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The 1989 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 14–16 July 1989 at the Bugatti Circuit located in Le Mans.[4]

France  1989 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Le Mans Bugatti.png
Date16 July 1989
Official nameGrand Prix de France[1][2][3]
LocationBugatti Circuit
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Time 1:42.330
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:42.970
First United States Eddie Lawson
Second United States Kevin Schwantz
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider France Jean-Philippe Ruggia
Time 1:46.760
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:47.300
First Spain Carlos Cardús
Second Switzerland Jacques Cornu
Third Spain Sito Pons
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:55.420
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:55.240
First Spain Jorge Martínez
Second Spain Àlex Crivillé
Third Italy Ezio Gianola

500 cc race reportEdit

Eddie Lawson on pole. At the start, Wayne Rainey gets around Lawson, with Freddie Spencer in third, followed by Pierfrancesco Chili and Christian Sarron. Soon it’s the California duo with a small gap, and Kevin Schwantz has made up for his bad start by moving into third, with Kevin Magee in fourth.

Wayne Gardner crashes out, and Schwantz joins the fight for first, with back-marker traffic making life difficult for Lawson and Rainey.

Schwantz is braking very late and making it stick, and he and Lawson start to drop Rainey. Lawson manages to get past Schwantz on the start-finish straight, and though very few win a last lap battle with Schwantz, Lawson manages it, putting Schwantz in a crucial second place to extract maximum points from Rainey in third.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Eddie Lawson Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda 50:16.940 20
2   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +0.770 17
3   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +15.530 15
4   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +23.590 13
5   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +24.210 11
6   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +37.000 10
7   Niall Mackenzie Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +53.540 9
8   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +59.120 8
9   Rob McElnea Cabin Racing Team Honda +1:26.290 7
10   Adrien Morillas Team ROC Elf Honda Honda +1:31.460 6
11   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1 Lap 5
12   Thierry Crine Minolta Suzuki Racing Team Suzuki +1 Lap 4
13   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Yamaha +1 Lap 3
14   Simon Buckmaster Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 2
15   Fabio Biliotti Racing Team Katayama Honda +2 Laps 1
16   Eddie Laycock Honda +2 Laps
17   Bruno Kneubühler Romer Racing Suisse Honda +2 Laps
18   Juan Lopez Mella Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +2 Laps
19   Claude Albert Suzuki +2 Laps
20   Jean Paul Lecointe Motodepot Suzuki +2 Laps
21   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda +2 Laps
22   Pascal Seguela Honda +2 Laps
23   Bernard Gitton Byblos Fior +2 Laps
24   Francisco Gonzales Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +2 Laps
25   Cees Doorakkers HRK Motors Honda +2 Laps
Ret   Freddie Spencer Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior Retirement
Ret   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Marco Papa Team Greco Paton Retirement
Ret   Patrick Salles Fior Honda Retirement
Ret   Patrick Lerustre Fior Retirement
Ret   Bernard Andrault Honda Retirement
Ret   Fred Merkel HB Honda Gallina Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Raymond Roche Cagiva Corse Cagiva Retirement
DNS   Dominique Sarron Team ROC Elf Honda Honda Did not start
DNQ   Vittorio Scatola Honda Did not qualify


  1. ^ "Alle Grand-Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden, van 1973 (het jaar dat Jack begon met racen) tot heden". Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1989 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Moto GP statistics". Moto GP. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "1989 French MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "FRENCH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1989". Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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