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1988 British Grand Prix

The 1988 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 5 -August 7, 1988 at Donington Park.

500 cc race report

The front row: Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Christian Sarron, Niall Mackenzie and Wayne Rainey.

Rainey and Mackenzie get a good launch, and through the first turn it’s Rainey and he’s opening a gap the field. Rainey is using carbon fiber brakes for the first time, which had only been tested and not raced on.

Kevin Schwantz is in around 8th place and tries to pass two or three riders simultaneously at the chicane, but crashes into Ron Haslam and causes a bottleneck. Haslam struggles to get out of the gravel and back into the race, and Schwantz is out with a broken kneecap. Marco Papa highsides out of the race.

Finishing the first lap it’s Rainey, then a gap to Gardner, Sarron, and Mackenzie. Randy Mamola and Norihiko Fujiwara come together at the hairpin, but stay up.

Rainey is maintaining a gap, and Gardner makes a mistake at the chicane and lets Sarron and Mackenzie through, but he’s soon back to 2nd. Mamola is sliding the rear and waving to the crowd.

On the last lap, McElnea highsides coming out of the chicane.

Rainey wins his first premier-class GP.

500cc classification

1USWayne RaineyYamaha49:33.67020
2AustraliaWayne GardnerHonda+6.97017
3FranceChristian SarronYamaha+8.78015
4UKNiall MackenzieHonda+11.84013
5AustraliaKevin MageeYamaha+36.75011
6USEddie LawsonYamaha+40.97010
7BelgiumDidier de RadiguèsYamaha+51.3609
8ItalyPierfrancesco ChiliHonda+51.8108
9UKRoger BurnettHonda+52.3907
10JapanTadahiko TairaYamaha+1:21.8406
11USRandy MamolaCagiva+1:32.4505
12JapanNorihiko FujiwaraYamaha+1 Lap4
13USMike BaldwinHonda+1 Lap3
14UKRon HaslamElf Honda+1 Lap2
15ItalyFabio BiliottiHonda+1 Lap1
16FrancePatrick IgoaYamaha+1 Lap
17IrelandEddie LaycockHonda+1 Lap
18San MarinoFabio BarchittaHonda+1 Lap
19SpainDaniel AmatriainHonda+1 Lap
20SwitzerlandMarco GentileFior+1 Lap
21UKDave LeachSuzuki+1 Lap
22NetherlandsMaarten DuyzersHonda+1 Lap
23UKDamon BuckmasterHonda+1 Lap
24NetherlandsKees vd EndtHonda+1 Lap
25SwitzerlandNicholas SchmassmanHonda+1 Lap
RetLuxembourgAndreas LeutheSuzukiRetirement
RetFranceRachel NicotteHondaRetirement
RetUKDarren DixonSuzukiRetirement
RetSwitzerlandBruno KneubuhlerHondaRetirement
RetUKRob McElneaSuzukiRetirement
RetSwitzerlandWolfgang von MuraltSuzukiRetirement
RetItalyAlessandro ValesiHondaRetirement
RetFranceRaymond RocheCagivaRetirement
RetUKSteve SpraySuzukiRetirement
RetUSKevin SchwantzSuzukiRetirement
RetItalyMarco PapaHondaRetirement
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