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1991 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1991 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 22–24 March 1991 at the Suzuka Circuit.

Japan  1991 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 15 races in the
1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Suzuka.png
Date24 March 1991
Official nameKibun Japanese Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationSuzuka Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.859 km (3.641 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
Time 2:11.948
Fastest lap
Rider United States John Kocinski Yamaha
Time 2:11.149
Podium
First United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki
Second Australia Michael Doohan Honda
Third United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda
Time 2:16.011
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora Honda
Time 2:15.075
Podium
First Italy Luca Cadalora Honda
Second Spain Carlos Cardús Honda
Third Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Honda
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Noboru Ueda Honda
Time 2:24.623
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Noboru Ueda Honda
Time 2:22.264
Podium
First Japan Noboru Ueda Honda
Second Italy Fausto Gresini Honda
Third Italy Loris Capirossi Honda

Noboru Ueda, who won the 125cc race on his Grand Prix motorcycle racing debut, would become the last rider to win on his debut until Can Öncü in 2018.

Mick Doohan (3) is followed by Kevin Schwantz (34), Wayne Rainey (1) and John Kocinski (19) in the 500 cc race.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki 22 48:35.747 1 20
2   Michael Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda 22 +0.204 2 17
3   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha 22 +0.353 5 15
4   John Kocinski Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha 22 +0.556 3 13
5   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Honda Team Honda 22 +35.311 11 11
6   Eddie Lawson Cagiva Corse Cagiva 22 +44.915 6 10
7   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha 22 +55.830 4 9
8   Sito Pons Campsa Honda Team Honda 22 +1:08.316 13 8
9   Kenichiro Iwahashi Ajinomoto Honda 22 +1:08.373 10 7
10   Alex Barros Cagiva Corse Cagiva 22 +1:15.302 8 6
11   Doug Chandler Roberts B Team Yamaha 22 +1:15.595 5
12   Adrien Morillas Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha 22 +1:18.928 4
13   Kevin Magee Team Roberts Suzuki 22 +1:20.899 3
14   Didier de Radiguès Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki 22 +1:22.472 2
15   Peter Goddard Hayashi Yamaha 22 +1:22.696 12 1
16   Shinichi Itoh Honda 22 +1:38.831 9
17   Toshihiko Honma YMO Yamaha 22 +1:41.697
18   Kunio Machii Yamaha 22 +1:41.905
19   Satoshi Tsujimoto SRT Suzuki 22 +1:54.952
20   Hikaru Miyagi Ajinomoto Honda 22 +1:55.213
21   Tasuro Arata Itohen Yamaha 21 +1 lap
22   Cees Doorakkers HEK-Baumachines Honda 21 +1 lap
Ret   Eddie Laycock Millar Racing Yamaha 17 Retired
Ret   Jean-Philippe Ruggia Sonauto Yamaha Mobil 1 Yamaha 9 Retired 7
Ret   Keiji Ohishi Yamaha 9 Retired
Ret   Norihiko Fujiwara Kirin Mets Racing Team Yamaha 7 Retired 15
Ret   Osamu Hiwatashi SRT Suzuki 1 Retired
Ret   Tadahiko Taira YRTR Yamaha 1 Retired 14
DNQ   Nicholas Schmassman Schmassman Technotron Honda 0 Did not qualify
[4][5][6]

250 cc classificationEdit

 
Martin Wimmer in the 250 cc race.
Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Luca Cadalora Honda 20 45:23.048 8 20
2   Carlos Cardús Honda 20 +0.255 2 17
3   Wilco Zeelenberg Honda 20 +17.876 1 15
4   Masumitsu Taguchi Honda 20 +21.180 9 13
5   Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 20 +21.560 11 11
6   Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 20 +21.570 3 10
7   Helmut Bradl Honda 20 +22.060 6 9
8   Masahiro Shimizu Honda 20 +23.103 8
9   Loris Reggiani Aprilia 20 +31.920 15 7
10   Tsutomu Udagawa Honda 20 +37.366 4 6
11   Katsuyoshi Kozono Honda 20 +37.953 7 5
12   Kyoji Namba Yamaha 20 +40.569 12 4
13   Jochen Schmid Honda 20 +56.684 3
14   Martin Wimmer Suzuki 20 +56.734 10 2
15   Toshiyuki Arakaki Honda 20 +57.140 1
16   Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 20 +58.962
17   Pierfrancesco Chili Aprilia 20 +1:00.083 13
18   Jean-Pierre Jeandat Honda 20 +1:03.334
19   Andreas Preining Aprilia 20 +1:08.539
20   Stefan Prein Honda 20 +1:10.775
21   Alberto Puig Yamaha 20 +1:31.053
22   Takehiko Kurokawa Honda 20 +1:34.951
23   Leon van der Heyden Honda 20 +1:35.323
24   Yoshomasa Kato Yamaha 20 +1:38.026
25   Carlos Lavado Yamaha 20 +1:41.074
26   Paolo Casoli Yamaha 20 +1:48.765
27   Urs Jucker Yamaha 20 +2:07.587
28   Peter Linden Honda 20 +2:10.769
29   Kevin Mitchell Yamaha 20 +2:13.523
30   Frédéric Protat Aprilia 20 +2:13.687
31   Jim Filice Yamaha 19 +1 lap
32   Bernard Hänggeli Aprilia 19 +1 lap
Ret   Hiroyuki Yamagishi Honda 18 Retired
Ret   Jaime Mariano Aprilia 16 Retired
Ret   Àlex Crivillé Honda 13 Retired 14
Ret   Corrado Catalano Honda 6 Retired
Ret   Tadayuki Okada Honda 5 Retired 5
Ret   Doriano Romboni Honda 1 Retired
[6]

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1   Noboru Ueda Honda 16 38:26.905 1 20
2   Fausto Gresini Honda 16 +2.553 3 17
3   Loris Capirossi Honda 16 +8.676 2 15
4   Masato Shima Honda 16 +15.917 10 13
5   Jorge Martínez JJ Cobas 16 +33.737 11
6   Heinz Lüthi Honda 16 +37.389 11 10
7   Ralf Waldmann Honda 16 +37.546 9
8   Akira Saito Honda 16 +38.930 12 8
9   Soichiro Sato Honda 16 +39.174 15 7
10   Adolf Stadler JJ Cobas 16 +39.327 5 6
11   Gabriele Debbia Aprilia 16 +39.380 13 5
12   Nobuyuki Wakai Honda 16 +39.425 4 4
13   Yosuke Yamakawa Honda 16 +45.178 8 3
14   Gimmi Bosio Honda 16 +47.160 2
15   Kinya Wada Honda 16 +47.506 1
16   Hans Spaan Honda 16 +47.883 7
17   Masayuki Hirose Honda 16 +48.032
18   Koji Takada Honda 16 +54.478
19   Hisashi Unemoto Honda 16 +54.555
20   Arie Molenaar Honda 16 +1:03.982
21   Dirk Raudies Honda 16 +1:05.364
22   Steve Patrickson Honda 16 +1:06.647
23   Hideaki Ueno Honda 16 +1:06.674
24   Julián Miralles JJ Cobas 16 +1:06.892
25   Alessandro Gramigni Aprilia 16 +1:26.032
26   Johnny Wickström Honda 16 +1:30.576
27   Robin Appleyard Honda 16 +1:30.874
28   Maurizio Vitali Gazzaniga 16 +1:30.939
29   Thierry Feuz Honda 16 +1:32.191
30   Oliver Petrucciani Aprilia 16 +1:56.424
31   Peter Galvin Honda 16 +1:56.544
32   Hubert Abold Honda 16 +2:24.346
33   Manuel Herreros JJ Cobas 15 +1 lap
Ret   Ezio Gianola Derbi 13 Retired 14
Ret   Masafumi Ono Honda 13 Retired 9
Ret   Herri Torrontegui JJ Cobas 9 Retired
Ret   Bruno Casanova Honda 6 Retired 6
Ret   Alfred Waibel Honda 6 Retired
Ret   Kazuto Sakata Honda 5 Retired
Ret   Emilio Cuppini Gazzaniga 2 Retired
[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1991". Archive.today. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1991 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Suzuka Circuit - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ "1991 Japanese MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "motogp.com · JAPANESE GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1991". www.motogp.com.
  6. ^ a b c Scott, Michael (ed.). Motocourse 1991-1992. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 64–65. ISBN 0-905138-88-0.


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