Misano MotoGP: Rainey’s Return

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2011 MotoGP

It’s been 18 years since three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey visited the Misano circuit, his last time ending in a paralyzing crash on Sept. 5, 1993.

During the crash, Rainey broke his spine while sliding through the then-new gravel trap, the trap built for car racing at Misano. The wreck not only ended his chase for a fourth GP title, but also ended his motorcycle racing career.

And although Rainey has been active in the motorcycle scene since then, he has never revisited Misano since that horrible day.

But this is set to change this weekend when the legendary Wayne Rainey will visit Misano during the San Marino MotoGP. The track has been extensively modified since that day in 93, the races now held in the opposite direction.

When he returns to Misano, Rainey will be honored in the MotoGP paddock; Yamaha will hold a special event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, honoring Rainey.