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1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

Season summaryEdit

Honda's Mick Doohan continued his domination of the 500 class with 8 victories.[1] His Repsol Honda teammate, Àlex Crivillé beat him to the line twice in Austria and the Czech Republic.[1] Luca Cadalora, now with the Kanemoto Honda team took two wins for the third consecutive year.[1] Suzuki's hopes were dashed when Daryl Beattie suffered head injuries in a pre-season crash.[1] He returned only to crash in Spain then two races later in France which effectively ended his career.[1] Loris Capirossi won his first 500 Grand Prix when Crivillé collided with his teammate, Doohan on the last lap of the Australian round.[1] A new European team made its debut with the Elf team using a Swissauto V4 sidecar engine in an ROC chassis.[1] It proved to be fast but unreliable. Honda introduced the NSR500V, a V twin as a cost effective alternative for privateer teams.[1]

Max Biaggi claimed his third consecutive 250 championship for Aprilia.[1] Haruchika Aoki repeated as the 125 champion for Honda.[1] Newcomers winning their first Grands Prix were Norifumi Abe in the 500 class, Olivier Jacque in the 250 class and Valentino Rossi in the 125 class.[1]

1996 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 1996:[2][3]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 31 March   Marlboro Grand Prix of Malaysia Shah Alam Circuit
2 7 April   Marlboro Indonesian Grand Prix Sentul International Circuit
3 21 April   Marlboro Grand Prix of Japan Suzuka Circuit
4 12 May   Gran Premio Lucky Strike de España Circuito Permanente de Jerez
5 26 May   Gran Premio d'Italia Polini Mugello Circuit
6 9 June   Grand Prix de France Circuit Paul Ricard
7 29 June ††   Lucky Strike Dutch Grand Prix TT Circuit Assen
8 7 July   Warsteiner Grand Prix Deutschland Nürburgring
9 21 July   British Grand Prix Donington Park
10 4 August   HB Motorrad Grand Prix Austria Österreichring
11 18 August   Grand Prix České republiky Brno Circuit
12 1 September   Gran Premio IP Città di Imola Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
13 15 September   Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya Circuit de Catalunya
14 6 October   GP Rio Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
15 20 October   Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Eastern Creek

†† = Saturday race

Calendar changesEdit

1996 Grand Prix season resultsEdit

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 31 March   Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Shah Alam   Stefano Perugini   Max Biaggi   Luca Cadalora Report
2 7 April   Indonesian motorcycle Grand Prix Sentul   Masaki Tokudome   Tetsuya Harada   Mick Doohan Report
3 21 April   Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix Suzuka   Masaki Tokudome   Max Biaggi   Norifumi Abe Report
4 12 May   Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Jerez   Haruchika Aoki   Max Biaggi   Mick Doohan Report
5 26 May   Italian motorcycle Grand Prix Mugello   Peter Öttl   Max Biaggi   Mick Doohan Report
6 9 June   French motorcycle Grand Prix Paul Ricard   Stefano Perugini   Max Biaggi   Mick Doohan Report
7 29 June ††   Dutch TT Assen   Emilio Alzamora   Ralf Waldmann   Mick Doohan Report
8 7 July   German motorcycle Grand Prix Nürburgring   Masaki Tokudome   Ralf Waldmann   Luca Cadalora Report
9 21 July   British motorcycle Grand Prix Donington   Stefano Perugini   Max Biaggi   Mick Doohan Report
10 4 August   Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix Zeltweg   Ivan Goi   Ralf Waldmann   Àlex Crivillé Report
11 18 August   Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix Brno   Valentino Rossi   Max Biaggi   Àlex Crivillé Report
12 1 September   City of Imola motorcycle Grand Prix Imola   Masaki Tokudome   Ralf Waldmann   Mick Doohan Report
13 15 September   Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix Catalunya   Tomomi Manako   Max Biaggi   Carlos Checa Report
14 6 October   Rio de Janeiro motorcycle Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro   Haruchika Aoki   Olivier Jacque   Mick Doohan Report
15 20 October   Australian motorcycle Grand Prix Eastern Creek   Garry McCoy   Max Biaggi   Loris Capirossi Report

†† = Saturday race

ParticipantsEdit

500cc participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Team Repsol Honda Honda Honda NSR500 (NV0W) 1   Mick Doohan All
4   Àlex Crivillé All
Honda NSR500V (NVAA) 6   Tadayuki Okada All
41   Shinichi Itoh All
Lucky Strike Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 (XR86) 2   Daryl Beattie 3–6, 13–14
11   Scott Russell 1–4, 6–15
21   Katsuaki Fujiwara 1
53 3
26   Terry Rymer 5, 7–12
42   Peter Goddard 15
Kanemoto Honda Honda Honda NSR500 3   Luca Cadalora All
Honda Pileri Honda Honda NSR500 7   Alex Barros All
ELF 500 ROC Elf Elf 500 8   Juan Borja All
14   Adrian Bosshard 1–5, 7–8
28   William Costes 6
44   Chris Walker 9–14
48   Marty Craggill 15
Marlboro Yamaha Roberts Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWJ1) 9   Norick Abe All
10   Kenny Roberts, Jr. 3–15
12   Jean-Michel Bayle All
QUB Team Optimum ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 13   Jeremy McWilliams All
ELC Lease ROC ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 14   Adrian Bosshard 10–13
16   Laurent Naveau 1–3, 8, 14–15
25   Jean-Marc Deletang 5–6
IP Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSW-2 500 15   Doriano Romboni 1–8, 12
29   Marcellino Lucchi 10–11
Fortuna Honda Pons Honda Honda NSR500 17   Alberto Puig 1–14
24   Carlos Checa All
WCM ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 18   James Haydon 1–12
30   Andrew Stroud 13–15
33   Chris Taylor 14
Harris Grand Prix Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 19   Sean Emmett 1–13
32   Stephane Mertens 14–15
Padgett's Racing Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 20   Toshiyuki Arakaki 1–8
Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 96   Paul Young 9–15
Team Paton Paton Paton V70 C10/2 20   Toshiyuki Arakaki 14–15
51   Jean-Pierre Jeandat 1–7, 9–13
66   Marco Papa 12
70   Florian Ferracci 8
Team Pedercini ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 22   Lucio Pedercini All
Millar Racing Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 23   Eugene McManus All
Soverex FP Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 27   Frédéric Protat All
70   Florian Ferracci 6
Team HRC Honda Honda NSR500 52   Takuma Aoki 3
Suzuki Deutschland Suzuki Suzuki RGV500 54   Michael Rudroff 8
Team Schmassmann Harris Yamaha Harris Yamaha 55   Niggi Schmassmann 8
RTM Corse RTM RTM 500 64   Andrea Zambotti 12
Marlboro Yamaha Rainey Yamaha Yamaha YZR500 (OWJ1) 65   Loris Capirossi All
Team Leone Racing ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 66   Marco Papa 5
Team Truchsess ROC Yamaha ROC Yamaha 69   Karl Truchsess 10
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

500cc riders' standings[4][5]Edit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
1   Mick Doohan Honda NSR500 5 1 6 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 8 309
2   Àlex Crivillé Honda NSR500 Ret 4 2 Ret 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 2 3 2 6 245
3   Luca Cadalora Honda NSR500 1 6 Ret 2 3 6 Ret 1 9 4 Ret 6 4 6 7 168
4   Alex Barros Honda NSR500 2 2 Ret 8 6 7 3 8 7 5 9 8 8 5 4 158
5   Norifumi Abe Yamaha YZR500 8 9 1 Ret 11 4 6 6 3 3 11 5 10 3 Ret 148
6   Scott Russell Suzuki RGV500 4 7 3 DNS 5 4 4 5 6 3 7 11 9 Ret 133
7   Tadayuki Okada Honda NSR500V Ret Ret 4 3 7 Ret 13 7 4 11 7 3 5 8 2 132
8   Carlos Checa Honda NSR500 3 5 10 10 DNS Ret 11 Ret 12 7 8 11 1 4 3 124
9   Jean-Michel Bayle Yamaha YZR500 6 8 8 7 5 Ret 8 10 Ret 9 6 4 Ret 7 5 110
10   Loris Capirossi Yamaha YZR500 Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 12 6 8 5 Ret 9 12 1 98
11   Alberto Puig Honda NSR500 7 10 9 5 12 3 12 11 11 13 12 12 7 10 93
12   Shinichi Ito Honda NSR500V Ret 13 11 9 8 Ret 10 9 10 Ret 10 9 6 11 9 77
13   Kenny Roberts Jr. Yamaha YZR500 12 6 10 Ret 5 5 Ret Ret 4 10 Ret 13 11 69
14   Juan Borja ELF 500 10 Ret 18 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 10 DNS Ret Ret 14 Ret 34
15   Frédéric Protat ROC-Yamaha 9 14 Ret 13 15 8 15 14 14 Ret 19 Ret 13 16 13 32
16   Jeremy McWilliams ROC-Yamaha 14 12 13 14 16 11 14 Ret Ret 14 14 Ret 12 Ret Ret 26
17   Lucio Pedercini ROC-Yamaha 12 Ret Ret 20 13 10 Ret 13 15 16 16 13 Ret 15 12 25
18   Daryl Beattie Suzuki RGV500 5 Ret 4 DNS Ret DNS 24
19   Doriano Romboni Aprilia RSW-2 500 Ret 11 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 WD 23
20   Terry Rymer Suzuki RGV500 Ret 7 Ret Ret 12 13 Ret 16
21   James Haydon ROC-Yamaha 15 18 15 12 17 9 Ret DNS 13 17 Ret Ret 16
22   Sean Emmett Harris-Yamaha 11 15 17 15 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 16 Ret 9
23   Peter Goddard Suzuki RGV500 10 6
24   Eugene McManus Yamaha Ret Ret 16 16 18 12 Ret 15 17 19 18 15 Ret Ret Ret 6
25   Toshi Arakaki Harris-Yamaha 17 17 14 17 Ret 15 Ret 4
Paton V70 C10/2 Ret 15
26   Laurent Naveau ROC-Yamaha 13 16 Ret Ret 18 Ret 3
27   Florian Ferracci ROC-Yamaha 13 3
Paton V70 C10/2 16
28   Jean-Marc Delétang ROC-Yamaha Ret 14 2
29   Paul Young Harris-Yamaha Ret 20 23 Ret 14 Ret Ret 2
30   Andrew Stroud ROC-Yamaha Ret 14 2
31   Chris Walker ELF 500 16 15 20 Ret 15 17 2
32   Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia RSA500 18 15 1
  Jean-Pierre Jeandat Paton V70 C10/2 16 Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 21 22 17 0
  Stephane Mertens Harris-Yamaha 19 16 0
  Nicholas Schmassman Yamaha 17 0
  Marco Papa ROC-Yamaha 19 18 0
  Adrien Bosshard ELF 500 Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret Ret 21 Ret Ret 0
  Katsuaki Fujiwara Suzuki RGV500 DNS Ret 0
  Takuma Aoki Honda NSR500 Ret 0
  Michael Rudroff Suzuki RGV500 Ret 0
  Martin Craggill ELF 500 Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

250cc riders' standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
1   Max Biaggi Aprilia 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 4 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 274
2   Ralf Waldmann Honda DNS 3 8 3 3 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 3 2 2 268
3   Olivier Jacque Honda 4 8 4 7 4 Ret Ret 2 3 Ret 2 2 2 1 3 193
4   Jürgen Fuchs Honda 7 6 12 4 5 Ret 2 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 5 174
5   Tohru Ukawa Honda Ret 7 5 5 DNS 4 Ret 10 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 142
6   Luis d'Antin Honda 3 4 9 6 9 10 6 5 Ret 2 8 6 13 7 8 138
7   Nobuatsu Aoki Honda 6 5 6 Ret 8 5 7 11 8 6 11 Ret 7 Ret 7 105
8   Tetsuya Harada Yamaha 2 1 Ret 2 6 3 10 Ret DNS Ret 9 Ret 104
9   Jean-Philippe Ruggia Honda 5 10 10 8 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 5 6 91
10   Luca Boscoscuro Aprilia 9 13 21 10 13 6 12 6 Ret 7 15 14 18 9 Ret 62
11   Jurgen van den Goorbergh Honda 8 12 Ret Ret 15 12 4 Ret Ret 8 17 8 14 13 11 56
12   Takeshi Tsujimura Honda 12 Ret 11 14 Ret 13 Ret Ret 6 10 Ret 7 11 10 10 56
13   Eskil Suter Aprilia Ret 11 19 Ret 12 7 5 13 10 Ret 7 Ret 9 15 Ret 55
14   Cristiano Migliorati Honda 13 Ret Ret 13 10 9 11 9 9 Ret 12 Ret 8 Ret Ret 50
15   Régis Laconi Honda Ret 16 14 Ret 14 11 Ret 8 7 9 16 Ret 10 Ret 12 43
16   Marcellino Lucchi Aprilia 2 Ret Ret 5 6 41
17   Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 10 Ret 18 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 10 12 6 9 41
18   Jamie Robinson Aprilia 11 Ret 22 9 17 Ret 9 Ret Ret 17 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 26
19   Sebastián Porto Aprilia Ret 9 16 12 16 16 Ret 20 13 Ret Ret 12 12 13 25
20   Osamu Miyazaki Aprilia 15 Ret 13 15 20 Ret 8 12 12 Ret Ret 16 15 Ret DNS 22
21   Noriyasu Numata Suzuki 2 20
22   Sete Gibernau Honda Ret 17 20 11 24 Ret Ret 19 11 18 14 18 20
Yamaha Ret 8 Ret
23   Daijiro Kato Honda 3 16
24   Davide Bulega Aprilia 14 14 Ret 16 21 17 13 18 15 Ret 19 10 17 Ret Ret 14
25   Oliver Petrucciani Aprilia Ret 19 24 Ret 18 15 Ret 14 Ret 11 13 17 Ret 14 Ret 13
26   Gianluigi Scalvini Honda Ret 18 Ret 19 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 11 16 11 Ret 10
27   Kensuke Haga Yamaha 7 9
28   Yasumasa Hatakeyama Honda Ret 15 15 18 22 14 14 15 Ret 15 18 15 DNS 16 Ret 9
29   Alessandro Antonello Aprilia 19 Ret 13 12 DNS 19 17 15 8
30   Massimo Ottobre Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 17 11 18 15 6
31   José Luis Cardoso Aprilia Ret Ret 23 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 3
32   Christophe Cogan Honda Ret 20 25 Ret 28 21 16 17 14 19 20 20 Ret 18 Ret 2
33   Christian Boudinot Aprilia Ret Ret Ret Ret 25 Ret Ret 16 18 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
34   Marcus Payten Honda 19 14 2
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

125cc riders' standings[6]Edit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
1   Haruchika Aoki Honda 2 2 2 1 2 7 3 3 8 NC 6 NC 5 1 2 220
2   Masaki Tokudome Aprilia 4 1 1 6 14 NC NC 1 2 4 13 1 Ret 3 3 193
3   Tomomi Manako Honda 7 7 4 8 9 2 5 8 3 8 3 6 1 NC 9 167
4   Emilio Alzamora Honda 5 NC NC 2 7 3 1 4 NC NC 5 2 4 2 NC 158
5   Jorge Martínez Aprilia NC 5 8 NC 13 NC 9 7 4 6 2 3 8 4 4 131
6   Stefano Perugini Aprilia 1 8 12 7 NC 1 13 2 1 NC 14 NC 9 NC 128
7   Noboru Ueda Honda 9 6 3 3 12 4 4 12 6 11 NC 11 11 6 8 126
8   Kazuto Sakata Aprilia 10 14 Ret 5 3 8 7 11 5 9 4 12 3 11 Ret 113
9   Valentino Rossi Aprilia 6 11 11 4 4 Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 1 5 Ret Ret 14 111
10   Ivan Goi Honda 16 13 19 10 8 12 2 10 12 1 9 7 9 15 5 110
11   Peter Öttl Aprilia 3 3 NC 11 1 NC 6 11 5 7 NC NC 97
12   Garry McCoy Aprilia 12 Ret Ret Ret 20 9 18 Ret 14 Ret 11 4 2 5 1 87
13   Dirk Raudies Honda NC 4 NC 13 NC 6 6 16 NC 2 10 14 10 10 11 81
14   Yoshiaki Katoh Yamaha NC NC NC 9 16 5 NC 18 7 16 12 8 7 12 7 61
15   Lucio Cecchinello Honda NC 12 7 NC 6 Ret NC 14 9 18 8 NC Ret 7 6 59
16   Manfred Geissler Aprilia NC NC 5 12 10 11 8 9 20 10 16 9 NC 16 NC 54
17   Akira Saito Honda 8 9 NC 24 5 10 16 19 NC 12 15 16 Ret 17 10 43
18   Youichi Ui Yamaha Ret Ret 17 18 15 14 Ret 10 7 Ret Ret 6 8 36
19   Frédéric Petit Honda 11 15 20 18 NC 13 11 15 NC 15 18 10 NC 14 12 28
20   Herri Torrontegui Honda 20 NC 14 10 21 15 13 19 15 12 NC 15 18
21   Andrea Ballerini Aprilia 13 10 17 19 11 NC NC NC 19 NC NC 20 14
22   Darren Barton Aprilia NC 16 9 14 22 NC NC NC 13 NC NC 18 NC 12
23   Jaroslav Hules Honda 14 17 14 22 15 NC NC 17 18 17 17 13 13 15 NC 12
24   Masao Azuma Honda 6 10
25   Josep Sarda Honda 19 19 16 16 17 NC NC 13 NC 14 NC NC 13 8
26   Shigeru Ibaraki Yamaha 10 6
27   Loek Bodelier Honda 18 NC 21 NC 17 12 NC NC 20 24 NC NC Ret NC 4
28   Paolo Tessari Honda 15 18 13 NC 16 17 20 17 NC 20 17 4
29   Luigi Ancona Aprilia 23 18 13 3
30   Mirko Giansanti Honda NC 14 NC 16 2
31   Gabriele Debbia Yamaha NC NC NC 23 21 18 15 NC 16 NC 23 21 15 19 17 2
32   Shinichi Sugaya Honda 15 1
33   Jose Ramon Ramirez Yamaha NC 15 NC 1
Pos Rider Bike MAL
 
INA
 
JPN
 
ESP
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
GBR
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
IMO
 
CAT
 
RIO
 
AUS
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

ReferencesEdit

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  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06.
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  4. ^ "motogp.com · 500cc World Standing 1996". www.motogp.com.
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