1993 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Italy  1993 Nations Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 14 races in the
1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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Date 5 September 1993
Location Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.060 km (2.523 mi)
500 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Luca Cadalora
Time 1:33.661
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Mick Doohan
Time 1:34.289
First Italy Luca Cadalora
Second Australia Mick Doohan
Third United States Kevin Schwantz
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Max Biaggi
Time 1:35.804
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Tetsuya Harada
Time 1:35.782
First France Jean-Philippe Ruggia
Second Italy Loris Capirossi
Third Italy Loris Reggiani
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Japan Kazuto Sakata
Time 1:40.784
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Dirk Raudies
Time 1:41.088
First Germany Dirk Raudies
Second Japan Kazuto Sakata
Third Germany Peter Öttl

The 1993 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix was the twelfth race of the 1993 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 5 September 1993 at the Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica.

500 cc race report[edit]

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.”

— [1]

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[edit]

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.”

— [2]

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[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha 45:59.165 25
2 Australia Mick Doohan Honda +0.358 20
3 United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki +8.016 16
4 United States John Kocinski Cagiva +16.299 13
5 Brazil Alex Barros Suzuki +42.135 11
6 Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda +42.422 10
7 Australia Daryl Beattie Honda +42.500 9
8 Japan Shinichi Itoh Honda +49.983 8
9 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie ROC Yamaha +50.727 7
10 United States Doug Chandler Cagiva +1:04.439 6
11 United Kingdom John Reynolds Harris Yamaha +1:15.487 5
12 Spain Juan Lopez Mella ROC Yamaha +1:22.459 4
13 France Bernard Garcia Yamaha +1:22.708 3
14 United States Freddie Spencer Yamaha +1:28.647 2
15 Germany Michael Rudroff Harris Yamaha +1:39.303 1
16 France José Kuhn Yamaha +1 Lap
17 Italy Lucio Pedercini ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
18 New Zealand Andrew Stroud Harris Yamaha +1 Lap
19 United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Italy Renato Colleoni ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
21 Belgium Laurent Naveau ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
22 United Kingdom David Jefferies Harris Yamaha +1 Lap
23 Japan Tsutomu Udagawa ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
24 Austria Andreas Meklau ROC Yamaha +1 Lap
25 France Bruno Bonhuil ROC Yamaha +2 Laps
26 Italy Romolo Balbi ROC Yamaha +2 Laps
Ret Australia Matthew Mladin Cagiva Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Sean Emmett Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret Switzerland Serge David ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Aldeo Presciutti ROC Yamaha Retirement
Ret Netherlands Cees Doorakkers Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Marco Papa Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell Harris Yamaha Retirement
Ret France Thierry Crine ROC Yamaha Retirement

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos Rider Manufacturer Time/Retired Points
1 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia 43:39.138 25
2 Italy Loris Capirossi Honda +10.425 20
3 Italy Loris Reggiani Aprilia +24.452 16
4 Germany Helmut Bradl Honda +25.596 13
5 Spain Alberto Puig Honda +25.638 11
6 Japan Nobuatsu Aoki Honda +25.739 10
7 Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda +25.982 9
8 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Yamaha +27.520 8
9 Netherlands Wilco Zeelenberg Aprilia +33.500 7
10 Germany Jochen Schmid Yamaha +38.913 6
11 New Zealand Simon Crafar Suzuki +43.550 5
12 Italy Paolo Casoli Gilera +1:03.766 4
13 Austria Andreas Preining Aprilia +1:08.507 3
14 Netherlands Patrick vd Goorbergh Aprilia +1:08.849 2
15 Switzerland Adrian Bosshard Honda +1:09.464 1
16 Switzerland Bernard Haenggeli Aprilia +1:19.877
17 Spain Pere Riba Honda +1:20.046
18 Italy Giuseppe Fiorillo Aprilia +1:24.341
19 France Jean-Michel Bayle Aprilia +1:29.972
20 Spain Carlos Checa Honda +1:31.648
21 Germany Bernd Kassner Aprilia +1:31.901
22 Germany Volker Bähr Honda +1 Lap
23 Italy Davide Bulega Aprilia +1 Lap
Ret France Frédéric Protat Aprilia Retirement
Ret Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha Retirement
Ret Italy Max Biaggi Honda Retirement
Ret Spain Luis Maurel Aprilia Retirement
Ret Italy Massimo Pennacchioli Honda Retirement
Ret France Jean-Pierre Jeandat Aprilia Retirement
Ret Italy Alessandro Gramigni Gilera Retirement
Ret Italy Doriano Romboni Honda Retirement
Ret Spain Luis d'Antin Honda Retirement
Ret Netherlands Jurgen vd Goorbergh Aprilia Retirement
Ret Switzerland Eskil Suter Aprilia Retirement
Ret Spain Juan Borja Honda Retirement


  1. ^ Scott, Michael. Wayne Rainey: His Own Story. Page 186. Sparkford: Haynes Publishing, 1997.
  2. ^ Duke Video, “Bike 500 GP 1993 Review”. Videocassette.

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