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1987 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

Season summaryEdit

Wayne Gardner became Australia's first-ever 500cc World Champion in a season that saw him score points in every Grand Prix.[1] Randy Mamola would finish second yet again, one point ahead of Eddie Lawson despite Lawson's five victories.[1] The first Japanese Grand Prix in 20 years was held at the Suzuka Circuit. Along with rounds in Brazil and Argentina, the championship was becoming a real world championship.[1]

Venezuelan Carlos Lavado's defense of his 250 crown was spoiled by injuries sustained in a pre-season crash.[1] Anton Mang stepped up to claim his fifth world championship ahead of four other Hondas.[1] A new brand would announce its arrival in the 250 class when an Aprilia ridden by Loris Reggiani won the San Marino Grand Prix.[1] Garelli's Fausto Gresini won ten out of eleven races in the 125 class, but ruined his bid for a perfect season when he crashed at the last round in Jarama.[2] Spain's Jorge Martinez won the 80cc crown for the second consecutive year.[3]

The Portuguese round was held in Jarama, Spain because the Portuguese Federation had transferred their rights to the Jarama organisers.[1] 1987 would be the first year that saw clutch starts replace push starts on the grounds of safety.[1] The FIM also announced that the 80cc class would be discontinued after 1989 and that the 125 class would be restricted to single cylinder machines.[1]

The last round was in Argentina, which had not hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1982. But appalling organization of the event saw the race nearly boycotted by the riders and their teams, and the race turned out to be a farcical embarrassment for the organizers. The safety of the Autodromo Buenos Aires (which was an arena-type circuit that was comparably easy to make safe, compared to other circuits) was totally unsuitable for racing; the organization of this Grand Prix was so bad that spectators had easy access to the circuit while the races were going on. The Argentine Grand Prix did not return until 1994.[4]

1987 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 1987:[5][6]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 29 March   Grand Prix of Japan Suzuka Circuit
2 26 April   Marlboro Gran Premio de España Circuito Permanente de Jerez
3 17 May   Grosser Preis von Deutschland Hockenheimring
4 24 May   Gran Premio delle Nazioni Autodromo Nazionale Monza
5 7 June   Großer Preis von Österreich Salzburgring
6 14 June   Yu Grand Prix Automotodrom Rijeka
7 27 June   Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen
8 19 July   Grand Prix de France Bugatti Circuit
9 2 August   Shell Oils British Motorcycle Grand Prix Donington Park
10 9 August   Swedish TT Scandinavian Raceway
11 23 August   Grand Prix ČSSR-Brno Brno Circuit
12 30 August   Grand Prix San Marino Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica
13 13 September   Gran Premio Marlboro de Portugal Circuito Permanente Del Jarama
14 27 September   GP Brasil Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna
15 4 October   Gran Prix da la República Argentina Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez

Calendar changesEdit

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Round Date Race Location 80cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 29 March   Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka   Masaru Kobayashi   Randy Mamola Report
2 26 April   Spanish Grand Prix Jerez   Jorge Martínez   Fausto Gresini   Martin Wimmer   Wayne Gardner Report
3 17 May   German Grand Prix Hockenheim   Gerhard Waibel   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Eddie Lawson Report
4 24 May   Italian Grand Prix Monza   Jorge Martínez   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Wayne Gardner Report
5 7 June   Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring   Jorge Martínez   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Wayne Gardner Report
6 14 June   Yugoslavian Grand Prix Automotodrom Rijeka   Jorge Martínez   Carlos Lavado   Wayne Gardner Report
7 27 June   Dutch TT Assen   Jorge Martínez   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Eddie Lawson Report
8 19 July   French Grand Prix Le Mans   Fausto Gresini   Reinhold Roth   Randy Mamola Report
9 2 August   British Grand Prix Donington   Jorge Martínez   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Eddie Lawson Report
10 9 August   Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Wayne Gardner Report
11 23 August   Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno   Stefan Dörflinger   Fausto Gresini   Anton Mang   Wayne Gardner Report
12 30 August   San Marino Grand Prix Misano   Manuel Herreros   Fausto Gresini   Loris Reggiani   Randy Mamola Report
13 13 September   Portuguese Grand Prix Jarama   Jorge Martínez   Paolo Casoli   Anton Mang   Eddie Lawson Report
14 27 September   Brazilian Grand Prix Goiania   Dominique Sarron   Wayne Gardner Report
15 4 October   Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires   Sito Pons   Eddie Lawson Report

ParticipantsEdit

500cc participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 1   Eddie Lawson All
5   Rob McElnea 1-14
21   Tadahiko Taira 1-7, 9-15
Rothmans Honda/HRC Honda Honda NSR500 2   Wayne Gardner All
16   Shunji Yatsushiro All
Rothmans Racing Honda Honda NSR500 12   Roger Burnett 1-13
Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 3   Randy Mamola All
4   Mike Baldwin 1-2, 13-15
33   Richard Scott 2-12
Team Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 40
17
34
  Kevin Magee 1, 7, 13
Team Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 6   Christian Sarron 1-5, 7-15
Team Cagiva - Alstare Cagiva Cagiva C587 7   Didier de Radiguès 1-5, 7-15
8   Raymond Roche 1-8, 11-15
Team Elf-ROC Honda
Elf
Honda NSR500
Elf 4
9   Ron Haslam 1-13
HB Honda Gallina Honda Honda NSR500 10   Pierfrancesco Chili All
HB Honda/HRC Honda Honda NSR500 11   Niall Mackenzie 1-5, 7-15
Honda Racing Corporation Honda Honda NSR500 19   Freddie Spencer 9-12
Hein Gericke Racing Honda Honda RS500
Honda NSR500
14   Gustav Reiner 1-6, 8-9, 12-13
HG-Honda ?? 36
34
  Manfred Fischer 3-5, 7-10, 12
Servisco Honda Honda NS500 15   Fabio Biliotti 2-6, 9-13
Heron Suzuki GB Ltd Heron/Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 18   Kenny Irons 1-12
34   Kevin Schwantz 2, 4, 8
34   Donnie McLeod 3
Duckhams NLM Honda Honda Honda RS500 22   Simon Buckmaster 1-3, 5-13
Team Iberna Honda Honda RS500 23   Alessandro Valesi 1-2, 4-13
Frankonia-Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGB500 24   Wolfgang von Muralt 1-2, 4-14
Lucky Strike Fior Fior-Honda Honda RS500 25   Marco Gentile All
Fior-SNCF Fior-Honda Honda RS500 53
26
  Thierry Rapicault 2-4
55
72
  Hervé Guilleux 5-11, 13
Suzuki Japan Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 32   Takumi Ito 1
Andy Leuthe Honda Honda RS500 40   Andy Leuthe 4-6, 8
?? Honda Honda RS500 42
78
29
  Fabio Barchitta 3-4, 6-13
Bruno Kneubühler Honda Honda RS500 45
65
55
  Bruno Kneubühler 2-13
Honda Britain Honda Honda RS500
Honda NS500
57
33
  Richard Scott 2-12
H.D.J. B.Y Honda Honda RS500 61
44
  Maarten Duyzers 2-3, 5, 8-10
FE-GO Honda Honda RS500 75
50
  Silvo Habat 6
?? Honda Honda RS500 ??   Gerold Fisher 2-7, 10-11
Yamaha Japan Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 ??   Shinji Katayama 1
??   Hiroyuki Kawasaki 1
Source:[7]
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

250cc participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
HB-Venemotos Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 1   Carlos Lavado 2-10, 13-15
Campsa-Honda Honda Honda NSR250 2   Sito Pons All
Rothmans Honda France Honda Honda NSR250 3   Dominique Sarron 1-6, 8-15
Rothmans Honda Honda Honda NSR250 4   Anton Mang All
Pole Position/Ville d’Hyeres Honda Honda RS250R 5   Jean-François Baldé 1, 3-6, 8-14
Defi Defi-Rotax ?? 5   Jean-François Baldé 1, 3-6, 8-14
Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 6   Martin Wimmer 1-2, 5-15
22   Luca Cadalora 1-5, 7-15
??   Massimo Messere ??
Team Parisienne-Elf Honda Honda NSR250 7   Jacques Cornu 1-10
23   Urs Lüzi 10-15
Honda RS250R 55   Bernard Hänggeli 2, 9, 11, 13
Team Iberna Honda Honda RS250R 8   Fausto Ricci 1-2, 12-13
?? Honda Honda RS250R 10   Donnie Mcleod 1-13
Pepsi/Ehrlich Automotive EMC-Rotax ?? 10   Donnie Mcleod 1-13
Team Ducados Angel Nieto Honda Honda NSR250 12   Carlos Cardús 1, 3-15
Racing Team Katayama Sekitoba-Honda Honda RS250R 14   Stéphane Mertens All
15   Virginio Ferrari 1
Team Italia Garelli Garelli Garelli 250 GP 16   Maurizio Vitali 1-6, 9-13
Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 17   Patrick Igoa 1-5, 7-15
21   Jean-Philippe Ruggia All
Sonauto Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha TZ250 21   Jean-Philippe Ruggia All
?? Chevallier-Yamaha Yamaha TZ250 19   Jean Foray 2-3, 6-8, 10, 12-15
Atomic Road Racing Team Honda Honda RS250R 20   Hans Lindner 3-11
HB Römer Team Honda Honda NSR250 24   Reinhold Roth All
Römer Racing Team Honda Honda RS250R 34
32
  Harald Eckl 1-13
Honda France Honda Honda RS250R 25   Jean-Michel Mattioli All
?? Honda Honda RS250R 27   Manfred Herweh 1-2, 4-13
Ducados-Yamaha Racing Yamaha Yamaha YZR250 31   Joan Garriga 1-7, 11-15
Team Aprilia Aprilia AFI-Rotax ?? 32
18
30
41
36
34
  Loris Reggiani 2-6, 8-15
Pave d’Affinois Honda Honda RS250R 36   Guy Bertin All
D Gallacher - Bradgate Containers Yamaha
Honda
Yamaha TZ250
Honda RS250R
38   Kevin Mitchell 1, 6-7, 9-11
East West Transport Honda Honda RS250R 41   Garry Cowan 3, 5-9, 11-12
Ajinomoto Honda Honda NSR250 43
45
  Masahiro Shimizu 1, 14-15
44   Masaru Kobayashi 1
HOMA Racing Team Honda Honda RS250R 43   Siegfried Minich 2, 5-7
Mitsui-Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha TZ250 45   Jochen Schmid 2-10, 12
M.T.D Honda Honda RS250R 48   Bruno Bonhuil 1-4, 6, 8, 10-15
F.M.V. Yamaha Yamaha TZ250 49
33
  Iván Palazzese 6, 11-12
Gazzaniga Corse Gazzaniga-Rotax ?? ??   Stefano Caracchi 2, 4, 7-10, 12-15
Angelo Gazzaniga Honda Honda RS250R 49   Stefano Caracchi 2, 4, 7-10, 12-15
?? Yamaha Yamaha TZ250 55   René Délaby 2-13
?? Honda Honda RS250R ??   Alain Bronec 2, 6, 8-11, 13-15
Moriwaki Honda Honda NSR250 ??   Alan Carter 1
?? Honda Honda RS250R ??   Hervé Duffard 2, 8-10, 14-15
?? Honda Honda RS250R ??   Urs Lüzi 10-15
?? Honda Honda RS250R ??   Alberto Rota 2-3, 12-13
Source: [8]
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

Final standingsEdit

500cc standings[9][10]Edit

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins Poles F.Laps
1   Wayne Gardner 2 Australia Rothmans-Honda NSR500 178 7 10 8
2   Randy Mamola 3 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 158 3 1 3
3   Eddie Lawson 1 United States Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 157 5 2 1
4   Ron Haslam 9 United Kingdom Elf-Honda Elf4-NSR500 72 0 0 0
5   Niall Mackenzie 11 United Kingdom HB-Honda NSR500 61 0 1 0
6   Tadahiko Taira 21 Japan Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 56 0 0 1
7   Christian Sarron 6 France Team Sonauto-Gauloises YZR500 52 0 1 0
8   Pier-Francesco Chili 10 Italy HB-Honda NS500 47 0 0 0
9   Shunji Yatsushiro 16 Japan Rothmans-Honda NSR500 40 0 0 0
10   Rob McElnea 5 United Kingdom Marlboro-Yamaha Team Agostini YZR500 39 0 0 0
11   Roger Burnett 12 United Kingdom Rothmans-Honda NSR500 25 0 0 0
12   Didier de Radiguès 7 Belgium Team Cagiva-Alstare GP500 21 0 0 1
13   Raymond Roche 8 France Team Cagiva-Alstare GP500 15 0 0 0
14   Kenny Irons 18 United Kingdom Heron-Suzuki RGB500 12 0 0 0
15   Kevin Magee 40 Australia Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 11 0 0 0
16   Kevin Schwantz 34 United States Heron-Suzuki RGB500 11 0 0 0
17   Takumi Ito[11] 32 Japan Suzuki-Japan RGB500 10 0 0 0
18   Mike Baldwin 4 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 6 0 0 0
19   Gustav Reiner 14 West Germany Hein Gericke Racing RS500/NS500 5 0 0 0
20   Freddie Spencer 19 United States HRC-Honda NSR500 4 0 0 0
21   Hiroyuki Kawasaki Japan Yamaha-Japan YZR500 4 0 0 0
22   Richard Scott[12] 57/33 New Zealand Honda-Britain / Team Lucky Strike-Roberts RS500/NS500/YZR500 3 0 0 0
23   Shinjii Katayama Japan Yamaha-Japan YZR500 2 0 0 0
24   Marco Gentile 25 Italy Lucky Strike Fior NS500 1 0 0 0
-   Fabio Barchitta 42 San Marino RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Fabio Biliotti 15 Italy Servisco RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Simon Buckmaster 22 United Kingdom Duckhams NLM Honda RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Maarten Duyzers 61 Netherlands H.D.J.B.Y. RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Gerold Fischer West Germany RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Manfred Fischer 36 West Germany Hein Gericke Racing RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Hervé Guilleux 55 France Fior-SNCF RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Silvo Habat 75 Yugoslavia FE-GO RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Bruno Kneubühler 45 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Andreas Leuthe 40 Luxembourg Andreas Leuthe RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Donnie McLeod 34 United Kingdom Heron-Suzuki RGB500 0 0 0 0
-   Wolfgang von Muralt 24 Switzerland Franconia-Suzuki RGB500 0 0 0 0
-   Thierry Rapicault 53 France Fior-SNCF RS500 0 0 0 0
-   Kenny Roberts, Jr. 51 United States Team Lucky Strike-Roberts YZR500 0 0 0 0

250cc standings[13][14]Edit

Place Rider Number Country Team Machine Points Wins
1   Anton Mang 4 West Germany Rothmans-Honda NSR250 136 8
2   Reinhold Roth 24 West Germany HB Römer-Honda NSR250 108 1
3   Sito Pons 2 Spain Campsa-Honda NSR250 108 1
4   Dominique Sarron 3 France Rothmans-Honda France NSR250 97 1
5   Carlos Cardús 12 Spain Ducados-Honda NSR250 70 0
6   Loris Reggiani 32 Italy Aprilia RS250 68 1
7   Luca Cadalora 22 Italy Marlboro-Yamaha YZR250 63 0
8   Martin Wimmer 6 West Germany Marlboro-Yamaha YZR250 61 1
9   Jacques Cornu 7 Switzerland Parisienne Elf-Honda NSR250 50 0
10   Carlos Lavado 1 Venezuela HB Venemotos-Yamaha YZR250 46 1
11   Juan Garriga Spain Ducados-Yamaha YZR250 46
12   Patrick Igoa France Yamaha YZR250 42
13   Masahiro Shimizu Japan Honda 20
14   Masaru Kobayashi Japan Honda 15 1
15   Manfred Herweh West Germany 11
16   Ivan Palazzese Venezuela 9
17   Jean Philippe Ruggia France Yamaha 7
18   Jean-François Baldé France 6
19   Maurizio Vitali Italy 6
20   Hans Lindner Austria 5
21   Urs Lüzi Switzerland 5
22   Donnie McLeod United Kingdom 4
23   Stephane Mertens Belgium 2
24   Masumitsu Taguchi Japan 2
25   Guy Bertin France 1
26   Stefano Caracchi France 1
27   Takayoshi Yamamoto Japan 1

125cc standings[15]Edit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Fausto Gresini 2 Italy Garelli 150 10
2   Bruno Casanova 23 Italy Garelli 88 0
3   Paolo Casoli 14 Italy AGV 61 1
4   Domenico Brigaglia 3 Italy AGV 58 0
5   August Auinger 4 Austria MBA 54 0
6   Ezio Gianola 5 Italy Honda 45 0
7   Pier Paolo Bianchi 8 Italy MBA 43 0
8   Andres Sanchez 26 Spain Ducados 40 0
9   Lucio Pietroniro 7 Belgium MBA 32 0
10   Mike Leitner 22 Austria MBA 32 0
11   Johnny Wickstroem Finland 21
12   Gastone Grassetti Italy 17
13   Jean Claude Selini France 16
14   Thierry Feuz Switzerland 13
15   Jussi Hautaniemi Finland 10
16   Adi Stadler West Germany 9
17   Ivan Troisi Venezuela 8
18   Claudio Macciotta Italy 6
19   Corrado Catalano Italy 6
20   Esa Kytölä Finland 4
21   Olivier Liégeois Belgium 4
22   Hakan Olsson Sweden 2
23   Robin Milton United Kingdom 2
24   Bady Hassaine Algeria 2
25   Flemming Kistrup Denmark 1
26   Norbert Peschke West Germany 1
27   Willy Perez Argentina 1

80cc standings[16]Edit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Jorge Martínez 1 Spain Derbi 129 7
2   Manuel Herreros 2 Spain Derbi 86 1
3   Gerhard Waibel 5 West Germany Krauser 82 1
4   Stefan Dörflinger 3 Switzerland Krauser 75 1
5   Ian McConnachie 5 United Kingdom Krauser 51 0
6   Jörg Seel 6 West Germany Seel 38 0
7   Hubert Abold 9 West Germany Krauser 33 0
8   Luis Reyes 22 Spain Autisa 31 0
9   Josef Fischer 9 Austria Krauser 19 0
10   Julian Miralles Spain Derbi 18 0
11 Àlex Crivillé 12
12 Günter Schirnhofer 12
13 Hans Spaan 11
14 Karoly Juhasz 10
15 Joan Bolart 10
16 Paolo Priori 9
17 Alex Barros 8
18 Giuseppe Ascareggi 5
19 Heinz Paschen 4
20 Richard Bay 3
21 Peter Öttl 3
22 Ernst Gschwender 2
23 Herri Torrontegui 1
24 Theo Timmer 1
25 Jacques Bernard 1
26 Ralf Waldmann 1

Further readingEdit

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949-2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5

ReferencesEdit

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