1990 FIM Diesel Jeans Superbike World Championship

For its 3rd season the Superbike World Championship found a new sponsor, a new promoter and enough potential riders that the FIM introduced results-based grading lists for each country's participants. Now splitting its competitor base with the new European Championship, the World Championship grids were smaller but stronger than ever. From the opening round it was clear who the title contenders were, but the promise of a title fight was dampened by injuries; a near-fatal practice crash at the Österreichring eliminated Ducati's new recruit Giancarlo Falappa and reigning champion Fred Merkel's campaign for a 3rd title were quashed by a hand injury picked up at the Suzuka 8 Hours. An impressive run of form from Yamaha's Fabrizio Pirovano earned him 2nd place in the standings but from mid-season Raymond Roche never looked in doubt as the champion. He was crowned at Manfeild in November despite an engine failure in the last race of the year.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1990-03-181Spain JerezWorld Superbike Spanish RoundGO!
1990-04-162Great Britain Donington ParkWorld Superbike British RoundGO!
1990-04-303Hungary HungaroringWorld Superbike Hungarian RoundGO!
1990-05-064Germany HockenheimWorld Superbike German RoundGO!
1990-05-20Brazil InterlagosCancelled due to circuit safety improvements not being completed in time.
1990-06-035Canada MosportWorld Superbike Canadian RoundGO!
1990-06-106USA BrainerdWorld Superbike United States RoundGO!
1990-07-017Austria ÖsterreichringWorld Superbike Austrian RoundGO!
1990-08-268Japan SugoWorld Superbike Japanese RoundGO!
1990-09-099France Le MansWorld Superbike French RoundGO!
1990-10-0710Italy MonzaWorld Superbike Italian RoundGO!
1990-11-0411Malaysia Shah AlamWorld Superbike Malaysian RoundGO!
1990-11-1112Australia Phillip IslandWorld Superbike Australian RoundGO!
1990-11-1813New Zealand ManfeildWorld Superbike New Zealand RoundGO!

Can You Help?

The following official data is currently missing:

1990-03-18 Jerez: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1990-04-16 Donington Park: Free Practice - Group A, Free Practice - Group B, Warm-Up

1990-04-30 Hungaroring: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-05-06 Hockenheim: Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-06-03 Mosport: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-06-10 Brainerd: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-07-01 Österreichring: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Wet Warm-Up

1990-08-26 Sugo: Free Practice, Qualifying 1 - Group A, Qualifying 1 - Group B, Qualifying 2 - Group A, Qualifying 2 - Group B, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-09-09 Le Mans: Free Practice, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-10-07 Monza: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-11-04 Shah Alam: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1990-11-11 Phillip Island: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

1990-11-18 Manfeild: Free Practice, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!