1990 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1990 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 14–16 September 1990 at Phillip Island.

Australia  1990 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.svg
Date16 September 1990
Official nameDrink/Drive Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationPhillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.445 km (2.762 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Mick Doohan
Time 1:34.788
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Wayne Gardner
Time 1:34.560
First Australia Wayne Gardner
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third United States Wayne Rainey
250 cc
Pole position
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:37.531
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski
Time 1:36.681
First United States John Kocinski
Second Germany Helmut Bradl
Third Italy Luca Cadalora
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Netherlands Hans Spaan
Time 1:44.528
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:43.959
First Italy Loris Capirossi
Second Italy Bruno Casanova
Third Italy Doriano Romboni

500 cc race reportEdit

Cagiva sat out the last race, as the grid was headed by Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner and Eddie Lawson. The start went to the Rothmans Hondas, but by the hairpin Wayne Rainey was up to third. Exiting the hairpin, Gardner almost highsided, letting Rainey through.

Rainey took the lead from Doohan, with Gardner making it a trio away at the front. Rainey was passed by Doohan on the straight, but he re-took the lead by barging through the inside of the hairpin. Doohan passed on the straight again: the Yamaha was never beaten on straight-line speed. The trio became a quartet as Schwantz caught up, having set the fastest lap of the race.

Gardner's fairing came loose after his near-crash, but he managed to pass Rainey on the straight to take second spot, and again Rainey inelegantly pushed Gardner wide on the hairpin apex, which allowed Schwantz into third. With 7 laps to go, Doohan was out front down the straight, Schwantz in second and Gardner back into third as he passed Rainey into Turn One. He then passed Schwantz before the hairpin.

Gardner passed Doohan in Turn One, causing Doohan to nearly highside through the right-hander as Schwantz closed the gap that had been forming and then goes on to pass him. Rainey was still in fourth place. On the brakes into Turn One, Schwantz had a high-speed highside and crashed out of second. Gardner won the race in front of Doohan, with a small gap to Rainey in third.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda 47:45.053 20
2   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +0.856 17
3   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +2.739 15
4   Eddie Lawson Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +42.532 13
5   Niall Mackenzie Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +54.520 11
6   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +1:00.539 10
7   Sito Pons Campsa Banesto Honda +1:05.231 9
8   Peter Goddard Yamaha Motor Company Yamaha +1:30.221 8
9   Pierfrancesco Chili Team ROC Elf La Cinq Honda +1 Lap 7
10   Marco Papa Team ROC Elf La Cinq Honda +1 Lap 6
11   Eddie Laycock Millar Racing Honda +1 Lap 5
12   Cees Doorakkers HRK Motors Honda +1 Lap 4
Ret   Jean Philippe Ruggia Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Tadahiko Taira Tech 21 Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha Retirement
DNQ   Nicholas Schmassman Team Schmassman Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Greg Drew PRP Did not qualify
DNQ   Craig Harwood Yamaha Did not qualify
DNQ   Scott Mitchell Suzuki Did not qualify
Sources: [4][5]


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1990". Archive.li. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1990 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Phillip Island Circuit - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ "1990 Australian MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "motogp.com · AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1990". www.motogp.com.

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