1992 British motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1992 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 31 July-2 August 1992 at Donington Park.

United Kingdom  1992 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 13 races in the
1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Donington as of 2006.svg
Date2 August 1992
Official nameRothmans British Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationDonington Park
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.023 km (2.500 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider United States Eddie Lawson
Time 1:33.814
Fastest lap
Rider United States Wayne Rainey
Time 1:34.194
First Australia Wayne Gardner
Second United States Wayne Rainey
Third Spain Juan Garriga
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Time 1:36.259
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Time 1:35.857
First Italy Pierfrancesco Chili
Second Italy Loris Reggiani
Third Italy Doriano Romboni
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Bruno Casanova
Time 1:42.344
Fastest lap
Rider Unknown
First Italy Fausto Gresini
Second Italy Alessandro Gramigni
Third Japan Noboru Ueda

500 cc race reportEdit

Mick Doohan’s leg injury became life-threatening and the right leg had to be fused to his left in order for the right to heal. Wayne Rainey commented: “When Mick didn’t show up people started to realize how bad his leg was. I was racing against a ghost.”[4]

Wayne Gardner announces his retirement, effective at the end of the season. He won the World Championship in 1987, but injuries, American riders and Doohan had stalled his career.

Eddie Lawson on pole, then John Kocinski, Rainey and Gardner. Kocinski gets the start, but Rainey and Lawson are soon through and Schwantz is in 4th.

After the first lap it's Rainey, Lawson, and Schwantz (lap record holder), but Gardner is moving up.

Gardner passes Schwantz, who passes Lawson. Rainey still up front with a small gap.

Rainey's front-end is bobbling through Craner Curves with Gardner on his wheel; Gardner passes Rainey at the chicane. The group behind is closing.

Schwantz into second, and it becomes a tight 5-man group: Gardner, Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson and Juan Garriga.

Schwantz through to 1st at the Old Hairpin, and holds Gardner off for a few laps, but Gardner gets him back at the chicane. Rainey through to 2nd at Redgate.

Schwantz through to 2nd at the Old Hairpin. Niall Mackenzie, who had been giving Kocinski a run, leaves with a mechanical. Kocinski also out with a mechanical.

5 laps to go, Schwantz crashes out at Redgate and throws his hands up, looking angrily at the track. As he walks behind the tire barrier he meets Doug Chandler, who crashed in the same place. They're both now yelling and Schwantz jumps over the barrier as Carl Fogarty goes down, grabs an oil flag and instructs a marshal on its use.


"I checked nobody was coming and ran across to the flag marshall and grabbed the oil flag because he was just standing there with it not doing anything much and was half way round the corner — I got back up the straight twenty or twenty five yards so that I could flag and signal to everybody to get on the outside line. Kocinski's bike had broken a primary gear and that had come out the side of the cases, gas, oil and everything went everywhere. ... A lot of guys out there thanked me for getting on the flags. Gardner and Rymer said that had I not got the flag out other people would have fallen because the marshals weren't doing what they were supposed to."[5]

Last lap and Rainey isn't close enough to pass Gardner. As they cross the line, it looks like Schwantz cheering Rainey on from the side of the track, and Rainey throws a questioning hand up to him.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Wayne Gardner Rothmans Kanemoto Honda Honda 47:38.373 20
2   Wayne Rainey Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +0.855 15
3   Juan Garriga Ducados Yamaha Yamaha +5.915 12
4   Eddie Lawson Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva +26.079 10
5   Peter Goddard Valvoline Team WCM ROC Yamaha +1:04.091 8
6   Terry Rymer Padgett's Motorcycles Harris-Yamaha +1:22.330 6
7   Miguel Duhamel Yamaha Motor Banco Yamaha +1 Lap 4
8   Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap 3
9   Dominique Sarron Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 2
10   Toshiyuki Arakaki Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 1
11   Serge David Team ROC Banco ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
12   Bruno Bonhuil Ville de Paris ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
13   Nicholas Schmassman Uvex Racing Team ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
14   Peter Graves Peter Graves Racing Team Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
15   Cees Doorakkers HEK Racing Team Harris-Yamaha +1 Lap
16   Marco Papa Librenti Corse Librenti +1 Lap
Ret   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Eddie Laycock Milla Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Andreas Leuthe VRP Racing Team VRP Retirement
Ret   Josef Doppler Uvex Racing Team ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Àlex Crivillé Campsa Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Kevin Mitchell MBM Racing Harris-Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Randy Mamola Budweiser Team/Global Motorsports Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Carl Fogarty MBM Racing Yamaha Retirement
Ret   James Whitham Padgett's Motorcycles Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Lucio Pedercini Paton Grand Prix Paton Retirement
Ret   Niall Mackenzie Yamaha Motor Banco Yamaha Retirement
Ret   John Kocinski Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Doug Chandler Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Corrado Catalano KCS International ROC Yamaha Retirement


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1992". 15 March 2014. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1992 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Donington Park - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ Scott, Michael: "Wayne Rainey", page 171. Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  5. ^ Schwantz, Kevin: Blurred Past Archived 2006-05-19 at the Wayback Machine kevinschwantz.com 1994.
  6. ^ "1992 British MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ "motogp.com · BRITISH GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1992". www.motogp.com.

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