1989 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1989 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix was the eighth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 9–11 June 1989 at the Automotodrom Grobnik circuit, near Rijeka.

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia  1989 Yugoslavian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Automotodrom Grobnik.png
Date11 June 1989
Official nameYu Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationAutomotodrom Rijeka
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.168 km (2.590 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:29.160
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:29.280
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Sito Pons
Time 1:31.760
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:32.260
First Spain Sito Pons
Second West Germany Reinhold Roth
Third Switzerland Jacques Cornu
80 cc
Pole position
Rider Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
Time 1:41.893
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
First West Germany Peter Öttl
Second Spain Manuel Herreros
Third Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger

500 cc race reportEdit

Another pole for Kevin Schwantz, but Wayne Rainey gets a little gap after the light, and is chased by Eddie Lawson, Schwantz, Kevin Magee and Pierfrancesco Chili. Soon, the usual trio develops at the front. Lawson takes the lead, but makes a mistake and goes off-track, letting Schwantz and Rainey through and getting dropped from the leading group, though remaining in the third place.

Schwantz wants a win and Rainey wants as many riders between him and Lawson, so Schwantz has to earn the gap he gets from Rainey. Magee and Christian Sarron fight for fourth.

Schwantz wins it ahead of Rainey and Lawson, and Rainey pulls ahead slightly in the standings.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki 45:10.967 20
2   Wayne Rainey Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +1.193 17
3   Eddie Lawson Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda +15.670 15
4   Kevin Magee Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha +41.545 13
5   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Blondes Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +41.673 11
6   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +1:05.736 10
7   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1:12.921 9
8   Ron Haslam Suzuki Pepsi Cola Suzuki +1:22.452 8
9   Pierfrancesco Chili HB Honda Gallina Team Honda +1:31.927 7
10   Dominique Sarron Team ROC Elf Honda Honda +1 Lap 6
11   Rob McElnea Cabin Racing Team Honda +1 Lap 5
12   Niall Mackenzie Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13   Massimo Broccoli Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1 Lap 3
14   Simon Buckmaster Racing Team Katayama Honda +1 Lap 2
15   Michael Rudroff HRK Motors Honda +1 Lap 1
16   Bruno Kneubühler Romer Racing Suisse Honda +1 Lap
17   Marco Papa Team Greco Paton +2 Laps
18   Stefan Klabacher Honda +2 Laps
19   Francisco Gonzales Club Motocross Pozuelo Honda +3 Laps
20   Nicholas Schmassman FMS Honda +3 Laps
21   Rudolf Zeller Manhattan +3 Laps
Ret   Vittorio Scatola Honda Retirement
Ret   Michael Kaplam Honda Retirement
Ret   Marco Gentile Fior Marlboro Fior Retirement
Ret   Alessandro Valesi Team Iberia Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Freddie Spencer Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini Yamaha Retirement
DNQ   Donato Battistoni Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Claude Albert Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Helmut Schutz Rallye Sport Honda 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. ^ "1989 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Info". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  4. ^ "1989 Yugoslavian MotoGP | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 1989-06-11. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "· YUGOSLAVIAN GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1989". Motogp.com. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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