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1988 British motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1988 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 August 1988 at Donington Park.[4]

United Kingdom  1988 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Donington as of 2006.svg
Date7 August 1988
Official nameShell Oils British Motorcycle Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationDonington Park
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.020 km (2.498 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Fastest lap
Rider France Christian Sarron Yamaha
Podium
First United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third France Christian Sarron Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
Podium
First Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha
Second France Dominique Sarron Honda
Third Spain Juan Garriga Yamaha
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Podium
First Italy Ezio Gianola Honda
Second Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi
Third Italy Domenico Brigaglia Gazzaniga-Rotax
Sidecar (B2A)
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Podium
First United Kingdom Steve Webster LCR-Krauser
Second Switzerland Rolf Biland LCR-Krauser
Third France Alain Michel LCR-Krauser

500 cc race reportEdit

The front row: Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Christian Sarron, Niall Mackenzie and Wayne Rainey.

Rainey and Mackenzie get a good launch, and through the first turn it’s Rainey and he’s opening a gap the field. Rainey is using carbon fiber brakes for the first time, which had only been tested and not raced on.

Kevin Schwantz is in around 8th place and tries to pass two or three riders simultaneously at the chicane, but crashes into Ron Haslam and causes a bottleneck. Haslam struggles to get out of the gravel and back into the race, and Schwantz is out with a broken kneecap. Marco Papa highsides out of the race.

Finishing the first lap it’s Rainey, then a gap to Gardner, Sarron, and Mackenzie. Randy Mamola and Norihiko Fujiwara come together at the hairpin, but stay up.

Rainey is maintaining a gap, and Gardner makes a mistake at the chicane and lets Sarron and Mackenzie through, but he’s soon back to 2nd. Mamola is sliding the rear and waving to the crowd.

On the last lap, McElnea highsides coming out of the chicane.

Rainey wins his first premier-class GP.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha 49:33.670 20
2   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda +6.970 17
3   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +8.780 15
4   Niall Mackenzie Team HRC Honda +11.840 13
5   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +36.750 11
6   Eddie Lawson Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +40.970 10
7   Didier de Radiguès Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +51.360 9
8   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +51.810 8
9   Roger Burnett Racing Team Katayama Honda +52.390 7
10   Tadahiko Taira Tech 21 Yamaha +1:21.840 6
11   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1:32.450 5
12   Norihiko Fujiwara Lucky Strike Yamaha Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13   Mike Baldwin Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 3
14   Ron Haslam Team ROC Elf Honda Elf Honda +1 Lap 2
15   Fabio Biliotti Team Amoranto Honda +1 Lap 1
16   Patrick Igoa Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +1 Lap
17   Eddie Laycock Millar Racing Honda +1 Lap
18   Fabio Barchitta Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap
19   Daniel Amatriain Ducados Lotus Guarz Honda +1 Lap
20   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior +1 Lap
21   Dave Leach Suzuki +1 Lap
22   Maarten Duyzers HDJ International Honda +1 Lap
23   Simon Buckmaster Honda +1 Lap
24   Kees van der Endt Autobedrijf Koens Honda +1 Lap
25   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda +1 Lap
Ret   Andreas Leuthe Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Rachel Nicotte PVI Racing Honda Retirement
Ret   Darren Dixon Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Bruno Kneubühler Romer Racing Suisse Honda Retirement
Ret   Rob McElnea Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Wolfgang von Muralt Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Raymond Roche Cagiva Corse Cagiva Retirement
Ret   Steve Spray Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki Retirement
DNS   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Honda Did not start
DNS   Marco Papa Team Greco Honda Did not start
DNQ   Steve Manley Gateford Motors Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Ian Pratt Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Johan Ten Napel Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Claus Wulff Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Rene Zanatta Paton Did not qualify
Sources:[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1988". Archive.today. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1988 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Donington Park - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com.
  4. ^ "Moto GP statistics". Moto GP. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "1988 British MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ "BRITISH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1988". Motogp.com. Retrieved 17 September 2018.


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