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Rainey’s return to Misano

The three time 500cc World Champion will be present at the upcoming Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend, his first visit to the Misano World Circuit since his career-ending crash on September 5, 1993.

Living legend Wayne Rainey will visit the Misano circuit for the first time in nearly 18 years to see next weekend’s GP at the Misano World Circuit. The former World Champion will find an extensively modified track that now holds races in the opposite direction.

Rainey suffered a career-ending crash in the 1993 Italian GP while well on his way to a fourth-consecutive World title. He was leading the Championship and the race when he crashed and slid into a rutted gravel trap designed as a safety feature for car racing. The high speed tumble against the raked surface fractured the sixth thoracic vertebra in his spine, resulting in paralysis from the chest down.

Rainey’s return will be honored in the paddock on Friday, September 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with Yamaha organizing a special event for the unforgettable rider.

MotoGP, 2011, Wayne Rainey

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