1989 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1989 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 2–4 June 1989 at the Salzburgring.[4]

Austria  1989 Austrian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Track map for Salzburgring in Austria.svg
Date4 June 1989
Official nameGroßer Preis von Österreich[1][2][3]
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:19.230
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:19.150
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Eddie Lawson
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:24.690
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:24.690
First Spain Sito Pons
Second Switzerland Jacques Cornu
Third West Germany Martin Wimmer
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:32.580
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:38.130
First Netherlands Hans Spaan
Second Spain Julián Miralles
Third Spain Àlex Crivillé

500 cc race reportEdit

Another pole for Kevin Schwantz, with Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey on his left as the light turns green. Lawson leads a large group through the first lap, with Rainey, Schwantz and about 4 other riders. Soon it’s a trio of the leading riders, until Schwantz begins to desperately open a gap, his bike squirming and bucking into the corners. A red mist seems to descend on Rainey, as he passes Lawson on the outside to briefly move into second, while Ron Haslam leads a fight for fourth that includes Christian Sarron, Pierfrancesco Chili, Kevin Magee and Mick Doohan, the last going off track trying to come to terms with the pace.

Schwantz enlarges his gap, while Lawson drops Rainey, which turns out to be the podium order. Rainey’s 13 point lead over Lawson is down to 11.

500cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki 38:39.005 20
2   Eddie Lawson Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda +2.130 17
3   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +19.900 15
4   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +37.830 13
5   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +38.140 11
6   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +38.500 10
7   Ron Haslam Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +38.910 9
8   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +56.770 8
9   Freddie Spencer Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +58.040 7
10   Dominique Sarron Team ROC Elf Honda Honda +1:03.590 6
11   Rob McElnea Cabin Racing Team Honda +1:15.170 5
12   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13   Simon Buckmaster Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 3
14   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior +2 Laps 2
15   Bruno Kneubühler Romer Racing Suisse Honda +2 Laps 1
16   Josef Doppler Honda +2 Laps
17   Georg Robert Jung Romer Telefix Honda +2 Laps
18   Stefan Klabacher Honda +2 Laps
19   Michael Rudroff HRK Motors Honda +2 Laps
20   Karl Dauer PC Racing Honda +2 Laps
21   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda +2 Laps
22   Francisco Gonzales Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +2 Laps
23   Pavel Dekanek Honda +3 Laps
24   Rudolf Zeller Manhattan +3 Laps
25   Hans Klingebiel Honda +3 Laps
26   Thomas Berghammer Suzuki +3 Laps
Ret   Alois Meyer Rallye Sport Honda Retirement
Ret   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva Retirement
Ret   Juan Lopez Mella Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda Retirement
DNS   Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha Did not start
DNQ   Larry Moreno Vacondio Suzuki Did not qualify


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1989". Archive.li. Archived from the original on 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1989 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ "Info". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  4. ^ "Moto GP statistics". Moto GP. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "1989 Austrian MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "motogp.com · AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1989". www.motogp.com.

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