1983 French motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1983 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1983 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 2–3 April 1983 at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans.

France  1983 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 12 races in the
1983 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Le Mans Bugatti.png
Date3 April 1983
Official nameGrand Prix de France[1][2][3]
LocationBugatti Circuit
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.240 km (2.635 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kenny Roberts
Time 1:36.800
Fastest lap
Rider United States Freddie Spencer
Time 1:37.500
First United States Freddie Spencer
Second Italy Marco Lucchinelli
Third United Kingdom Ron Haslam
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Christian Sarron
Time 1:42.970
Fastest lap
Rider United Kingdom Alan Carter
Time 1:43.850
First United Kingdom Alan Carter
Second Switzerland Jacques Cornu
Third France Thierry Rapicault
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Ricardo Tormo
Time 1:51.240
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Pierluigi Aldrovandi
Time 2:00.250
First Spain Ricardo Tormo
Second France Jean-Claude Selini
Third Italy Maurizio Vitali
50 cc
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
First Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Second Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
Third West Germany Hagen Klein
Sidecar (B2A)
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland
First Switzerland Rolf Biland
Second United Kingdom Mick Barton
Third West Germany Werner Schwärzel

This race was remembered for two fatal accidents that occurred over the weekend in the 500cc class. The first occurred during Friday practice when Italian rider Loris Reggiani collided with Japanese rider Iwao Ishikawa. Ishikawa died shortly after from severe injuries.[4] In the race itself, defending winner Michel Frutschi crashed heavily and was taken to hospital, but later died.[4][5][6]


500 ccEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Freddie Spencer HRC-Honda NS500 47'47.900 15
2   Marco Lucchinelli HRC-Honda NS500 +14.990 12
3   Ron Haslam HRC-Honda NS500 +36.280 10
4   Kenny Roberts Marlboro Agostini-Yamaha YZR500 +44.110 8
5   Keith Huewen Heron-Suzuki RG500 +44.850 6
6   Marc Fontan Sonauto Gauloises-Yamaha YZR500 +45.720 5
7   Barry Sheene Heron Suzuki RG500 +46.090 4
8   Guido Paci RS500 +1'30.190 3
9   Sergio Pellandini Carimati-Pezzani Racing RG500 +1'33.850 2
10   Jack Middelburg Stichting Ned-Honda RS500 +1'35.820 1
11   Wolfgang von Muralt RG500 +1'39.650
12   Philippe Coulon Marlboro-Suzuki RG500 +1'43.140
13   Peter Sjöström Jeb’s Helmet Sweden RG500 +1 lap
14   Maurizio Massimiani Honda Italia RS500 +1 lap
15   Louis-Luc Maisto RG500 +1 lap
16   Walter Magliorati Moto Club Carate RG500 +1 lap
17   Stuart Avant RG500 +1 lap
18   Ernst Gschwender MO Motul Racing Team RG500 +1 lap
19   Jon Ekerold Cagiva GP500 +3 laps
Ret   Paolo Ferretti YZR500 Accident
Ret   Alain Röthlisberger YZR500 Retirement
Ret   Marco Greco RG500 Accident
Ret   Steve Parrish Mitsui-Yamaha YZR500 Accident
Ret   Chris Guy RG500 Accident
Ret   Eero Hyvärinen RG500 Retirement
Ret   Virginio Ferrari Cagiva GP500 Retirement
Ret   Leandro Becheroni RG500 Accident
Ret   Michel Frutschi Honda Switzerland RS500 Fatal accident
Ret   Didier de Radiguès Team Johnson Elf RS500 Accident
Ret   Franco Uncini HB Gallina-Suzuki RG500 Accident
Ret   Raymond Roche Moto Club Paul Ricard RS500 Retired
Ret   Gustav Reiner RG500 Accident
Ret   Eddie Lawson Marlboro Agostini Yamaha YZR500 Collision
Ret   Randy Mamola HB Sinclair-Suzuki RG500 Collision
Ret   Jean Lafond Claude Fior Fior Accident
Ret   Andreas Hofmann RG500 Accident
DNS   Boet van Dulmen Shell Nederland-Suzuki RG500 Injury
DNS   Iwao Ishikawa RS500 Fatal accident
DNS   Takazumi Katayama HRC-Honda NS500 Injury
Sources: [7][8]


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1983". 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1983 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Le Mans - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Second Le Mans death". The Glasgow Herald. 4 April 1983. p. 16.
  5. ^ "Michel Frutschi career profile". ozebook.com. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Motorcycle Racing Memorium". motorsportmemorial.org. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  7. ^ "1983 French MotoGP". 9 October 2017.
  8. ^ "1983 French GP Results". MotoGP official website. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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