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1996 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix

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Date  12 May 1996
Rider  Mick Doohan
Rider  Luca Cadalora
Location  Jerez
Time  1:43.866
1996 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix
Course  Permanent racing facility 4.423 km (2.748 mi)

The 1996 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 12 May 1996 at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez.

Going into the final lap of the race, local hero Àlex Crivillé led his Repsol Honda team mate Mick Doohan and Italian Luca Cadalora. In a complete lack of security by track officials, many fans had jumped the fence and were lining the last third of the circuit to cheer Crivillé home. The Spaniard was forced to slow slightly through the crowd which allowed Doohan to close up (the gap was less than a second between them at the start of the final lap). Taking advantage, Doohan was able to dive under Crivillé going into the final turn. Seeking to regain the advantage, Crivillé throttled too early in the hairpin leading onto the pit straight, high-sided over his Honda and ended up in the gravel trap and not finishing the race.

Doohan won his second Grand Prix of the season from Cadalora and his other Repsol Honda team mate Tadayuki Okada. After looking to have the race won before Crivillé's crash, the first Spanish rider home was Alberto Puig in 5th place.

References

1996 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Wikipedia


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