“During the 1990 Laguna Seca Grand Prix race, this happened at the exit of turn two. It was a save, of course! But with consequences…”
RRandy Mamola’s 500cc grand prix career was exceptional for many reasons, not least of which was finishing second in points four times. But he also made some legendary saves. At Laguna Seca in 1990 on the Cagiva C590, Mamola was going well. Until. “I was running fifth and closing in on third and fourth with five laps to go,” Mamola says. “I asked too much from the tire, and the bike snapped on me—like 500s used to—and it threw me in the air. The snap was so aggressive that I dislocated my left wrist. I had no idea what was going on except I had pain and my hand wouldn’t open to use the clutch. I continued racing the last five laps without use of my fingers and lost only two positions to finish seventh.” Racers have always been tough.