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The 1991 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the tenth round of the 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 19–21 July 1991 at the Paul Ricard circuit

France  1991 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 15 races in the
1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Paul Ricard.svg
Date21 July 1991
Official nameGrand Prix de France[1]
LocationCircuit Paul Ricard
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.812 km (2.369 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:21.571
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:22.108
First United States Wayne Rainey
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third United States Eddie Lawson
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Germany Helmut Bradl
Time 1:25.955
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Loris Reggiani
Time 1:25.965
First Italy Loris Reggiani
Second Germany Helmut Bradl
Third Spain Carlos Cardús
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Noboru Ueda
Time 1:32.538
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Ralf Waldmann
Time 1:32.422
First Italy Loris Capirossi
Second Germany Ralf Waldmann
Third Italy Fausto Gresini

500 cc race reportEdit

Wayne Rainey on pole, Mick Doohan 2nd at .5 second, John Kocinski 3rd and Kevin Schwantz 4th on the grid. Doohan gets the start from Schwantz, Eddie Lawson and Rainey. After a bad start, Kocinski crashes out hard on the first lap.

By the end of the first lap, Rainey is showing Doohan a front wheel and it’s a 2-man fight for 1st very early with a 4-man group fighting for 3rd.

Rainey takes the lead from Doohan and Lawson and Schwantz remain behind to determine 3rd place.

On the last lap, Rainey expertly zigzags across the Mistral Straight, preventing Doohan from draft-passing, and Lawson wins his fight from Schwantz.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha 44:13.070 20
2   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda +4.000 17
3   Eddie Lawson Cagiva Corse Cagiva +23.646 15
4   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +23.730 13
5   Jean Philippe Ruggia Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +31.387 11
6   Doug Chandler Roberts B Team Yamaha +49.660 10
7   Didier de Radiguès Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +55.097 9
8   Adrien Morillas Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha +1:12.584 8
9   Sito Pons Campsa Honda Team Honda +1:17.300 7
10   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda +2 Laps 6
11   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +2 Laps 5
12   Cees Doorakkers HEK-Baumachines Honda +2 Laps 4
13   Marco Papa Team Marco Papa Honda +2 Laps 3
14   Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Honda +2 Laps 2
15   Josef Doppler Doppler Racing Yamaha +3 Laps 1
Ret   Nicholas Schmassman Schmassman Technotron Honda Retirement
Ret   Hans Becker Team Romero Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret   John Kocinski Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Retirement
DNS   Raymond Roche Cagiva Corse Cagiva Did not start
DNQ   Andreas Leuthe Librenti Corse Suzuki Did not qualify
DNQ   Helmut Schutz Rallye Sport Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Martin Trösch MT Racing Honda Did not qualify
DNQ   Damon Buckmaster Padgett's Racing Team Suzuki 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. ^ "1991 French MotoGP". 13 June 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ " · FRENCH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1991".

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