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1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

The 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 42nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Contents

  • Season summary 1
  • Grands Prix 2
  • Final standings 3
    • Scoring system 3.1
    • 500cc standings 3.2
    • 250cc standings 3.3
    • 125cc standings 3.4
  • References 4

Season summary

1990 marked the beginning of the Rainey era with the Marlboro-Yamaha rider taking 7 wins and scoring points in every race but Hungary after he had already clinched the championship.[1] Rainey's teammate was 1989 champion Eddie Lawson, but he was unable to defend his championship after breaking his left ankle in the first round and then severely shattering his right ankle the following round at Laguna Seca. Rainey on having Lawson as a teammate: “I just wanted to devastate Eddie. I don’t think he was ready for a team-mate like me. Maybe he thought he could control me, but at that stage I was past being controlled.”[2] Rainey switched from Dunlop to Michelin tires this year.

Kevin Schwantz continued to win on his Suzuki but just as often he would crash.[1] Australian Mick Doohan would win his first Grand Prix for Honda at the Hungaroring.[1]

The 1990 season continued the trend of crashes as riders tried to cope with the harsh power output of the V4 two-strokes.[1] Honda put forth a proposition limiting the top class to 375cc and 3 cylinders, but that never caught on.[1] Still, with 500cc lap times becoming stagnant, it was clear that something needed to be done.[1]

Newcomer John Kocinski took the 250 title for Kenny Roberts' Marlboro-Yamaha squad after a tight points battle with Carlos Cardús that was not decided until the final race of the season.[1] Despite five Grand Prix victories for Hans Spaan, seventeen-year-old Loris Capirossi became the youngest-ever world champion when he claimed the 125 crown for Honda.[1]

Grands Prix

Round Race Location 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Hans Spaan Luca Cadalora Wayne Rainey Report
2 United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca No race John Kocinski Wayne Rainey Report
3 Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Jorge Martínez John Kocinski Wayne Gardner Report
4 Nations Grand Prix Misano Jorge Martínez John Kocinski Wayne Rainey Report
5 German Grand Prix Nürburgring Doriano Romboni Wilco Zeelenberg Kevin Schwantz Report
6 Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Jorge Martínez Luca Cadalora Kevin Schwantz Report
7 Yugoslavian Grand Prix Rijeka Stefan Prein Carlos Cardús Wayne Rainey Report
8 Dutch TT Assen Doriano Romboni John Kocinski Kevin Schwantz Report
9 Belgian Grand Prix Spa Hans Spaan John Kocinski Wayne Rainey Report
10 French Grand Prix Le Mans Hans Spaan Carlos Cardús Kevin Schwantz Report
11 British Grand Prix Donington Loris Capirossi Luca Cadalora Kevin Schwantz Report
12 Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Hans Spaan Carlos Cardús Wayne Rainey Report
13 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Hans Spaan Carlos Cardús Wayne Rainey Report
14 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Loris Capirossi John Kocinski Mick Doohan Report
15 Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Loris Capirossi John Kocinski Wayne Gardner Report

Final standings

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.[3]

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[4]

Pos Rider Bike JPN
USA
ESP
NAT
GER
AUT
YUG
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
SWE
CZE
HUN
AUS
Pts
1 Wayne Rainey Yamaha 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 3 255
2 Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 3 Ret 3 2 1 1 2 1 7 1 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 188
3 Mick Doohan Honda Ret 2 4 3 Ret 3 4 4 6 4 4 4 9 1 2 179
4 Niall Mackenzie Suzuki 8 5 3 5 3 5 12 6 5 5 4 7 5 140
5 Wayne Gardner Honda 2 Ret 1 4 Ret 10 2 Ret 3 2 4 1 138
6 Juan Garriga Yamaha 10 6 9 8 7 9 Ret 6 9 8 7 8 5 5 6 121
7 Eddie Lawson Yamaha Ret 3 3 5 3 2 3 2 4 118
8 Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha 8 5 10 Ret 6 8 5 11 2 Ret 9 7 8 6 Ret 110
9 Christian Sarron Yamaha Ret 4 7 4 7 7 4 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret 84
10 Sito Pons Honda 5 Ret 6 6 5 6 Ret 7 10 7 76
11 Pierfrancesco Chili Honda 7 3 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret 8 9 63
12 Alex Barros Cagiva Ret 8 Ret Ret 8 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 11 9 Ret 9 57
13 Marco Papa Cagiva 9 11 13 6 14 Ret 9 13 11 13 12 10 55
14 Randy Mamola Honda Ret 7 7 9 10 Ret 18 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 Ret 55
15 Ron Haslam Cagiva Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 DNS 9 8 10 10 10 12 11 46
16 Cees Doorakkers Honda 13 14 10 14 7 13 15 12 Ret 12 16 16 12 39
17 Eddie Laycock Honda 11 12 13 11 12 14 14 11 30
18 Carl Fogarty Honda Ret 6 10 8 24
19 Niggi Schmassman Honda 10 12 13 13 9 16 23
20 Peter Linden Honda 9 12 15 13 15
21 Kevin Magee Suzuki 4 Ret 13
22 Karl Truchsess Honda 15 8 15 14 Ret Ret 12
23 Tadahiko Taira Yamaha 6 Ret 10
24 Peter Goddard Yamaha 8 8
25 Andy Leuthe Honda 14 Ret 12 14 Ret Ret Ret 8
26 Shinichi Ito Honda 9 7
27 Romolo Balbi Honda 10 6
28 Michele Valdo Honda 11 5
29 Hikaru Miyagi Honda 11 5
30 Norihiko Fujiwara Honda Ret Ret 11 5
31 Shinji Katayama Yamaha 12 4
32 Rachel Nicotte Honda Ret 15 13 4
33 Osamu Hiwatashi Suzuki 13 3
34 Hansjörg Butz Honda 15 14 3
35 Martin Trösch Honda Ret 17 15 1
36 Vittorio Scatola Paton Ret 15 16 Ret Ret DNS Ret 1
Pos Rider Bike JPN
USA
ESP
NAT
GER
AUT
YUG
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
SWE
CZE
HUN
AUS
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 Position

250cc standings[5]

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1 John Kocinski 19 United States Marlboro-Yamaha Roberts YZR250 223 7
2 Carlos Cardús 4 Spain Repsol-Honda NSR250 208 4
3 Luca Cadalora 5 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha Agostini YZR250 184 3
4 Helmut Bradl 9 Germany HB-Honda NSR250 150 0
5 Wilco Zeelenberg 14 Netherlands Sharp-Samson Honda NSR250 127 1
6 Martin Wimmer 10 Germany Hein Gericke Aprilia RS250 118 0
7 Masahiro Shimizu 6 Japan Ajinomoto-Honda NSR250 100 0
8 Jochen Schmid 16 Germany HB-Honda NSR250 92 0
9 Jacques Cornu 3 Switzerland Lucky Strike-Elf Honda NSR250 86 0
10 Dominique Sarron 8 France Rothmans-Honda NSR250 78 0
11 Àlex Crivillé Spain 76
12 Didier de Radiguès Belgium 66
13 Loris Reggiani Italy 63
14 Reinhold Roth Germany 52
15 Carlos Lavado Venezuela 37
16 Alberto Puig 32
17 Paolo Casoli Italy 32
18 Andy Preining 30
19 Marcellino Lucchi 23
20 Adrien Morillas 22
21 Renzo Colleoni 17
22 Daryl Beattie 13
23 Harald Eckl 13
24 Jorge Martinez 13
25 Toshihiko Honma 10
26 Corrado Catalano 10
27 Tetsuya Harada 9
28 Andrea Borgonovo 9
29 Nobuatsu Aoki 8
30 Alberto Rota 8
31 Masumitsu Taguchi 7
32 Tsumoto Udagawa 6
33 Niall Mackenzie 5
34 Jean Pierre Jeandat 4
35 Junzo Suzuki 4
36 Bernd Kassner 4
37 Josè Barresi 4
38 Bernard Haenggeli 4
39 Rich Oliver 3
40 Alan Carter 3
41 Trevor Manley 2
42 Kevin Mitchell 2
43 Urs Jücker 2
44 Yukio Nukumi 1
45 Ricky Rice 1
46 Jean Foray 1

125cc standings[6]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Loris Capirossi 65 Italy Honda 182 3
2 Hans Spaan 2 Netherlands Honda 173 5
3 Stefan Prein 7 Germany Honda 169 1
4 Doriano Romboni Italy Honda 130 2
5 Dirk Raudies Germany Honda 113 0
6 Jorge Martínez Spain Derbi 105 3
7 Fausto Gresini 8 Italy Honda 102 0
8 Bruno Casanova 4 Italy Honda 97 0
9 Alessandro Gramigni Italy Aprilia 84 0
10 Heinz Lüthi Switzerland Honda 78 0
11 Adi Stadler 77
12 Gabriele Debbia 55
13 Julian Miralles 46
14 Maurizio Vitali 44
15 Manuel Hernandez 40
16 Koji Takada 39
17 Steve Patrickson 32
18 Robin Appleyard 32
19 Alfred Waibel 31
20 Hisashi Unemoto 30
21 Robin Milton 28
22 Kinya Wada 26
23 Ralf Waldmann 19
24 Emilio Cuppini 15
25 Herri Torrontegui 14
26 Johnny Wickstroem 13
27 Stefan Kurfiss 11
28 Yoshifumi Ichimiya 8
29 Hans Koopman 7
30 Yukiho Hinokio 6
31 Domenico Brigaglia 6
32 Fuyuki Yamazaki 5
33 Thierry Feuz 5
34 Noboiuki Wakai 3
35 Flemming Kistrup 3
36 Sinya Sato 2
37 Alan Scott 1
38 Jaime Mariano 1
39 Antonio Sanchez 1
40 Stuart Edwards 1

References

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949-2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5
  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd,  
  2. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 142. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  3. ^ Guinness Motorcycle Sport Fact Book by Ian Morrison page 14 (1991)(1st Edition) Guinness Publishing The Bath Press ISBN 0-85112-953-6
  4. ^ "500cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "250cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "125cc Final Standings". motogp.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
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