1978 Venezuelan motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1978 Venezuelan motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 19 March 1978 at the San Carlos Circuit.

Venezuela  1978 Venezuelan Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 13 races in the
1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Date19 March 1978
Official nameIl Grand Prix de Venezuela[1]
LocationAutodromo Internacional de San Carlos
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.135 km (2.569 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
Time 1:35.300
Fastest lap
Rider United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Time 1:35.400
Podium
First United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Second United States Pat Hennen
Third United States Steve Baker
350 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Franco Uncini
Time 1:38.200
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Franco Uncini
Time 1:36.600
Podium
First Japan Takazumi Katayama
Second France Patrick Fernandez
Third Italy Paolo Pileri
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Franco Uncini
Time 1:39.400
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kenny Roberts
Time 1:38.500
Podium
First United States Kenny Roberts
Second Venezuela Carlos Lavado
Third France Patrick Fernandez
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi
Time 1:44.900
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi
Time 1:44.800
Podium
First Italy Pierpaolo Bianchi
Second Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
Third Venezuela Víctor León-Pacheco

500cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Barry Sheene Texaco Heron Team Suzuki Suzuki 48'21.300 15
2   Pat Hennen Suzuki +21.700 12
3   Steve Baker Team Gallina Nava Olio Fiat Suzuki +57.300 10
4   Steve Parrish Suzuki +1 lap 8
5   Roberto Pietri Yamaha +2 laps 6
6   Gerhard Vogt Bill Smith Racing Yamaha +3 laps 5
7   Leandro Becheroni Suzuki +6 laps 4
  Johnny Cecotto Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha Tyre problems
  Kenny Roberts Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha Retired
  Takazumi Katayama Sarome & Motul Team Yamaha Accident
  Virginio Ferrari Team Gallina Nava Olio Fiat Suzuki Retired
Sources: [2][3][4]

350 cc classificationEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Takazumi Katayama Yamaha 29 48:05.5 5 15
2   Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 29 +29.7 3 12
3   Paolo Pileri Morbidelli 29 +41.9 17 10
4   Kork Ballington Kawasaki 29 +43.4 7 8
5   Patrick Pons Yamaha 29 +50.2 4 6
6   Christian Sarron Yamaha 29 +58.4 11 5
7   Eric Saul Yamaha 29 +1:06.4 15 4
8   Franco Bonera Yamaha 29 +1:14.7 9 3
9   Eduardo Alemán Yamaha 29 +1:28.0 20 2
10   Antonio Piccioni Yamaha 29 +1:33.1 10 1
11   Franco Solaroli Yamaha 28 +1 lap 16
12   Barry Woodland Yamaha 28 +1 lap
13   C. Cortes Harley-Davidson 28 +1 lap
14   Kent Rockwell Yamaha 27 +2 laps
  Franco Uncini Yamaha 1
  Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 2
  Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 6
  Vinicio Salmi Yamaha 8
  Jose Cecotto Yamaha 12
  Tom Herron Yamaha 13
  Mick Grant Kawasaki 14
  Felice Agostini Yamaha 18
  "Dallefusine" Yamaha 19
30 starters in total
[4]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Kenny Roberts Yamaha 28 47:15.6 2 15
2   Carlos Lavado Yamaha 28 +14.8 3 12
3   Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 28 +37.3 5 10
4   Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 28 +43.1 8 8
5   Kork Ballington Kawasaki 28 +43.1 6 6
6   Mario Lega Morbidelli 28 +54.9 9 5
7   Anton Mang Kawasaki 28 +1:04.2 11 4
8   Ted Henter Yamaha 28 +1:35.5 12 3
9   Eduardo Alemán Yamaha 27 +1 lap 15 2
10   Vic Soussan Yamaha 27 +1 lap 17 1
11   Tom Herron Yamaha 27 +1 lap 19
12   Edoardo Elias Yamaha 27 +1 lap 20
13   Ángel Nieto Yamaha 27 +1 lap
14   Fernando González Yamaha 27 +1 lap 18
15   Vinicio Salmi Yamaha 27 +1 lap
16   Kent Rockwell Yamaha 26 +2 laps 13
17   Carlos Morante Yamaha 26 +2 laps
18   P. Betancourt Yamaha 26 +2 laps
19   F. Perez Yamaha 26 +2 laps
20   "Prusso" Yamaha 26 +2 laps
21   G. Martinez Yamaha 26 +2 laps
  Franco Uncini Yamaha 1
  Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 4
  Paolo Pileri Morbidelli 7
  Mick Grant Kawasaki 10
  Eric Saul Yamaha 14
  Barry Woodland Yamaha 16
26 starters in total
[4]

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Pierpaolo Bianchi Minarelli 26 46:05.5 1 15
2   Eugenio Lazzarini MBA 26 +54.0 3 12
3   V. T. Leon Morbidelli 26 +1:20.6 7 10
4   Alejandro Alemán Yamaha 26 +1:21.8 11 8
5   Riccardo Russo Morbidelli 24 +2 laps 14 6
6   Claudio Granata Morbidelli 24 +2 laps 15 5
7   Luigi Schiavione Morbidelli 21 +5 laps 16 4
  Ángel Nieto Bultaco 2
  Ivan Palazzese Morbidelli 4
  Maurizio Massimiani Morbidelli 5
  Claudio Lusuardi Morbidelli 6
  "Troisi" Morbidelli 8
  Thierry Espié Motobécane 9
  Guido Mancini Morbidelli 10
  Germano Zanetti Morbidelli 12
  R. Olavarria Morbidelli 13
  Felice Agostini Morbidelli 17
  "Moreira" Yamaha 18
  Keith Gonyou Yamaha 19
  "Bernard" Yamaha 20
23 starters in total
[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alle Grand-Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden, van 1973 (het jaar dat Jack begon met racen) tot heden". Archive.li. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ "1978 Venezuelan MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ "VENEZUELA GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1978". Motogp.com. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Coleman, Barry (ed.). Motocourse 1978-1979. Hazleton Securities Ltd. p. 61. ISBN 0-905138-06-6.


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