1990 German motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1990 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 25–27 May 1990 at the Nürburgring race track.[4]

Germany  1990 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 15 races in the
1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Nürburgring-1984-GP.svg
Date27 May 1990
Official nameGroßer Preis von Deutschland[1][2][3]
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.148 km (3.199 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:38.185
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:39.048
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:42.518
Fastest lap
Rider Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
Time 1:43.046
First Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
Second Spain Carlos Cardús
Third United States John Kocinski
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Doriano Romboni
Time 1:51.766
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Martínez
Time 1:51.433
First Italy Doriano Romboni
Second Germany Dirk Raudies
Third Italy Loris Capirossi

500 cc race reportEdit

Though recovering from injury, Wayne Gardner refuses to stay off the bike, and breaks his foot badly in practice. In qualifying, Wayne Rainey falls off and breaks a finger, but makes the start.

Through the first turn it’s Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan and Pierfrancesco Chili. Rainey is down at 6th.

After a few laps it’s Schwantz, Doohan and Chili, then a small gap to Christian Sarron, Sito Pons and Rainey. In a bizarre accident, Doohan and Chili, without touching, have simultaneous highsides. Doohan’s crash is messy, his bike riding him off the track.

Schwantz is safely away, and Rainey takes the lead in the new fight for second. Rainey leaves the group, and the fight for third is split three-ways between Mackenzie, Sarron and Pons.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki 50:18.517 20
2   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +11.868 17
3   Niall Mackenzie Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +27.206 15
4   Christian Sarron Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha +35.129 13
5   Sito Pons Campsa Banesto Honda +44.015 11
6   Jean Philippe Ruggia Sonauto Gauloises Yamaha +1:02.188 10
7   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +1:21.646 9
8   Alex Barros Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1 Lap 8
9   Randy Mamola Cagiva Corse Cagiva +1 Lap 7
10   Cees Doorakkers HRK Motors Honda +1 Lap 6
11   Marco Papa Team ROC Elf La Cinq Honda +1 Lap 5
12   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Honda +1 Lap 4
13   Nicholas Schmassman Team Schmassman Honda +1 Lap 3
14   Hansjoerg Butz Honda +1 Lap 2
15   Peter Linden Honda +1 Lap 1
16   Vittorio Scatola Team Elit Paton +6 Laps
Ret   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Pierfrancesco Chili Team ROC Elf La Cinq Honda Retirement
DNQ   Alois Meyer Rallye Sport Honda Did not qualify


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1990". 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1990 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ "Nürburgring | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ "Moto GP statistics". Moto GP. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "1990 German MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "motogp.com · WEST GERMANY GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1990". www.motogp.com.

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