1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
|1989 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season|
Defending champion Eddie Lawson stunned most observers by switching from the Yamaha to Honda in the offseason then proceeded to win the championship, becoming the first man to win two consecutive 500cc championships on two different brands. On why he left Yamaha for Honda: "Giacomo Agostini, the Marlboro Yamaha team manager, started playing games, saying stuff like, 'I don't know if we can pay you the same as we did in 1988.' I'd just won my third title, so that was tough to hear. Also, I found out Ago was talking to Kevin Schwantz. I met with Erv and told him that I needed a change. When Marlboro discovered I was talking with Honda, they doubled their offer, but it was too late. I actually took a pay cut to ride the Honda."
Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz continued to perform impressively while Freddie Spencer made a less than successful comeback attempt with the Marlboro Yamaha team. Australian Wayne Gardner was out for most of the season after breaking his leg at Laguna Seca but not before winning the inaugural Grand Prix in his home country. Another Australian made his Grand Prix debut for the Rothmans Honda team with Mick Doohan scoring a third-place finish at the Hockenheimring. The FIM awarded half points for the rain-drenched Belgian Grand Prix after organisers restarted the race three times contrary to FIM race regulations. The Nations Grand Prix at Misano was boycotted by most of the top riders for safety reasons.
Sito Pons won a second consecutive 250 championship for Honda while Spanish teenager, Àlex Crivillé won the 125 crown on a Rotax-powered JJ Cobas motorcycle designed by Antonio Cobas. Derbi rider Manuel Herreros had the honor of winning the final 80cc world championship as the class would be discontinued after 1989.
1989 Grand Prix season calendarEdit
|1||26 March||Grand Prix of Japan||Suzuka Circuit|
|2||9 April||Swan Premium Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit|
|3||16 April||Dunlop USGP||Laguna Seca Raceway|
|4||30 April||Marlboro Gran Premio de España de Motociclismo||Circuito Permanente de Jerez|
|5||14 May||G.P. Delle Nazioni||Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica|
|6||28 May||Großer Preis von Deutschland für Motorräder||Hockenheimring|
|7||4 June||Großer Preis von Österreich||Salzburgring|
|8||11 June||Yu Grand Prix||Automotodrom Rijeka|
|9||24 June||Dutch TT||TT Circuit Assen|
|10||2 July||Belgium Motorcycle Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|11||16 July||Grand Prix de France||Bugatti Circuit|
|12||6 August||Shell British Motorcycle Grand Prix||Donington Park|
|13||13 August||Swedish TT||Scandinavian Raceway|
|14||27 August||Grand Prix CSSR-Brno||Brno Circuit|
|15||17 September||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo Internacional de Goiânia|
- The Australian Grand Prix was added to the calendar.
- The Expo 92 Grand Prix was taken off the calendar, as well as the Jarama circuit.
- The Nations Grand Prix moved from the Imola circuit to the Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica.
- The German Grand Prix moved from the Nürburgring to the Hockenheimring.
- The French Grand Prix moved from the Paul Ricard circuit to the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans.
Results and standingsEdit
|Round||Date||Race||Location||80cc winner||125cc winner||250cc winner||500cc winner||Report|
|1||26 March||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||Ezio Gianola||John Kocinski||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
|2||9 April||Australian Grand Prix||Phillip Island||Àlex Crivillé||Sito Pons||Wayne Gardner||Report|
|3||16 April||United States Grand Prix||Laguna Seca||John Kocinski||Wayne Rainey||Report|
|4||30 April||Spanish Grand Prix||Jerez||Herri Torrontegui||Àlex Crivillé||Luca Cadalora||Eddie Lawson||Report|
|5||14 May||Nations Grand Prix||Misano||Jorge Martínez||Ezio Gianola||Sito Pons||Pierfrancesco Chili||Report|
|6||28 May||German Grand Prix||Hockenheim||Peter Öttl||Àlex Crivillé||Sito Pons||Wayne Rainey||Report|
|7||4 June||Austrian Grand Prix||Salzburgring||Hans Spaan||Sito Pons||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
|8||11 June||Yugoslavian Grand Prix||Automotodrom Rijeka||Peter Öttl||Sito Pons||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
|9||24 June||Dutch TT||Assen||Peter Öttl||Hans Spaan||Reinhold Roth||Wayne Rainey||Report|
|10||2 July||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa||Hans Spaan||Jacques Cornu||Eddie Lawson||Report|
|11||16 July||French Grand Prix||Le Mans||Jorge Martínez||Carlos Cardús||Eddie Lawson||Report|
|12||6 August||British Grand Prix||Donington||Hans Spaan||Sito Pons||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
|13||13 August||Swedish Grand Prix||Anderstorp||Àlex Crivillé||Sito Pons||Eddie Lawson||Report|
|14||27 August||Czechoslovakian Grand Prix||Brno||Herri Torrontegui||Àlex Crivillé||Reinhold Roth||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
|15||17 September||Brazilian Grand Prix||Goiânia||Luca Cadalora||Kevin Schwantz||Report|
500cc riders' standingsEdit
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.