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1991 Grand Prix season
1991 Grand Prix season
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The 1991 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 43rd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary

The beginning of the 1990s marked a golden age for Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The rivalry between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz was in full flow while Mick Doohan started to come into his own. Eddie Lawson had switched to Cagiva and started to have some respectable results. In a one year quirk, only 13 races counted. Competitors were allowed to drop their two worst scores. The Yugoslavia round was dropped because of the civil war and replaced with a Grand Prix of Europe at Jarama. The Brazilian round was also dropped at the last minute over track safety concerns and replaced with a race held at Le Mans. The inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix was held at Shah Alam.

For the 1991 season, Michelin decided to supply only the Rothmans Honda team with tires; everybody else used Dunlops.

Luca Cadalora won the 250 title in a dominating fashion with eight wins. In the 125 class, Italian teenager Loris Capirossi swept to the title for the second consecutive year.

1991 500cc Season review

RoundRaceLocation125cc winner250cc winner500cc winnerReport
1JapanJapanese Grand PrixSuzukaJapanNoboru UedaItalyLuca CadaloraUSKevin SchwantzReport
2AustraliaAustralian Grand PrixEastern CreekItalyLoris CapirossiItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
3USUnited States Grand PrixLaguna Secano raceItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
4SpainSpanish Grand PrixJerezJapanNoboru UedaGermanyHelmut BradlAustraliaMick DoohanReport
5ItalyItalian Grand PrixMisanoItalyFausto GresiniItalyLuca CadaloraAustraliaMick DoohanReport
6GermanyGerman Grand PrixHockenheimGermanyRalf WaldmannGermanyHelmut BradlUSKevin SchwantzReport
7AustriaAustrian Grand PrixSalzburgringItalyFausto GresiniGermanyHelmut BradlAustraliaMick DoohanReport
8EuropeEuropean Grand PrixJaramaItaly Loris CapirossiItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
9NetherlandsDutch TTAssenGermanyRalf WaldmannItalyPierfrancesco ChiliUSKevin SchwantzReport
10FranceFrench Grand PrixPaul RicardItalyLoris CapirossiItalyLoris ReggianiUSWayne RaineyReport
11UKBritish Grand PrixDoningtonItalyLoris CapirossiItalyLuca CadaloraUSKevin SchwantzReport
12San MarinoSan Marino Grand PrixMugelloGermanyPeter ÖttlItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
13Czech RepublicCzechoslovakian Grand PrixBrnoItalyAlessandro GramigniGermanyHelmut BradlUSWayne RaineyReport
14EuropeVitesse du Mans Grand PrixLe Mansno raceGermanyHelmut BradlUSKevin SchwantzReport
15MalaysiaMalaysian Grand PrixShah AlamItalyLoris CapirossiItalyLuca CadaloraUSJohn KocinskiReport

Final standings

500cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryTeamMachinePointsWins
1USWayne Rainey1United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5002336
2AustraliaMichael Doohan3AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR5002243
3USKevin Schwantz34United StatesLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV5002045
4USJohn Kocinski19United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5001611
5AustraliaWayne Gardner5AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR5001610
6USEddie Lawson7United StatesCagivaGP5001260
7SpainJuan Garriga6SpainDucados-YamahaYZR5001210
8BelgiumDidier de Radiguès27BelgiumLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV5001050
9USDoug Chandler21United StatesYamahaYZR500850
10FranceJean-Philippe Ruggia8FranceGauloises-YamahaYZR500780

250cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberTeamMachinePointsWins
1ItalyLuca Cadalora3Rothmans-HondaNSR2502378
2GermanyHelmut Bradl4HB-HondaNSR2502205
3SpainCarlos Cardús2Repsol-HondaNSR2502050
4NetherlandsWilco Zeelenberg5Sharp Samson Bieffe-HondaNSR2501580
5JapanMasahiro Shimizu7Ajinomoto-HondaNSR2501420
6ItalyLoris Reggiani13ApriliaRSV2501281
7Italy Pierfrancesco Chili9Iberna Valesi-ApriliaRSV2501071
8GermanyJochen Schmid8Schuh Zwafink-HondaRS250960
9GermanyMartin Wimmer6Lucky Strike-SuzukiRGV250890
10ItalyPaolo Casoli17Agostini-YamahaTZ250650

125cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyLoris Capirossi1ItalyHonda2005
2ItalyFausto Gresini8ItalyHonda1812
3GermanyRalf Waldmann23GermanyHonda1412
4ItalyGabriele Debbia12ItalyAprilia1110
5Japan Noboru UedaJapanHonda1052
6SpainJorge Martínez6SpainCobas990
7ItalyAlessandro Gramigni9ItalyAprilia901
8GermanyDirk Raudies5GermanyHonda810
9GermanyPeter ÖttlGermanyRotax671
10JapanNoboyuki WakaiJapanHonda600

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