The 1991 Dutch TT was the ninth round of the 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 27–29 June 1991 at the TT Circuit Assen located in Assen, Netherlands.

Netherlands  1991 Dutch Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 15 races in the
1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
TT Circuit Assen 1984-2001.svg
Date29 June 1991
Official nameDutch TT[1][2][3]
LocationTT Circuit Assen
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 6.049 km (3.759 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:03.437
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 2:02.443
First United States Kevin Schwantz
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third Australia Wayne Gardner
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Time 2:08.295
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 2:08.178
First Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Second Italy Luca Cadalora
Third Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi
Time 2:19.646
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Ralf Waldmann
Time 2:19.094
First Germany Ralf Waldmann
Second Italy Loris Capirossi
Third Italy Alessandro Gramigni

500 cc race reportEdit

Kevin Schwantz on pole, and he gets the start from Wayne Rainey and Mick Doohan. Rain brings out a red flag on lap 4, with Doohan in 1st and Rainey in 5th .85 seconds behind.

Race 2 will be on aggregate time. Rainey gets the first turn from Wayne Gardner and Doohan. Alex Barros bumps Schwantz’ Suzuki with his elbow.

Rainey is opening a gap to Doohan, Gardner, Schwantz and Eddie Lawson. Schwantz and Doohan fight for 2nd and Gardner drops to 4th.

Doohan lowsides out of second and slides into a bale-covered fence, hitting it hard with his upper body. He’s not getting up.

A win would put Rainey ahead of Doohan on points, but Schwantz is closing as they head into the last lap. Schwantz is too far away to pass on the brakes, but at the chicane, Rainey makes a big mistake and goes wide on the exit, having to sit up and ride through the grass. He exits just before Schwantz gets to him, but Schwantz has momentum and takes the win on the line.

On the cool down lap, Rainey and Schwantz exchange a handshake and teasing jabs and Rainey put his head on the tank in embarrassment. On the podium, Rainey is subdued but not angry-looking.

Schwantz: "On the last lap Wayne put together a lap that had absolutely no flaws in it anywhere. Coming into the chicane for the last time I'm sure he had me by more than three quarters of a second. He just outbroke himself going in, got on the grass and I managed to beat him across the line. I kind of feel that it was Hockenheim that caused it to happen, I know that's all Wayne was thinking about, that he wasn't going to let me do the same thing I'd done to him in Germany. I think had he taken a quick glance over his shoulder anywhere round that last lap he would have realised it wasn't down to an outbraking manoeuvre at the chicane, he had me beat."[4]

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki 41:24.916 20
2   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +1.090 17
3   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda +12.766 15
4   Eddie Lawson Cagiva Corse Cagiva +16.973 13
5   Didier de Radiguès Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +31.091 11
6   John Kocinski Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +32.094 10
7   Alex Barros Cagiva Corse Cagiva +34.476 9
8   Jean Philippe Ruggia Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +49.225 8
9   Adrien Morillas Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +1:18.055 7
10   Sito Pons Campsa Honda Team Honda +1:20.994 6
11   Doug Chandler Roberts B Team Yamaha +1:24.323 5
12   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +2:34.160 4
13   Cees Doorakkers HEK-Baumachines Honda +1 Lap 3
14   Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Honda +1 Lap 2
15   Nicholas Schmassman Schmassman Technotron Honda +1 Lap 1
Ret   Eddie Laycock Millar Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Helmut Schutz Rallye Sport Honda Retirement
Ret   Damon Buckmaster Padgett's Racing Team Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Hans Becker Team Romero Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
DNQ   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Martin Trösch MT Racing Honda Did not qualify


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1991". 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1991 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project".
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "TT Circuit Assen - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  4. ^ Schwantz, Kevin: Blurred Past Archived 2006-05-19 at the Wayback Machine 1994.
  5. ^ "1991 Dutch TT MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ " · DUTCH TT · 500cc Race Classification 1991".

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