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1988 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1988 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of April 8–10, 1988, at the Laguna Seca Raceway.

United States  1988 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 15 races in the
1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
DateApril 10, 1988
Official nameUnited States International Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationLaguna Seca Raceway
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.563 km (2.214 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
Time 1:29.210
Fastest lap
Rider United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Time 1:29.960
Podium
First United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha
Second Australia Wayne Gardner Honda
Third United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Honda
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski Yamaha
Time 1:32.950
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Bruno Casanova Aprilia-Rotax
Time 1:32.320
Podium
First United States Jim Filice Honda
Second Spain Sito Pons Honda
Third France Dominique Sarron Honda

500 cc race reportEdit

The first U.S. GP in 23 years (the Daytona in 1965 was the previous).

Wayne Rainey was on pole. Through the first hairpin it was Wayne Gardner, Niall Mackenzie, Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, et al.

Eddie Lawson was down in 6th place, with Kevin Magee and Gardner up front. Lawson worked his way through the field, and passed both Gardner and Magee on the inside of Turn 2 (hairpin).

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Eddie Lawson Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha 1'00:48.075 20
2   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda +7.539 17
3   Niall Mackenzie Team HRC Honda +8.048 15
4   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +14.638 13
5   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +27.459 11
6   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +1:19.207 10
7   Ron Haslam Team ROC Elf Honda Elf Honda +1:30.230 9
8   Didier de Radiguès Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +1 Lap 8
9   Rob McElnea Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +1 Lap 7
10   Mike Baldwin Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 6
11   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Honda +1 Lap 5
Ret   Shunji Yatsushiro Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Raymond Roche Cagiva Corse Cagiva Retirement
Ret   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha Retirement
Ret   John Long Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior Retirement
Ret   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Eugene Brown Suzuki Retirement
DNS   Patrick Igoa Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha Did not start
DNS   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva Did not start
DNS   William Knott Suzuki Did not start
DNS   Russell Bigley Yamaha Did not start
DNQ   Larry Moreno Vacondio Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Tony Carey Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Jim Poet Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Fabio Barchitta Racing Team Katayama Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Vincenzo Cascino Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Scott Gray Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Freddie Spencer Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   David Busby Suzuki Did not qualify
Sources: [4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1988". Archive.li. Archived from the original on 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1988 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com.
  3. ^ "Data". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  4. ^ "1988 United States MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1988". Motogp.com. Retrieved 16 September 2018.


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1988 Spanish Grand Prix
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