The race is best remembered for that fateful first corner collision between Senna and Prost, the second consecutive year the two had collided at this race with heavy championship repercussions. It immediately put both cars out of the race and secured for Senna his second World Championship.
Nelson Piquet and his young protege Roberto Moreno finished first and second in their Benetton B190s. It was back to back wins for Benetton in Japan after the team's debut F1 win the previous year. Japanese driver Aguri Suzuki scored a career best result for himself and the Larrousse team, finishing third in his Lola LC90 in the only podium driver and team would ever achieve.