1989 Alternate WSBK season

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1989 World Superbike Championship season
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The 1989 season was the Second season of the World Superbike Championship
Season
Races
Start date 1st-2nd April 1989
Start Event Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Round of Britain
End date 11th-12th September 1989
End Event Flag of Australia svg.png Round of Australia
Awards
Driver's Champion TBD
Constructor's Champion TBD
Seasons
Previous season Next season
1988 1990


The 1989 World Superbike Championship season was the second season of the World Superbike Championship, the highest level of FIM-Sanctioned, Highly modified production Motorcycle racing.

The inaugural World Superbike champion, Australian Mick Doohan, left the series to join Honda Racing Corporation's factory team in the 500cc World Championship, meaning a new champion will be crowned. The biggest news of the offseason sees British manufacturer Norton enter the series for the first time, using their Groundbreaking, Wankel Rotary-engined RCW588, with the FIM granting an exception for the Birmingham outfit, allowing them to use the engine.

They weren't the only new bike on the 1989 grid, however: Japanese brand Kawasaki will enter its radical ZXR-750, replacing the GPX750R used in 1988. Finally, all other manufacturers from 1988 came back with updates to their current models, with Yamaha, unsatisfied with their less than ideal 1988 season, equipping their FZR750R with a new engine rumoured to be among the most powerful on the grid. 1988 manufacturers champions Bimota, eager to defend their title, will equip their bikes with the new Yamaha powerplant.

Calendar

Championship Grands Prix

Event Track Date Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Team Manufacturer
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Round of Donington Donington Park 1-2 April 1 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 Flag of Hungary svg.png Round of Hungary Hungaroring 29-30 April 3 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 Flag of Germany svg.png Round of Germany Hockenheimring 7-8 May 5 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 Flag of Austria svg.png Round of Austria Österreichring 13-14 May 7 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 Flag of Canada svg.png Round of Canada Mosport Park 3-4 June 9 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 Flag of the United States svg.png Round of America Road America 17-18 June 11 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 Flag of Italy svg.png Round of Italy Imola 1-2 July 13 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
14 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 Flag of France svg.png Round of France Paul Ricard 22-23 July 15 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
16 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 Flag of Spain svg.png Round of Spain Jarama 29-30 July 17 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
18 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 Flag of Portugal svg.png Round of Portugal Estoril 5-6 August 19 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
20 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 Flag of Japan svg.png Round of Japan Sugo 26-27 August 21 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
22 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 Flag of Australia svg.png Round of Australia Oran Park 9-10 September 23 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
24 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


Teams and riders

All teams and riders used Michelin tyres

Team Bike # Rider Rounds
Flag of Germany svg.png Team Green Kawasaki Deutschland [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Kawasaki ZXR-750 20 Flag of Sweden svg.png Anders Andersson 1-4, 7-10
28 Flag of Germany svg.png Michael Galinski 1-4, 7-10
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png BP Harris Racing Team [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Yamaha FZR750R OW01 78 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Roger Burnett All
56 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Kevin Mitchell All
Flag of Italy svg.png Lucky Strike Fior [?] Flag of Italy svg.png Bimota YB4 88 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Giancarlo Falappa All
21 Flag of Italy svg.png Baldassarre Monti All
Flag of Italy svg.png Bimota Corse [?] Flag of Italy svg.png Bimota YB4 89 2 Flag of Italy svg.png Davide Tardozzi ALL
4 Flag of France svg.png Alex Vieira All
Flag of Japan svg.png Yoshimura Suzuki [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Suzuki GSX-R 750 89 23 Flag of the United States svg.png Doug Polen All
14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rob McElnea All
Flag of Italy svg.png Flor Bath Honda [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Honda VFR750R 88 81 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png violetta Cacciatorri All
32 Flag of Spain svg.png Zoè Ferrer All
Flag of Italy svg.png Team Rumi RCM [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Honda VFR750R 89 12 Flag of the United States svg.png Fred Merkel All
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Carl Fogarty ALL
Flag of the Netherlands svg.png De Kruiser De Ruyter [?] Flag of Italy svg.png Ducati 851 Strada 88 78 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Karel Vandroogenbroeck All
99 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Cees Dorakkers All
Flag of Malaysia svg.png/Flag of France svg.png Petronas Tech 3 Racing Group [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Yamaha FZR750 OW01 55 Flag of France svg.png Dominique Sarron All
Flag of Finland svg.png Uponor Pennanen Racing [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Suzuki GSX-R750 88 11 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Suhonen All
Flag of Switzerland svg.png Römer Racing [?] Flag of Italy svg.png Bimota YB4 88 24 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Nicholas Schmassmann All
83 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Andy McGladdery All
Flag of Italy svg.png Fast by Ferracci [?] Flag of Italy svg.png Ducati 851 Strada 89 21 Flag of France svg.png Raymond Roche All
6 Flag of Belgium svg.png Stéphane Mertens All
Flag of Australia svg.png Hardwick Racing [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Yamaha FZR750 OW01 19 Flag of Australia svg.png Malcom Campbell All
111 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Aaron Slight All
Flag of the United States svg.png Rob Muzzy Racing [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Kawasaki ZXR-750 8 Flag of the United States svg.png Doug Chandler All
10 Flag of Italy svg.png Fabrizio Pirovano All
Flag of Japan svg.png Moriwaki Engineering [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Honda VFR750R 89 15 Flag of the United States svg.png Bubba Shobert All
40 Flag of Japan svg.png Shinichi Itoh All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Crighton Engineering [?] Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Norton RCW588 27 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Terry Rymer All
62 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Dixon All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png BP Juniors [?] Flag of Japan svg.png Kawasaki GPX-R750 69 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Paul Iddon All