1979 Venezuelan motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1979 Venezuelan motorcycle Grand Prix, the first of 13 rounds of the F.I.M. 1979 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, was held on 18 March at the San Carlos Circuit. British rider Barry Sheene, world champion in 1976 and 1977, won the 500cc GP by 18 seconds[1] from Italian Virginio Ferrari to make it three successive Venezuelan GPs. Venezuelan racer Carlos Lavado won the 350cc class from Italian Walter Villa and Frenchman Patrick Fernandez.[2]

Venezuela  1979 Venezuelan Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 13 races in the
1979 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Date18 March 1979
Official nameGran Premio de Venezuela[citation needed]
LocationSan Carlos Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.135 km (2.569 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Time 1:34.140
Fastest lap
Rider United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Time 1:34.080
Podium
First United Kingdom Barry Sheene
Second Italy Virginio Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Tom Herron
350 cc
Pole position
Rider Venezuela Carlos Lavado
Time 1:35.400
Fastest lap
Rider Venezuela Carlos Lavado
Time 1:34.490
Podium
First Venezuela Carlos Lavado
Second Italy Walter Villa
Third France Patrick Fernandez
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Venezuela Carlos Lavado
Time 1:38.190
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Walter Villa
Time 1:37.550
Podium
First Italy Walter Villa
Second South Africa Kork Ballington
Third Australia Victor Soussan
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Venezuela Iván Palazzese
Time 1:44.550
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Ángel Nieto
Time 1:43.480
Podium
First Spain Ángel Nieto
Second France Thierry Espié
Third Italy Maurizio Massimiani
50 cc
Pole position
Rider No 50cc race was held
Fastest lap
Rider No 50cc race was held
Podium
First No 50cc race was held
Second No 50cc race was held
Third No 50cc race was held

Villa won the 250cc event, ahead of South African rider Kork Ballington by 20 seconds.[3] Spanish rider Ángel Nieto won the 125cc class from Frenchman Thierry Espié and Italian Maurizio Massimiani.[4] Nieto would later win the 125cc season championship.[5] Yamaha won two races, and Suzuki and Minarelli one each.

ClassificationsEdit

 
Barry Sheene, won the 500cc GP from Virginio Ferrari.
 
Spanish racer Ángel Nieto, 125cc winner.

500 ccEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Barry Sheene Texaco Heron Team Suzuki Suzuki 30 47'52.900 1 15
2   Virginio Ferrari Team Gallina Nava Olio Fiat Suzuki 30 +18.600 4 12
3   Tom Herron Texaco Heron Team Suzuki Suzuki 30 +30.900 2 10
4   Franco Uncini Team Zago International Suzuki 30 +1'34.800 6 8
5   Michel Rougerie Suzuki 29 +1 lap 10 6
6   Roberto Pietri Suzuki 29 +1 lap 11 5
7   Christian Sarron Team Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha 29 +1 lap 12 4
8   Gerhard Vogt Bill Smith Racing Suzuki 28 +2 laps 13 3
9   Stefan Pellandini Suzuki 27 +3 laps 15 2
10   Dennis Ireland Derry's Racing Suzuki 27 +3 laps 16 1
  Johnny Cecotto Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha 3
  Wil Hartog Riemersma Racing Suzuki 5
  Steve Parrish Suzuki 7
  Mick Grant Suzuki 8
  Gianni Pelletier Suzuki 9
  Carlos Delgado de San Antonio Suzuki 14
Sources: [6][7][8]

350 ccEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Carlos Lavado Yamaha 29 46:48.4 1 15
2   Walter Villa Yamaha 29 +15.3 2 12
3   Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 29 +23.5 4 10
4   Kork Ballington Kawasaki 29 +28.1 6 8
5   Jon Ekerold Yamaha 29 +33.8 3 6
6   Christian Estrosi Kawasaki 29 +40.0 9 5
7   Eric Saul Yamaha 29 +1:11.9 11 4
8   Victor Soussan Yamaha 29 +1:22.4 8 3
9   Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 29 +1:25.6 12 2
10   Patrick Pons Yamaha 29 +1:35.7 7 1
11   Eduardo Alemán Yamaha 28 +1 lap 14
12   Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 28 +1 lap 10
13   Randy Mamola Yamaha 28 +1 lap
14   Barry Woodland Yamaha 28 +1 lap
15   J. Gonzalez Yamaha 27 +2 laps
  Iván Palazzese Yamaha 5
  C. Giroto Yamaha 13
  Franco Uncini Yamaha 15
30 starters in total, 18 finishers
[6]

250 ccEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Walter Villa Yamaha 28 46:13.5 2 15
2   Kork Ballington Kawasaki 28 +20.6 3 12
3   Victor Soussan Yamaha 28 +1:14.2 9 10
4   Olivier Chevallier Yamaha 28 +1:17.6 7 8
5   Randy Mamola Bimota 28 +1:21.5 13 6
6   Eric Saul Yamaha 28 +1:27.1 8 5
7   Gregg Hansford Kawasaki 28 +1:40.5 5 4
8   Maurizio Massimiani MBA 27 +1 lap 12 3
9   Chas Mortimer Yamaha 27 +1 lap 11 2
10   Fernando Gonzalez Yamaha 27 +1 lap 1
11   A. Rubio Yamaha 27 +1 lap
12   I. Troisi Yamaha 27 +1 lap
13   B. Jull Yamaha 27 +1 lap
14   G. Di Carlo Yamaha 27 +1 lap
15   Carlos Morante Yamaha 24 +4 laps
16   Eduardo Alemán Yamaha 24 +4 laps 10
  Carlos Lavado Yamaha 1
  Patrick Fernandez Yamaha 4
  Christian Estrosi Kawasaki 6
  Graziano Rossi Morbidelli 14
26 starters in total, ? finishers
[6]

125 ccEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Ángel Nieto Minarelli 26 45:39.3 3 15
2   Thierry Espié Motobécane 26 +6.1 4 12
3   Maurizio Massimiani MBA 26 +40.6 6 10
4   Patrick Herouard MBA 26 +58.5 7 8
5   Jean Lecureux Morbidelli 26 +1:12.9 6
6   Ivan Troisi Yamaha 26 +1:18.4 8 5
7   Francois Granon Morbidelli 26 +1:28.5 13 4
8   Hans Müller Morbidelli 26 +1:44.2 10 3
9   Jean Paul Magnoni Morbidelli 25 +1 lap 15 2
10   Patrick Plisson Motoshop 25 +1 lap 11 1
11   Bernie Wilbers MBA 25 +1 lap
12   H. Vigneti Morbidelli 25 +1 lap
13   Eduardo Cereda MBA 25 +1 lap 12
14   J. Huberts MBA 25 +1 lap
15   D. Abreu Honda 23 +3 laps
  Ivan Palazzese MBA 1
  Eugenio Lazzarini MBA 2
  Bam Carlson Morbidelli 5
  Jean P. Marchetti MBA 9
  Fernando Gonzalez Morbidelli 14
25 starters in total, 17 finishers
[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "500cc Race Classification 1979". MotoGP (in Spanish). Dorna Sports S.L. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  2. ^ "350cc Race Classification 1979". MotoGP (in Spanish). Dorna Sports S.L. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  3. ^ "250cc Race Classification 1979". MotoGP (in Spanish). Dorna Sports S.L. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ "125cc Race Classification 1979". MotoGP (in Spanish). Dorna Sports S.L. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  5. ^ Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999). Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  6. ^ a b c d Coleman, Barry (ed.). Motocourse 1979-1980. Hazleton Securities Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 0-905138-10-4.
  7. ^ "1979 Venezuelan MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "VENEZUELA GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1979". Motogp.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.


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