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1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

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Date  April 16, 1989
Rider  Wayne Rainey
Rider  Wayne Gardner
Location  Laguna Seca
Time  1:27.120
1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix
Course  Permanent racing facility 3.602 km (2.238 mi)

The 1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1988 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of April 14–16, 1989 at Laguna Seca.

500 cc race report

At the front of the grid, it’s Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner, Kevin Magee and Christian Sarron. Eddie Lawson moves from 6th to 2nd in the first turn. Rainey begins to pull away, with Lawson and Schwantz getting into a scrap that leads Lawson into making a mistake on the entry to the Corkscrew, pushing him back into the group of Gardner, Magee and Sarron.

Gardner crashes out, breaking his leg. Lawson fights his way past Magee on the last lap, making it an all-American podium with Rainey and Schwantz in first and second place.

In the cool-down lap, Bubba Shobert and Kevin Magee collide; Shobert has serious head injuries that end his racing career, and Magee has a broken ankle. With Magee and Gardner both injured, Wayne Rainey’s lead in the standings can be threatened by Lawson getting the Honda set-up properly or Schwantz avoiding DNFs.

References

1989 United States motorcycle Grand Prix Wikipedia


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