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1989 British Grand Prix
1989 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 races in the
1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.
Donnington Park
Date6 August 1989
LocationDonington Park
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.5 mi / 4.023 km
Pole positionFastest lap
USKevin SchwantzUSEddie Lawson
1. USKevin Schwantz
2. USEddie Lawson3. USWayne Rainey
Pole positionFastest lap
ItalyLuca CadaloraSpainSito Pons
1. SpainSito Pons
2. GermanyReinhold Roth3. JapanMasahiro Shimizu
Pole positionFastest lap
NetherlandsHans SpaanNetherlandsHans Spaan
1. NetherlandsHans Spaan
2. SpainÀlex Crivillé3. ItalyEzio Gianola

The 1989 British motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 4 -August 6, 1989 at Donington Park.

500 cc race report

Luca Cadalora is brought in to replace Freddie Spencer, who’s been released by team manager Giacomo Agostini.

In the first lap Wayne Rainey’s in front of a group of 4 riders, with Kevin Schwantz, Christian Sarron and Eddie Lawson. Rainey and Schwantz trade the lead, while Niall Mackenzie comes up from behind. Mackenzie is having a good day, as he passes Lawson and Rainey to move into second behind Schwantz. Mackenzie takes the lead for half a lap, but Schwantz gets it back at the chicane, and soon Lawson passes him as well. Wayne Gardner retires with a mechanical.

Rainey passes Mackenzie, but Schwantz and Lawson have gotten far ahead. Schwantz takes the win from Lawson by a few bike lengths, and Rainey comes in third. With 3 rounds to go, Lawson is less than 7 points away from Rainey with 60 points still to be decided.

500cc classification

1USKevin SchwantzSuzuki47:45.67020
2USEddie LawsonHonda+0.97017
3USWayne RaineyYamaha+8.60015
4UKNiall MackenzieYamaha+10.94013
5FranceChristian SarronYamaha+28.31011
6AustraliaKevin MageeYamaha+38.49010
7UKRon HaslamSuzuki+47.3609
8ItalyLuca CadaloraYamaha+51.7708
9ItalyPierfrancesco ChiliHonda+1:27.7107
10UKRob McElneaHonda+1 Lap6
11USFred MerkelHonda+1 Lap5
12UKRoger BurnettHonda+1 Lap4
13SwitzerlandMarco GentileFior+1 Lap3
14ItalyFabio BiliottiHonda+1 Lap2
15UKDamon BuckmasterHonda+1 Lap1
16ItalyMarco PapaPaton+2 Laps
17New ZealandRobert HoldenHonda+2 Laps
18SwitzerlandBruno KneubuhlerHonda+2 Laps
19FranceClaude AlbertSuzuki+2 Laps
20LuxembourgAndreas LeutheSuzuki+2 Laps
21AustriaJosef DopplerHonda+2 Laps
22SpainFrancisco GonzalesHonda+2 Laps
23USPeter GravesHonda+2 Laps
RetUKIan PrattSuzukiRetirement
RetAustraliaWayne GardnerHondaRetirement
RetUKMark PhillipsSuzukiRetirement
RetFranceDominique SarronHondaRetirement
RetSwitzerlandNicholas SchmassmanHondaRetirement
RetFranceRachel NicotteChevallier YamahaRetirement
RetSpainJuan Lopez MellaHondaRetirement
RetNetherlandsCees DoorakkersHondaRetirement
RetUKJohn MosseySuzukiRetirement
RetUKAndy McGladderyHondaRetirement
RetUKDavid CramptonSuzukiRetirement
RetItalyAlessandro ValesiYamahaRetirement
RetUKAlan CarterHondaRetirement
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