1993 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
|Race 12 of 14 races in the
1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
|Date||5 September 1993|
|Location||Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica|
500 cc race report
Luca Cadalora received his first pole of the season at his home race, sending the Italian press into a frenzy. He managed 7 more poles in his 500 career. Cadalora got lead at the start from Wayne Rainey and John Kocinski. Kevin Schwantz passed Kocinski and he closed in 3rd. Rainey rode aggressively, qualified .021 seconds behind Cadalora.
Rainey, in the lead, went through the fast right-hander and got on the gas too early. The back end of his bike went out of control, causing him to lowside. As he slid off the track, the deep furrows in the gravel somersaulted him end-over-end and he landed heavily on his head. He was helicoptered away from circuit with a broken spine.
“I laid there in the sandtrap. The pain I was feeling was ... unbelievable. It felt like there was a hole in the middle of my chest.”— 
Mick Doohan got past Schwantz to catch Cadalora, but was unable to pass him. The Italian fans swarm the track when Cadalora won.
That was the last race of the former champion Freddie Spencer.
After the race
Tad Pilati of the Roberts team said of Rainey:
“There’s no feeling from the center of his chest down. He’s being held at a hospital near Rimini. He’s in stable condition, and the next 48 hours are going to tell us everything.”— 
Rainey would be paralysed from the chest down, and never walk again. He stayed in motorcycle racing in management roles, and has raced in a hand-control shifter kart, often with his motorcycle racing rival Eddie Lawson. Rainey has raced the shifter kart exhibition race held at Red Bull United States Grand Prix, which features motorcycle racing legends.
Grand Prix motorcycle racing did not return to Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli until 2007, which had been modified and the circuit rerouted clockwise.
500 cc classification
|9||Niall Mackenzie||ROC Yamaha||+50.727||7|
|11||John Reynolds||Harris Yamaha||+1:15.487||5|
|12||Juan Lopez Mella||ROC Yamaha||+1:22.459||4|
|15||Michael Rudroff||Harris Yamaha||+1:39.303||1|
|16||José Kuhn||Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|17||Lucio Pedercini||ROC Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|18||Andrew Stroud||Harris Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|19||Jeremy McWilliams||Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|20||Renato Colleoni||ROC Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|21||Laurent Naveau||ROC Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|22||David Jefferies||Harris Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|23||Tsutomu Udagawa||ROC Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|24||Andreas Meklau||ROC Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|25||Bruno Bonhuil||ROC Yamaha||+2 Laps|
|26||Romolo Balbi||ROC Yamaha||+2 Laps|
|Ret||Sean Emmett||Harris Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Serge David||ROC Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Aldeo Presciutti||ROC Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Cees Doorakkers||Harris Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Marco Papa||Harris Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Kevin Mitchell||Harris Yamaha||Retirement|
|Ret||Thierry Crine||ROC Yamaha||Retirement|
250 cc classification
- Scott, Michael. Wayne Rainey: His Own Story. Page 186. Sparkford: Haynes Publishing, 1997.
- Duke Video, “Bike 500 GP 1993 Review”. Videocassette.
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