1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of April 14–16, 1989 at Laguna Seca.[4]

United States  1989 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
DateApril 16, 1989
Official nameDunlop USGP[1][2][3]
LocationLaguna Seca Raceway
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.602 km (2.238 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:27.120
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner
Time 1:28.000
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second United States Kevin Schwantz
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:30.160
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:29.190
First United States John Kocinski
Second United States Jim Filice
Third Italy Luca Cadalora

500 cc race reportEdit

At the front of the grid, it’s Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner, Kevin Magee and Christian Sarron. Eddie Lawson moves from 6th to 2nd in the first turn. Rainey begins to pull away, with Lawson and Schwantz getting into a scrap that leads Lawson into making a mistake on the entry to the Corkscrew, pushing him back into the group of Gardner, Magee and Sarron.

Gardner crashes out, breaking his leg. Lawson fights his way past Magee on the last lap, making it an all-American podium with Rainey and Schwantz in first and second place.

In the cool-down lap, Bubba Shobert and Kevin Magee collide; Shobert has serious head injuries that end his racing career, and Magee has a broken ankle. With Magee and Gardner both injured, Wayne Rainey’s lead in the standings can be threatened by Lawson getting the Honda set-up properly or Schwantz avoiding DNFs.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha 58:56.179 20
2   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +6.849 17
3   Eddie Lawson Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda +19.912 15
4   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +23.732 13
5   Niall Mackenzie Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +28.223 11
6   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +30.595 10
7   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +1:29.901 9
8   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +1 Lap 8
9   Bubba Shobert Cabin Racing Team Honda +1 Lap 7
10   Dominique Sarron Team ROC Elf Honda Honda +1 Lap 6
11   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Yamaha +2 Laps 5
12   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior +2 Laps 4
13   Simon Buckmaster Racing Team Katayama Honda +2 Laps 3
14   Bruno Kneubuhler Romer Racing Suisse Honda +2 Laps 2
15   Michael Rudroff HRK Motors Honda +3 Laps 1
16   Francisco Gonzales Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +4 Laps
17   Vincenzo Cascino Honda +4 Laps
Ret   Ron Haslam Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Tadahiko Taira Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda Retirement
Ret   Freddie Spencer Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva Retirement
Ret   David Busby Honda Retirement
Ret   Eugene Brown Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Michael Wild Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
Sources: [5][6]


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1989". Archive.li. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1989 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Laguna Seca Raceway - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". progcovers.com.
  4. ^ "Moto GP statistics". Moto GP. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "1989 United States MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "motogp.com · UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1989". www.motogp.com.

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