1979 French motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1979 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 1979 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 31–2 September 1979 at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans.

France  1979 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 13 races in the
1979 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Le Mans Bugatti.png
Date2 September 1979
Official nameGrand Prix de France[citation needed]
LocationBugatti Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.240 km (2.635 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kenny Roberts
Time 1:38.130
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Virginio Ferrari
Time 1:37.900
Podium
First United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Second United States Randy Mamola
Third United States Kenny Roberts
350 cc
Pole position
Rider Unknown
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Podium
First France Patrick Fernandez
Second Switzerland Roland Freymond
Third Italy Walter Villa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Unknown
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Podium
First South Africa Kork Ballington
Second Australia Gregg Hansford
Third France Patrick Fernandez
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Unknown
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Time Unknown
Podium
First France Guy Bertin
Second Spain Ricardo Tormo
Third Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi
50 cc
Pole position
Rider Unknown
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
Podium
First Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
Second Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Third Switzerland Rolf Blatter

ClassificationEdit

500 ccEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Barry Sheene Texaco Heron Team Suzuki Suzuki 48'06.800 15
2   Randy Mamola Serge Zago Suzuki +2.400 12
3   Kenny Roberts Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha +13.890 10
4   Franco Uncini Team Zago International Suzuki +19.710 8
5   Johnny Cecotto Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha +20.020 6
6   Philippe Coulon Suzuki +20.660 5
7   Steve Parrish Texaco Heron Team Suzuki Suzuki +56.320 4
8   Michel Rougerie Suzuki +45.200 3
9   John Woodley Suzuki +1 lap 2
10   Peter Sjöström Ava MC Stockholm Suzuki +1 lap 1
11   Seppo Rossi Kouv MK Suzuki +1 lap
12   Henk de Vries Team 77 Suzuki +1 lap
13   Hervé Guilleux Buton +1 lap
14   Gianni Rolando Scuderia Naldoni Suzuki +2 laps
15   Roberto Pietri Suzuki +2 laps
16   Gerhard Vogt Bill Smith Racing Suzuki +2 laps
17   Alain Rothlisberger Suzuki +3 laps
18   Wil Hartog Riemersma Racing Suzuki +7 laps
19   Willem Zoet Stimorol Racing Suzuki +7 laps
20   Michel Rastel Dieter Braun Team Suzuki +8 laps
Ret   Virginio Ferrari Team Gallina Nava Olio Fiat Suzuki Accident
Ret   Boet van Dulmen Suzuki Accident
Ret   Graziano Rossi Morbidelli Morbidelli Retired
Ret   Leandro Becheroni Suzuki Retired
Ret   Carlo Perugini Suzuki Retired
Ret   Dennis Ireland Derry's Racing Suzuki Retired
Ret   Lennart Backström Suzuki Retired
Ret   Franck Gross Suzuki Retired
Ret   Josef Hage Dieter Braun Team Suzuki Retired
Ret   Børge Nielsen Suzuki Retired
Ret   Sergio Pellandini Suzuki Retired
Ret   Gianni Pelletier Suzuki Retired
Ret   Gustav Reiner Dieter Braun Team Suzuki Retired
Ret   Christian Sarron Team Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha Retired
Ret   Max Wiener Suzuki Retired
Ret   Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki Retired
DNQ   Mick Grant Honda International Racing Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Takazumi Katayama Honda International Racing Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Carlos Delgado de San Antonio Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Kenny Blake Yamaha Did not qualify
DNQ   Bo Granath Yamaha Did not qualify
DNQ   King Wong Kwong Honda International Racing Honda Did not qualify
Sources: [1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979 Finnish MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "FINLAND GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1979". Motogp.com. Retrieved 4 November 2018.


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