Australian MotoGP 1989, Phillip Island Through the lens of Phil Aynsley
This was my, and I suspect most Aussie’s, first experience of what a Grand Prix was like. And gee it was good!
Randy Mamola at his crowd pleasing best on the Cagiva C589.
Wayne Garner down in practice
Wayne Garner is less than impressed after Michael Rudroff collects him during practice.
Freddie Spencer Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer on his Yamaha YZR500.
Haslam and Schwantz
Pepsi Suzuki team mates Ron Haslam and Kevin Schwantz.
Schwantz on the Suzuki Schwantz on the Suzuki
Kevin Schwantz on the Suzuki RGV500.
Ron Haslam and the Suzuki RGV500.
Niall Mackenzie Niall Mackenzie
Niall Mackenzie and the Yamaha YZR500.
Randy Mamola Randy Mamola Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola on the Cagiva C589 machine.
Wayne Rainey Wayne Rainey
Wayne Rainey on his Yamaha YZR500.
Marco Gentile on the Fior C89.
Bubba Shobert and the Honda NSR500.
Wayne Gardner representing Australia on the Honda NSR500.
Fellow Aussie Kevin Magee was another crowd favourite on the Yamaha YZR500.
Good odds for Gardner
The crowd clearly favours Gardner over Lawson.
Gardner led a race long battle Magee was also in the mix throughout
The race-long battle between Gardner, Rainey, Sarron and Magee. They finished in that order.
Niall Mackenzie crashes out.
Christian Sarron and his Yamaha YZR500.
Kevin Magee on the Yamaha YZR500, he would finish fourth.
Wayne Gardner celebrating his win
Wayne Gardner and the Honda NSR500. Quite possibly the first time a flag carrying victory lap was seen in a 500cc GP.