First full-fledged data memory device introduced
The biggest technical advance of the 0WA8 was the introduction of a high-tech system to record detailed settings for the running conditions of the machine throughout a run. With its ability to record data about engine rpm, bike speed, suspension stroke, steering angle during turns, combustion chamber temperature and detonation, this system provided accurate numerical information that could be shared by the engineers, mechanics, developers and riders to clearly grasp performance and help in determining directions for settings. After winning his third championship title in 1988, W. Rainey rode this machine to finish the season ranked 2nd in the GP500, followed by C. Sarron in 3rd. In the All Japan Championships, N. Fujiwara grabbed his third consecutive season title on this machine.
- Capacity - 499cc
- Max Power - 153PS
1st: 3 Wayne Rainey Team Lucky-Strike Roberts USA, West Germany, The Netherlands