1993 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1993 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the penultimate round of the 1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on September 12, 1993, at Laguna Seca.

United States  1993 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 14 races in the
1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
DateSeptember 12, 1993
Official nameUnited States Motorcycle Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationLaguna Seca Raceway
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.602 km (2.238 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Australia Mick Doohan
Time 1:26.417
Fastest lap
Rider United States Kevin Schwantz
Time 1:26.837
First United States John Kocinski
Second Brazil Alex Barros
Third Italy Luca Cadalora
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi
Time 1:27.756
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Loris Capirossi
Time 1:27.959
First Italy Loris Capirossi
Second Italy Doriano Romboni
Third Italy Loris Reggiani
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Kazuto Sakata
Time 1:33.459
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Kazuto Sakata
Time 1:32.971
First Germany Dirk Raudies
Second Japan Kazuto Sakata
Third Germany Ralf Waldmann

500 cc race reportEdit

Everyone now knows Wayne Rainey’s career is over after his crash the previous round and that Kevin Schwantz is the 1993 world champion.

Kenny Roberts on the question of retiring: “I’ve thought about it the last week, but Wayne wants to work in Grand Prix racing. That’s going to keep the edge sharp, because he wants to help the team, he wants to help riders, he wants to follow along in what I’ve done. And that’s going to keep me involved. Wayne’s a big, big part of my team, and if he was disgusted with the whole thing, then yeah, it’d probably take a lot of the edge off. And he doesn’t show any signs of that and that’s probably going to keep me involved, otherwise I ... well, you know, I can do anything I want to do, but he’s a driving force right now.”[4]

Schwantz on winning the championship: “Everybody’s thinking about Wayne, and we all wish Wayne and Shae and Rex the best, but at the same time, I feel like we raced all season ... to put ourselves in a position to be there to take advantage of any opportunities, any doors that were open. I feel like we still earned it — we weren’t given it.”[5]

Rainey: “Kevin called. I said to him: You deserve it. And hey, I made the mistake. It doesn’t take anything away from what you did to win your championship.”[6]

John Kocinski takes the start from Mick Doohan, Schwantz and Alex Barros.

Teammates Schwantz and Barros pass Kocinski.

Barros starts to pull away, and at Turn 11, Kocinski tries an inside pass on Schwantz that doesn't quite stick allows Doohan to come up and they go down the straight 3 abreast. Schwantz stays to the inside and takes the hairpin ahead of Doohan and Kocinski.

Doohan gets past Schwantz and hunts down Barros and takes the lead. Kocinski also passes Barros.

Doohan's bike hops a bit on the exit of The Corkscrew and he loses his footing and almost rides it side-saddle but clips the hay bales on the left side of the track with his shoulder. He's almost hit by two bikes as he slides into the track, and gets up but looks to be in pain.

Kocinski's win is Cagiva’s first dry win in GP racing; Eddie Lawson won a wet race last year, but a lucky tire choice was seen as the main reason for the win.

500 cc classificationEdit

Pos. Rider Team Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   John Kocinski Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva 48:17.175 25
2   Alex Barros Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +6.375 20
3   Luca Cadalora Marlboro Team Roberts Yamaha +10.489 16
4   Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki +18.265 13
5   Daryl Beattie Rothmans Honda Team Honda +19.493 11
6   Shinichi Itoh HRC Rothmans Honda Honda +37.292 10
7   Àlex Crivillé Marlboro Honda Pons Honda +39.317 9
8   Niall Mackenzie Valvoline Team WCM ROC Yamaha +42.851 8
9   John Reynolds Padgett's Motorcycles Harris Yamaha +1 Lap 7
10   Juan Lopez Mella Lopez Mella Racing Team ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 6
11   José Kuhn Euromoto Yamaha +1 Lap 5
12   Jeremy McWilliams Millar Racing Yamaha +1 Lap 4
13   Sean Emmett Shell Team Harris Harris Yamaha +1 Lap 3
14   Serge David Team ROC ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 2
15   Laurent Naveau Euro Team ROC Yamaha +1 Lap 1
16   David Jefferies Peter Graves Racing Team Harris Yamaha +1 Lap
17   Tsutomu Udagawa Team Udagawa ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
18   Michael Rudroff Rallye Sport Harris Yamaha +1 Lap
19   Andreas Meklau Austrian Racing Company ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
20   Bruno Bonhuil MTD Objectif 500 ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
Ret   Matthew Mladin Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Retirement
Ret   Thierry Crine Ville de Paris ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Renato Colleoni Team Elit ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Kevin Mitchell MBM Racing Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Cees Doorakkers Doorakkers Racing Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Mick Doohan Rothmans Honda Team Honda Retirement
Ret   Andrew Stroud Team Harris Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Marco Papa Librenti Corse Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Lucio Pedercini Team Pedercini ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Bernard Garcia Yamaha Motor France Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Danny Walker Southwest Motorsports Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Doug Chandler Cagiva Team Agostini Cagiva Retirement
DNS   Freddie Spencer Yamaha Motor France Yamaha Did not start

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1   Loris Capirossi Honda 46:04.505 25
2   Doriano Romboni Honda +1.381 20
3   Loris Reggiani Aprilia +3.803 16
4   Alberto Puig Honda +3.881 13
5   Tetsuya Harada Yamaha +4.619 11
6   Pierfrancesco Chili Yamaha +12.279 10
7   Nobuatsu Aoki Honda +18.166 9
8   Helmut Bradl Honda +19.861 8
9   Tadayuki Okada Honda +28.044 7
10   Kenny Roberts Jr Yamaha +44.751 6
11   Luis d'Antin Honda +45.113 5
12   Juan Borja Honda +55.484 4
13   Frédéric Protat Aprilia +56.529 3
14   Carlos Checa Honda +57.555 2
15   Adrian Bosshard Honda +1:02.409 1
16   Patrick van den Goorbergh Aprilia +1:02.565
17   Pere Riba Honda +1:04.795
18   Bernard Haenggeli Aprilia +1:15.641
19   Luis Maurel Aprilia +1 Lap
20   Bernd Kassner Aprilia +1 Lap
21   Jean-Pierre Jeandat Aprilia +1 Lap
22   Massimo Pennachioli Honda +1 Lap
Ret   Max Biaggi Honda Retirement
Ret   Andy Preining Aprilia Retirement
Ret   Eskil Suter Aprilia Retirement
Ret   Simon Crafar Suzuki Retirement
Ret   Wilco Zeelenberg Aprilia Retirement
Ret   Jochen Schmid Yamaha Retirement
Ret   Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia Retirement
Ret   Jean-Michel Bayle Aprilia Retirement
Ret   Volker Bahr Honda Retirement


  1. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1993". 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "1993 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Laguna Seca Raceway - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ Duke Video, “Bike 500 GP 1993 Review”. Videocassette.
  5. ^ --Ibid.
  6. ^ Scott, Michael. Wayne Rainey: His Own Story. Page 190. Sparkford: Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  7. ^ "1993 United States MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "motogp.com · UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX · 500cc Race Classification 1993". www.motogp.com.

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