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1989 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1989 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 11–13 August 1989 at the Anderstorp circuit.

Sweden  1989 Swedish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Scandinavian Raceway.svg
Date13 August 1989
Official nameSwedish TT[1][2][3]
LocationScandinavian Raceway
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.025 km (2.501 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:32.490
Fastest lap
Rider France Christian Sarron
Time 1:31.990
First United States Eddie Lawson
Second France Christian Sarron
Third Australia Wayne Gardner
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Carlos Cardús
Time 1:36.740
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:36.360
First Spain Sito Pons
Second West Germany Reinhold Roth
Third Switzerland Jacques Cornu
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:43.610
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Àlex Crivillé
Time 1:42.770
First Spain Àlex Crivillé
Second Netherlands Hans Spaan
Third Japan Koji Takada

500 cc race reportEdit

Wayne Rainey takes pole, then it’s Kevin Schwantz and Eddie Lawson. Rainey gets the start, and Lawson moves into second, followed by Schwantz.

A lead group forms, with Rainey, a small gap to Lawson, then another small gap to Schwantz, Kevin Magee and Christian Sarron.

Schwantz cruises into the pits with a mechanical, and Lawson closes the gap to Rainey and moves into the lead. Sarron is in third a couple of bike lengths behind, and Wayne Gardner passes Magee for fourth spot.

With two laps to go, Rainey is right behind Lawson and highsides on the exit of a right-hander. It's a long tumble, but he gets up and doesn’t try to pick up the bike. Though it’s Rainey’s only real mistake all year, Lawson’s consistency and improvement brings him the win and a lead in the standings by 13.5 points. Sarron takes second, Gardner third.

Says Lawson of the lap that saw Rainey go down: "That was my fastest lap of the race; I'd never got on the throttle that early all race. When I cracked it open, Wayne followed me, and there was no way the Dunlop was going to do that. It wasn’t Wayne, it was the tyres."[4]

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Eddie Lawson Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda 46:31.950 20
2   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +5.650 17
3   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda +25.030 15
4   Niall Mackenzie Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +31.630 13
5   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +51.550 11
6   Ron Haslam Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +55.450 10
7   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +55.660 9
8   Adrien Morillas Team ROC Elf Honda Honda +55.840 8
9   Rob McElnea Cabin Racing Team Honda +1:33.500 7
10   Tadahiko Taira Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha +1 Lap 6
11   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Yamaha +1 Lap 5
12   Simon Buckmaster Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 4
13   Fabio Biliotti Racing Team Katayama Honda +2 Laps 3
14   Bruno Kneubühler Romer Racing Suisse Honda +2 Laps 2
15   Juan Lopez Mella Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +2 Laps 1
16   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda +2 Laps
17   Timo Paavilainen Suzuki +2 Laps
Ret   Torbjorn Bastiansen Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Alan Carter Honda Retirement
Ret   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Rachel Nicotte Chevallier Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Peter Linden Team Heukeroff Honda Retirement
DNS   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior Did not start
DNS   Josef Doppler Honda Did not start
DNS   Luca Cadalora Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Did not start
DNQ   Francisco Gonzales Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Ian Pratt Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Aki Dahli 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 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1989 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Retrieved 15 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. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 140. Haynes Publishing, 1997
  5. ^ "1989 Swedish MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. ^ "SWEDISH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1989". Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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