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1992 Grand Prix season

The 1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 44th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary

1992 was a year marked by injuries to several riders, most notably Mick Doohan. The Rothmans Honda rider had won five of the first seven races and seemed ready to win his first championship when he suffered a severely broken leg during practice at Assen. Wayne Rainey began the season struggling with fitness because of the broken femur suffered at the end of the 1991 season. He missed the Assen round from a heavy crash suffered at the previous round in Germany. Suzuki's Kevin Schwantz suffered through another injury-riddled year but managed to win in Italy. Wayne Gardner missed the first 6 rounds from a broken leg at Suzuka and another crash in Italy. Eddie Lawson gave Cagiva their first Grand Prix victory with a win in Hungary. Rookie Àlex Crivillé won his first 500 cc race at Assen. In the end, Yamaha's Rainey persevered for his third consecutive World Championship.

During 1992 Rainey created the International Motorcycle Racers’ Association (IMRA) to pressure track organizers for safety improvements. Michelin came back from a semi-withdrawal and supplied tires to the Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha teams. The points system was revised to award points to the top 10 finishers only, instead of the top 15.

The factory Honda riders debuted the "big bang" engine, with the NSR500, where the firing order of the cylinders made the power come out in pulses. The benefit to this was in traction, allowing the tires to adhere between pulses, rather than spin because of the two-stroke 500’s peaky powerband. Yamaha came up with their own version for the 9th round and Suzuki had it available by mid-season, though Schwantz didn't use it initially. The "big bang" concept is still used in today's four-stroke MotoGP bikes.

In the 250 class, Honda's Luca Cadalora won his second consecutive title, fending off a challenge from Aprilia riders Loris Reggiani and Pier-Francesco Chili. Newcomer Max Biaggi would win his first Grand Prix in South Africa. Aprilia would win their first world championship in the 125 class with Alessandro Gramigni defeating Honda's Fausto Gresini.

The calendar was shortened to 13 rounds, with the United States, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria losing their races. The South African Grand Prix was added and the European Grand Prix continued for another year. Notable retirements in 1992 included former 250 champion, Carlos Lavado, former 500 champion Wayne Gardner and four-time champion Eddie Lawson.

1992 Season review

RoundRaceLocation125cc winner250cc winner500cc winnerReport
1JapanJapanese Grand PrixSuzukaGermanyRalf WaldmannItalyLuca CadaloraAustraliaMick DoohanReport
2AustraliaAustralian Grand PrixEastern CreekGermanyRalf WaldmannItalyLuca CadaloraAustraliaMick DoohanReport
3MalaysiaMalaysian Grand PrixShah AlamItalyAlessandro GramigniItalyLuca CadaloraAustraliaMick DoohanReport
4SpainSpanish Grand PrixJerezGermanyRalf WaldmannItalyLoris ReggianiAustraliaMick DoohanReport
5ItalyItalian Grand PrixMugelloItalyEzio GianolaItalyLuca CadaloraUSKevin SchwantzReport
6EuropeEuropean Grand PrixCatalunyaItalyEzio GianolaItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
7GermanyGerman Grand PrixHockenheimItalyBruno CasanovaItalyPierfrancesco ChiliAustraliaMick DoohanReport
8NetherlandsDutch TTAssenItalyEzio GianolaItalyPierfrancesco ChiliSpainÀlex CrivilléReport
9HungaryHungarian Grand PrixHungaroringItalyAlessandro GramigniItalyLuca CadaloraUSEddie LawsonReport
10FranceFrench Grand PrixMagny-CoursItalyEzio GianolaItalyLoris ReggianiUSWayne RaineyReport
11UKBritish Grand PrixDoningtonItalyFausto GresiniItalyPierfrancesco ChiliAustraliaWayne GardnerReport
12BrazilBrazilian Grand PrixInterlagosGermanyDirk RaudiesItalyLuca CadaloraUSWayne RaineyReport
13South AfricaSouth African Grand PrixKyalamiSpainJorge MartínezItalyMax BiaggiUSJohn KocinskiReport

Final standings

500cc standings

1USWayne Rainey1United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5001403
2AustraliaMichael Doohan2AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR5001365
3USJohn Kocinski4United StatesMarlboro-YamahaYZR5001021
4USKevin Schwantz34United StatesLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV500991
5USDoug Chandler10United StatesLucky Strike-SuzukiRGV500940
6AustraliaWayne Gardner5AustraliaRothmans-HondaNSR500781
7SpainJuan Garriga6SpainDucados-YamahaYZR500610
8SpainÀlex Crivillé28SpainCampsa-HondaNSR500591
9USEddie Lawson7United StatesCagivaGP500561
10USRandy Mamola8United StatesBudweiser-YamahaYZR500450

250cc standings

1ItalyLuca Cadalora1ItalyRothmans-HondaNSR2502037
2ItalyLoris Reggiani13ItalyUnlimited Jeans-ApriliaRSV2501592
3ItalyPierfrancesco Chili7ItalyTelkor Valesi-ApriliaRSV2501193
4GermanyHelmut Bradl2GermanyHB-Honda GermanyNSR250890
5ItalyMax Biaggi29ItalyTelkor Valesi-ApriliaRSV250781
6SpainAlberto Puig16SpainDucados-ApriliaRSV250710
7GermanyJochen Schmid8GermanyMitsui-YamahaYZR250580
8SpainCarlos Cardús3SpainRepsol-HondaNSR250480
9JapanMasahiro Shimizu5JapanHero Sports-HondaNSR250460
10ItalyDoriano Romboni15ItalyHB-Honda ItalyNSR250430

125cc standings

1ItalyAlessandro Gramigni7ItalyAprilia1342
2ItalyFausto Gresini2ItalyHonda1181
3GermanyRalf Waldmann3GermanyHonda1123
4ItalyEzio GianolaItalyHonda1054
5ItalyBruno CasanovaItalyAprilia961
6GermanyDirk Raudies8GermanyHonda911
7SpainJorge MartínezSpainHonda831
8ItalyGabriele Debbia4ItalyHonda580
9JapanNoboru Ueda5JapanHonda570
10JapanNoboyuki Wakai10JapanHonda520