suzuka Circuit.

500 cc race report[edit]

Freddie Spencer out with an injury during qualifying. Mick Doohan’s bike has an extra lever on the left side for the rear brake, but it’s not the thumb lever that will appear later; he qualifies in 5th.

Kevin Schwantz gets a 3rd pole and the start from Alex Barros, Wayne Rainey in 5th.

Shinichi Itoh into 1st from Schwantz, Barros, Àlex Crivillé and Rainey.

Rainey moves into 3rd after a little difficulty getting past Barros.

Itoh with a small gap, then Rainey passes Schwantz on the esses to take 2nd. Rainey takes the lead on Spoon, Itoh retakes it on 130R, and Rainey tries to get him back at the chicane but can’t do it from the outside. While Itoh and Rainey are trading the lead, Schwantz catches up.

Rainey tries the hairpin pass again, but runs wide and Itoh goes through, with Schwantz right on Rainey’s wheel. Schwantz moves into 2nd on 130R and carries the momentum into the chicane and passes Itoh on the inside. Daryl Beattie has now made this a 4-man leading group.

Itoh retakes the lead on the straight, and Schwantz gets him back at the hairpin; Itoh looking very aggressive and not giving it to Schwantz. Itoh takes the lead again on the back straight, and Beattie moves into 3rd on 130R. Schwantz takes the lead on the chicane.

Replay of last lap, but at Spoon, Beattie takes second from Itoh, Rainey in 4th.

Luca Cadalora out with a problem.

Schwantz still in the lead, and Rainey takes second place from Beattie. Rainey passes Schwantz on Spoon and makes it stick, Schwantz through again on 130R.

Later at 130R, Schwantz goes from 1st to 3rd as Beattie takes 1st and Rainey 2nd, but Rainey has a better line and gets to the chicane in 1st place, and into the last lap.

Itoh passes Schwantz for 3rd on the straight. Rainey is dramatically sliding the rear on the exit of the aptly named Dunlop Corner, eking out a crucial half a second to Beattie behind him. Itoh almost blocks Schwantz at the hairpin, but can’t keep him behind when he exit a little wide; Schwantz closing to Beattie at Spoon.

Though he’s closed the gap, Beattie isn’t close enough to draft-pass Rainey on 130R; his relative inexperience shows up at the chicane when he takes a wide line in anticipation of a good exit, but lets Schwantz through into 2nd as a result. Schwantz can’t manage to close Rainey down before the line. Rainey considered it his best win ever, being on a slower bike and winning by tactics and aggression.[1]

500 cc classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 46:12.307 3 25
2 34 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +0.086 1 20
3 4 Australia Daryl Beattie Honda +0.287 6 16
4 6 Japan Shinichi Itoh Honda +1.782 2 13
5 8 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda +22.532 14 11
6 9 Brazil Alex Barros Suzuki +22.819 5 10
7 2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +23.004 4 9
8 39 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha +25.559 10 8
9 88 Australia Kevin Magee Yamaha +25.711 7 7
10 50 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha +34.865 9 6
11 5 United States Doug Chandler Cagiva +1:04.726 8 5
12 13 Japan Toshiyuki Arakaki ROC Yamaha +1:17.730 13 4
13 11 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie ROC Yamaha +1:18.044 17 3
14 15 Japan Tsutomu Udagawa ROC Yamaha +1:41.399 11 2
15 29 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Harris Yamaha +1:46.827 22 1
16 21 Belgium Laurent Naveau ROC Yamaha +1:47.383 19
17 25 France Thierry Crine ROC Yamaha +2:01.808 23
18 22 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Harris Yamaha +2:09.359 25
19 32 France José Kuhn ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 30
20 31 France Bruno Bonhuil ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 32
21 44 United States Alan Scott Harris Yamaha +1 Lap 31
22 27 Italy Renato Colleoni ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 28
23 24 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Harris Yamaha +1 Lap 33
24 33 Austria Andreas Meklau ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 35
Ret 23 Switzerland Serge David ROC Yamaha Retirement 29
Ret 7 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha Retirement 12
Ret 28 United Kingdom John Reynolds Harris Yamaha Retirement 18
Ret 12 Australia Matthew Mladin Cagiva Retirement 16
Ret 14 Italy Marco Papa Librenti Retirement 36
Ret 36 Italy Lucio Pedercini ROC Yamaha Retirement 27
Ret 30 Spain Juan Lopez Mella ROC Yamaha Retirement 21
Ret 18 France Bernard Garcia Yamaha Retirement 24
Ret 35 Switzerland Jean Luc Romanens ROC Yamaha Retirement 34
Ret 20 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Yamaha Retirement 20
Ret 16 Germany Michael Rudroff Harris Yamaha Retirement 26

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 31 Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 19 42:24.209 1 25
2 18 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda 19 + 0.655 2 20
3 10 Italy Doriano Romboni Honda 19 + 20.524 3 16
4 14 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 19 + 20.571 9 13
5 17 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia 19 + 20.622 5 11
6 4 Germany Helmut Bradl Honda 19 + 24.510 7 10
7 3 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Yamaha 19 + 33.836 11 9
8 50 Japan Takuma Aoki Honda 19 + 37.391 13 8
9 19 United States John Kocinski Suzuki 19 + 43 s 017 6 7
10 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda 19 + 56.169 4 6
11 16 Austria Andreas Preining Aprilia 19 + 59.467 12 5
12 24 Netherlands Patrick van den Goorbergh Aprilia 19 + 59.566 16 4
13 34 Spain Luis d'Antin Honda 19 + 59.749 22 3
14 7 Germany Jochen Schmid Yamaha 19 +1:00.102 17 2
15 6 Spain Alberto Puig Honda 19 +1:00.533 14 1
16 11 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Aprilia 19 +1:09.590 25
17 20 Switzerland Eskil Suter Aprilia 19 +1:10.019 23
18 39 Italy Alessandro Gramigni Gilera 19 +1:16.252 15
19 25 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh Aprilia 19 +1:30.209 26
20 27 France Frédéric Protat Aprilia 19 +1:33.313 30
21 44 France Jean-Michel Bayle Aprilia 19 +1:37.638 29
22 26 Germany Bernd Kassner Aprilia 19 +1:53.458 32
23 30 Spain Juan Borja Honda 19 +1:53:758 27
24 23 Switzerland Bernard Haenggeli Aprilia 19 +1:53.934 28
25 12 Italy Gabriele Debbia Honda 19 +2:08.931 31
26 32 Germany Volker Bähr Honda 18 +1 Lap 36
27 43 Italy Massimo Pennacchioli Honda 18 +1 Lap 35
28 15 Japan Nobuyuki Wakai Suzuki 15 +4 Laps 18
Ret 21 Italy Paolo Casoli Gilera 14 Retirement 20
Ret 22 Spain Luis Maurel Aprilia 14 Retirement 33
Ret 28 Switzerland Adrian Bosshard Honda 12 Retirement 21
Ret 13 Italy Loris Reggiani Aprilia 12 Retirement 8
Ret 52 Japan Osamu Miyazaki Aprilia 10 Retirement 24
Ret 5 Italy Max Biaggi Honda 4 Retirement 10
DNS 8 Spain Carlos Cardús Honda Did not start 19
DNS 51 France Jean-Pierre Jeandat Aprilia Did not Start 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Michael (1997). Wayne Rainey: his own story. Somerset: Haynes. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-85960-401-4. OCLC 39868024. 


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