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1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Date  7 July 1990
Rider  Kevin Schwantz
Rider  Wayne Rainey
Location  Spa-Francorchamps
Time  2:23.264
1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Course  Permanent racing facility 7.004 km (4.352 mi)

The 1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix was the ninth round of the 1990 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 July 1990 at Spa-Francorchamps.

500 cc race report

Last year, Spa organizers ran three races because of rain, but it’s dry for qualifying, with Kevin Schwantz taking pole; Pierfrancesco Chili falls off at high-speed 6th-gear left-hander, breaking his arm.

Race day is wet, and as is often the case, Schwantz gets the pole but Wayne Rainey gets the start, ahead of Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, and Wayne Gardner.

Race order becomes Rainey, Lawson, Christian Sarron, Schwantz, Doohan, Randy Mamola, Gardner and Jean-Philippe Ruggia.

Rainey opens up a gap to Lawson, then a small gap to a group of Schwantz, Sarron and Mamola. Mamola gets a wriggle on and passes Sarron and Schwantz.

Schwantz is stuck in place, while Mamola and Ruggia leave him behind and catch up to Lawson. When Mamola shows Lawson a front wheel, Lawson fights back and keeps him behind. Mamola makes a mistake and falls out of third place, leaving Ruggia to battle with Lawson for second place. Ruggia soon leaves Lawson behind and starts to close the gap to Rainey, but it’s too much. Schwantz finishes in 7th.

References

1990 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix Wikipedia


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