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1990 Grand Prix season

The 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 42nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary

1990 marked the beginning of the Rainey era with the Marlboro-Yamaha rider taking 7 wins and scoring points in every race but Hungary after he had already clinched the championship. Rainey's teammate was 1989 champion Eddie Lawson, but he was unable to defend his championship after breaking his left ankle in the first round and then severely shattering his right ankle the following round at Laguna Seca. Rainey on having Lawson as a teammate: "I just wanted to devastate Eddie. I don’t think he was ready for a team-mate like me. Maybe he thought he could control me, but at that stage I was past being controlled." Rainey switched from Dunlop to Michelin tires this year.

Kevin Schwantz continued to win on his Suzuki but just as often he would crash. Australian Mick Doohan would win his first Grand Prix for Honda at the Hungaroring.

The 1990 season continued the trend of crashes as riders tried to cope with the harsh power output of the V4 two-strokes. Honda put forth a proposition limiting the top class to 375cc and 3 cylinders, but that never caught on. Still, with 500cc lap times becoming stagnant, it was clear that something needed to be done.

Newcomer John Kocinski took the 250 title for Kenny Roberts' Marlboro-Yamaha squad after a tight points battle with Carlos Cardús. Seventeen year old Loris Capirossi became the youngest-ever world champion when he claimed the 125 crown for Honda.

Grands Prix

RoundRaceLocation125cc winner250cc winner500cc winnerReport
1JapanJapanese Grand PrixSuzukaNetherlandsHans SpaanItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
2USUnited States Grand PrixLaguna SecaNo raceUSJohn KocinskiUSWayne RaineyReport
3SpainSpanish Grand PrixJerezSpainJorge MartínezUSJohn KocinskiAustraliaWayne GardnerReport
4ItalyNations Grand PrixMisanoSpainJorge MartínezUSJohn KocinskiUSWayne RaineyReport
5GermanyGerman Grand PrixNürburgringItalyDoriano RomboniNetherlands Wilco ZeelenbergUSKevin SchwantzReport
6AustriaAustrian Grand PrixSalzburgringSpainJorge MartínezItalyLuca CadaloraUSKevin SchwantzReport
7YugoslaviaYugoslavian Grand PrixRijekaGermanyStefan PreinSpainCarlos CardúsUSWayne RaineyReport
8NetherlandsDutch TTAssenItalyDoriano RomboniUSJohn KocinskiUSKevin SchwantzReport
9BelgiumBelgian Grand PrixSpaNetherlandsHans SpaanUSJohn KocinskiUSWayne RaineyReport
10FranceFrench Grand PrixLe MansNetherlandsHans SpaanSpainCarlos CardúsUSKevin SchwantzReport
11UKBritish Grand PrixDoningtonItalyLoris CapirossiItalyLuca CadaloraUSKevin SchwantzReport
12SwedenSwedish Grand PrixAnderstorpNetherlandsHans SpaanSpainCarlos CardúsUSWayne RaineyReport
13Czech RepublicCzechoslovakian Grand PrixBrnoNetherlandsHans SpaanSpainCarlos CardúsUSWayne RaineyReport
14HungaryHungarian Grand PrixHungaroringItalyLoris CapirossiUSJohn KocinskiAustraliaMick DoohanReport
15AustraliaAustralian Grand PrixPhillip IslandItalyLoris CapirossiUSJohn KocinskiAustraliaWayne GardnerReport

Final standings

500cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryTeamMachinePointsWins
1USWayne Rainey2United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5002557
2USKevin Schwantz34United StatesLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV5001885
3AustraliaMichael Doohan9AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR5001791
4UKNiall Mackenzie5United KingdomLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV5001400
5AustraliaWayne Gardner10AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR5001382
6SpainJuan Garriga11SpainDucados-YamahaYZR5001210
7USEddie Lawson1United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5001180
8FranceJean-Philippe Ruggia14FranceGauloises-YamahaYZR5001100
9FranceChristian Sarron3FranceGauloises-YamahaYZR500840
10SpainSito Pons6SpainCampsa-HondaNSR500760

250cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryTeamMachinePointsWins
1USJohn Kocinski19United StatesMarlboro-Yamaha RobertsYZR2502237
2SpainCarlos Cardús4SpainRepsol-HondaNSR2502084
3ItalyLuca Cadalora5ItalyMarlboro-Yamaha AgostiniYZR2501843
4GermanyHelmut Bradl9GermanyHB-HondaNSR2501500
5NetherlandsWilco Zeelenberg14NetherlandsSharp-Samson HondaNSR2501271
6GermanyMartin Wimmer10GermanyHein Gericke ApriliaRS2501180
7JapanMasahiro Shimizu6JapanAjinomoto-HondaNSR2501000
8GermanyJochen Schmid16GermanyHB-HondaNSR250920
9SwitzerlandJacques Cornu3SwitzerlandLucky Strike-Elf HondaNSR250860
10FranceDominique Sarron8FranceRothmans-HondaNSR250780

125cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyLoris Capirossi65ItalyHonda1823
2NetherlandsHans Spaan2NetherlandsHonda1735
3GermanyStefan Prein7GermanyHonda1691
4ItalyDoriano RomboniItalyHonda1302
5GermanyDirk RaudiesGermanyHonda1130
6SpainJorge MartínezSpainDerbi1053
7ItalyFausto Gresini8ItalyHonda1020
8ItalyBruno Casanova4ItalyHonda970
9ItalyAlessandro GramigniItalyAprilia840
10SwitzerlandHeinz LüthiSwitzerlandHonda780

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