1994 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1994 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1994 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 46th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

1994 was the year in which Honda's Mick Doohan began to stamp his authority on the Grand Prix world.[1] Honda's Longtime sponsor Rothmans left Honda to join Williams Renault in Formula One.[1] Doohan won 9 races, the most since Giacomo Agostini won 11 in 1972.[1] Kevin Schwantz was injured in a pre-season bicycle crash and raced in 6 races with his arm in plaster.[1] Luca Cadalora took over from Wayne Rainey on the Yamaha and won two races. Aprilia began campaigning in the 500cc class with a 250 V twin motor enlarged to 380cc in hopes of using its lighter weight and nimble handling as an advantage.[1]

Max Biaggi would win his first world title for Aprilia in a tight 250 class battle against Loris Capirossi and Tadayuki Okada.[1] Kazuto Sakata won the 125 crown for Aprilia. He was the first Japanese rider to race for a European factory.[1]

1994 500 cc Season review[edit]

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Eastern Creek Japan Kazuto Sakata Italy Max Biaggi United States John Kocinski Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Shah Alam Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
3 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Japan Tadayuki Okada United States Kevin Schwantz Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Japan Kazuto Sakata France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Australia Mick Doohan Report
5 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Loris Capirossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheim Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Loris Capirossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
7 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
8 Italy Italian Grand Prix Mugello Japan Noboru Ueda Germany Ralf Waldmann Australia Mick Doohan Report
9 France French Grand Prix Le Mans Japan Noboru Ueda Italy Loris Capirossi Australia Mick Doohan Report
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Donington Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Italy Loris Capirossi United States Kevin Schwantz Report
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Japan Kazuto Sakata Italy Max Biaggi Australia Mick Doohan Report
12 United States United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Italy Doriano Romboni Italy Luca Cadalora Report
13 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Spain Jorge Martínez Japan Tadayuki Okada Australia Mick Doohan Report
14 Europe European Grand Prix Catalunya Germany Dirk Raudies Italy Max Biaggi Italy Luca Cadalora Report

Final standings[edit]

500cc standings[2][3][edit]

Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
1 Australia Mick Doohan Honda NSR500 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 317
2 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha YZR500 2 4 4 Ret 22 DNS 9 2 7 3 3 1 6 1 174
3 United States John Kocinski Cagiva GP500 1 2 9 3 5 Ret 8 Ret 2 4 Ret 2 3 3 172
4 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki RGV500 4 6 1 2 2 2 5 3 Ret 1 7 169
5 Spain Alberto Puig Honda NSR500 7 5 8 6 6 3 4 4 4 7 5 7 5 7 152
6 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda NSR500 6 8 7 5 3 4 3 Ret 3 6 4 DNS 7 4 144
7 Japan Shinichi Ito Honda NSR500 5 3 3 Ret 4 6 Ret 5 5 9 2 4 4 Ret 141
8 Brazil Alex Barros Suzuki RGV500 8 7 5 4 7 5 2 7 6 Ret 8 8 8 6 134
9 United States Doug Chandler Cagiva GP500 9 9 10 7 Ret 7 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 2 10 96
10 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha YZR500 Ret 11 19 8 9 8 Ret 9 Ret 8 9 10 11 8 69
11 France Bernard Garcia ROC-Yamaha 11 Ret 11 Ret 9 10 8 Ret 11 11 12 12 9 56
12 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Yamaha YZR500 17 14 13 11 16 Ret Ret 15 8 10 10 9 9 12 49
13 Australia Daryl Beattie Yamaha YZR500 Ret 10 28 Ret 8 Ret 7 6 DNS Ret Ret 5 44
14 United Kingdom John Reynolds Yamaha YZR500 10 12 12 10 10 10 Ret Ret Ret 14 12 Ret Ret 11 43
15 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Harris-Yamaha 14 13 17 Ret 12 11 Ret 14 Ret 12 13 11 10 Ret 34
16 Spain Juan Lopez Mella ROC-Yamaha 13 Ret 15 13 Ret 12 Ret 10 10 Ret DNS DNS 26
Suzuki RGV500 13
17 Japan Norick Abe Honda NSR500 Ret 20
Yamaha YZR500 DNS 6 6
18 Belgium Laurent Naveau ROC-Yamaha 16 Ret 14 Ret 15 14 12 16 Ret 13 Ret 13 14 14 19
19 France Jean Pierre Jeandat ROC-Yamaha 18 16 21 14 13 Ret 11 11 Ret DNS 16 14 Ret 17 17
20 Italy Cristiano Migliorati ROC-Yamaha 15 20 20 12 14 Ret Ret 12 15 Ret 18 17 16 18 12
21 France Marc Garcia ROC-Yamaha 20 18 22 16 17 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 15 16 13 Ret 11
22 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha YZR500 6 10
23 France Jean Foray ROC-Yamaha Ret Ret 23 17 20 Ret 15 19 11 19 14 21 Ret DNS 8
24 Italy Loris Reggiani Aprilia 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7
25 Switzerland Bernard Haenggeli ROC-Yamaha 19 Ret 25 20 Ret Ret 16 13 12 Ret 17 18 19 20 7
26 Spain Julian Miralles ROC-Yamaha 21 Ret 24 15 18 13 13 Ret 7
27 France Bruno Bonhuil ROC-Yamaha 22 17 16 Ret 19 15 14 17 13 15 Ret 19 Ret Ret 7
28 France Hervi Moineau ROC-Yamaha 11 5
29 Australia Scott Doohan Harris-Yamaha 12 4
30 Germany Udo Mark Harris-Yamaha Ret 2
ROC-Yamaha 14 17
31 Italy Lucio Pedercini ROC-Yamaha Ret 15 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret 18 Ret 15 17 Ret 2
32 United Kingdom Neil Hodgson Harris-Yamaha 15 16 1
33 New Zealand Andrew Stroud ROC-Yamaha 15 1
United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Harris-Yamaha Ret Ret Ret 21 16 17 Ret 16 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe ROC-Yamaha 23 21 26 18 Ret 17 Ret Ret 17 20 Ret Ret Ret 0
Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Harris-Yamaha 25 19 Ret 19 Ret 18 18 21 Ret 21 20 20 18 19 0
Italy Ermanno Bastianini ROC-Yamaha 18 Ret 0
France Philippe Monneret ROC-Yamaha 18 0
Germany Lothar Neukirchener Harris-Yamaha Ret 27 21 19 Ret 0
Italy Vittorio Scatola Paton 24 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 0
Italy Marco Papa ROC-Yamaha Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 0
Argentina Nestor Amoroso Harris-Yamaha 20 0
United Kingdom Neil Hopkins Harris-Yamaha Ret 0
United Kingdom James Haydon ROC-Yamaha Ret 0
Germany Michael Liedl Harris-Yamaha Ret 0
Chile Felipe Horta Harris-Yamaha Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc standings[4][edit]

Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
1 Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia 1 1 4 Ret 2 2 1 Ret 3 Ret 1 2 2 1 234
2 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda 5 2 1 3 4 5 2 7 9 2 5 4 1 4 214
3 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda 3 3 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 1 1 Ret Ret 5 2 199
4 Italy Doriano Romboni Honda 2 5 6 2 3 3 NC NC 2 3 NC 1 3 170
5 Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda 7 6 NC 4 5 6 4 1 4 7 2 10 8 7 156
6 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia 4 4 7 1 6 8 NC 4 7 6 3 NC 4 6 149
7 Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 9 7 NC 7 NC 2 8 4 NC 3 3 5 109
8 France Jean-Michel Bayle Aprilia 10 7 11 8 11 11 6 8 5 5 6 Ret 7 8 105
9 Spain Luis D'Antin Honda 8 8 10 6 7 9 7 6 Ret 9 7 6 9 NC 100
10 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 6 Ret 8 5 Ret 4 5 Inj 6 8 4 5 21 Ret 95
11 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda 9 9 NC 9 NC 10 3 9 10 11 9 9 11 12 84
12 Spain Carlos Checa Honda 14 11 Ret 11 Ret 14 11 10 13 12 Ret 7 10 0 54
13 Switzerland Eskil Suter Aprilia 15 Ret 15 10 10 Ret 8 Ret 14 10 8 12 19 Ret 42
14 Switzerland Adrian Bosshard Honda 13 12 Ret Ret NC Ret 11 12 14 13 13 12 10 34
15 Austria Andy Preining Aprilia 12 13 21 NC 12 13 NC 12 21 NC 10 11 NC 15 30
16 Netherlands Patrick van den Goorbergh Aprilia NC NC 13 20 8 12 10 14 16 17 12 16 NC 22 27
17 Netherlands Jurgen van den Goorbergh Aprilia 16 Ret 12 12 9 Ret 9 16 Ret 16 Ret 14 Ret 17 24
18 United States Kenny Roberts Jr. Yamaha Ret 8 6 11 23
19 Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda 3 16
20 Italy Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 5 11
20 Japan Takuma Aoki Honda 5 11
22 Japan Toshihiko Honma Yamaha NC 13 NC 11 13 11
23 Italy Alessandro Gramigni Aprilia 17 10 Ret 17 15 17 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10
24 Spain Luis Carlos Maurel Honda 21 16 16 19 16 16 19 15 15 11 17 16 13 10
25 Germany Bernd Kassner Aprilia NC 14 19 14 14 NC 14 15 20 9
26 Italy Giuseppe Fiorillo Honda 20 18 21 16 19 12 NC NC NC 14 NC 14 16 8
27 Germany Adi Stadler Honda NC 15 14 NC 13 15 15 18 17 18 NC NC 18 19 8
28 Australia Craig Connell Honda 11 5
29 Spain Miguel Castilla Yamaha 13 14 5
30 Spain Juan Borja Honda 22 NC Ret 18 Ret 15 15 13 18 5
31 Spain José Luis Cardoso Aprilia 19 NC NC 15 NC 21 NC NC NC 19 NC 20 15 Ret 2
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc standings[5][edit]

Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
1 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 1 2 2 1 5 2 4 2 3 4 1 Ret 9 7 224
2 Japan Noboru Ueda Honda 7 1 NC 4 2 6 NC 1 1 6 2 9 2 6 194
3 Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Honda Ret 5 1 6 NC Ret 1 3 2 1 5 1 7 4 190
4 Germany Dirk Raudies Honda 10 4 NC 5 1 1 NC 5 5 8 7 8 6 1 162
5 Germany Peter Öttl Aprilia 2 NC 4 2 4 4 NC 4 4 3 NC 3 13 2 160
6 Spain Jorge Martínez Yamaha NC 3 7 9 17 7 2 7 6 10 4 5 1 NC 135
7 Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia 12 6 5 7 2 3 2 3 106
8 Japan Masaki Tokudome Honda 9 14 6 10 9 5 6 9 12 6 14 8 13 87
9 Switzerland Olivier Petrucciani Aprilia 5 7 NC 13 15 10 7 11 18 7 9 13 16 5 74
10 Spain Herri Torrontegui Aprilia 8 9 8 3 14 NC 6 13 8 5 Ret NC 73
11 Japan Hideyuki Nakajoh Honda 15 11 3 11 9 11 11 8 6 8 70
12 Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda 17 10 17 14 25 12 9 12 13 19 4 12 3 59
13 Australia Garry McCoy Aprilia 3 12 9 11 3 DNS 8 Ret 17 Ret 16 56
14 Japan Akira Saito Honda 6 8 5 NC 7 8 Ret 14 14 15 NC 19 14 NC 53
15 Netherlands Loek Bodelier Honda 11 NC 11 8 18 15 3 12 NC NC 14 Ret NC 9 48
16 Italy Fausto Gresini Honda 4 6 18 DNF 8 13 16 17 10 20 DNS NC 10 46
17 Italy Gianluigi Scalvini Aprilia 12 13 NC NC NC 15 10 4 11 32
18 Germany Oliver Koch Honda 23 13 13 7 10 11 NC 12 NC Ret 30
19 Spain Carlos Giró Jr. Aprilia 26 NC 20 28 20 Ret 15 Ret 9 13 7 10 NC 26
20 Japan Tomomi Manako Honda 3 NC 8 24
21 Germany Stefan Prein Yamaha 19 NC 15 NC 16 21 NC 16 15 17 11 11 11 21 17
22 Spain Emilio Alzamora Honda NC 16 NC 22 22 11 18 NC 22 NC 21 5 NC 16
23 Italy Bruno Casanova Honda 16 15 10 15 13 12 15
24 Italy Gabriele Debbia Aprilia 13 NC 21 18 20 NC 10 19 19 14 20 NC NC 11
25 Germany Manfred Geissler Aprilia 20 16 14 NC 21 NC NC 20 16 16 10 15 Ret 20 9
26 Japan Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha NC NC NC 12 NC NC 12 8
27 Italy Emilio Cuppini Aprilia 9 NC 7
28 Japan Tomoko Igata Honda 14 NC NC NC NC NC 19 12 23 NC 15 7
29 Italy Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 10 6
30 Italy Lucio Cecchinello Honda 18 21 Ret Ret 19 14 15 NC NC 23 17 17 NC 14 5
31 Japan Kunihiro Amano Honda 12 4
32 Spain Juan Enrique Maturana Yamaha 20 13 18 22 16 15 4
33 France Frédéric Petit Yamaha 22 NC 23 16 24 17 14 NC NC 24 21 NC NC 22 2
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
JPN
Japan
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
USA
United States
ARG
Argentina
EUR
Europe
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Italics – Fastest Lap

Participants[edit]

500cc participants[edit]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR84) 1 United States Kevin Schwantz 1–12
6 Brazil Alex Barros All
12 Spain Juan López Mella 14
19 United Kingdom Sean Emmett 13–14
Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWF9) 3 Australia Daryl Beattie 1–9, 12–14
5 Italy Luca Cadalora All
56 Japan Norifumi Abe 10–11
56 Japan Norifumi Abe 12
Honda Team HRC Honda Honda NSR500 (NV0S) 4 Australia Mick Doohan All
7 Japan Shinichi Itoh All
8 Spain Àlex Crivillé All
Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Cagiva C594 10 United States Doug Chandler All
11 United States John Kocinski All
70 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty 10
Lopez Mella Racing Team (rd 1-3)
Team Repsol
ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 12 Spain Juan López Mella 1–9, 11–13
Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSW2-500 13 Italy Loris Reggiani 4–8, 14
Team Millar Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 14 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams All
Padgetts Motorcycles Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 15 United Kingdom John Reynolds All
Euroteam ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 16 Belgium Laurent Naveau All
Ducados Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 17 Spain Alberto Puig All
Yamaha Motor France ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 18 France Bernard Garcia 1–3
Team ROC ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 18 France Bernard Garcia 4, 6–14
28 Spain Julián Miralles 1–4
37 France Hervé Moineau 5
41 New Zealand Andrew Stroud 14
63 Germany Udo Mark 9–10
69 France Philippe Monneret 9
72 Germany Michael Liedl 11
79 United States Chuck Graves 12
Shell Harris Grand Prix Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 19 United Kingdom Sean Emmett 1–12
40 United Kingdom Neil Hodgson 13–14
52 Australia Scott Doohan 1
M.B.M. Racing Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 20 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell 1–2, 4–14
Team Doorakkers Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 21 Netherlands Cees Doorakkers All
Team Pedercini ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 23 Italy Lucio Pedercini All
24 Italy Cristiano Migliorati All
Team Elit ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 25 Italy Marco Papa 1–2, 4–6, 11–14
38 Italy Ermanno Bastianini 8–9
39 United Kingdom James Haydon 10
Haenggeli Racing ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 27 Switzerland Bernard Haenggeli All
ROC Coronas Repsol ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 28 Spain Julián Miralles 5–8
Team Doppler Austria ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 29 Germany Andreas Leuthe All
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C9/2 30 Italy Vittorio Scatola 1–2, 4–8, 13–14
42 Italy Paul Pellissier 9, 11
Sachsen Racing Team Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 31 Germany Lothar Neukirchner 1–7
32 Germany Evren Bischoff 9
63 Germany Udo Mark 6
MTD Objectif 500 ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 34 France Bruno Bonhuil All
Jean Foray Racing Team ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 36 France Jean Foray All
D.R. Team Shark ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 44 France Marc Garcia All
Slick 50 Team WCM ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 50 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie All
J.P.J. Racing ROC-Yamaha ROC-Yamaha GP1 51 France Jean-Pierre Jeandat All
Mister Yumcha Blue Fox Honda Honda NSR500 56 Japan Norick Abe 3
YRTR Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 57 Japan Toshihiko Honma 3
Manfred Erhardt Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 62 Germany Manfred Erhardt 6
Triton Team GB Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 73 United Kingdom Nick Hopkins 10
Felipe Horta Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 77 Chile Felipe Horta 13
Yamasur Harris-Yamaha Harris-Yamaha SLS500 79 Argentina Nestor Amoroso 13
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

References[edit]