Don­ing­ton Park, Bri­tain

Classic Bike (UK) - - ’93 TITLE 25 YEARS ON -

I had this huge crash in prac­tice, on a cold tyre, go­ing down through Craner. They’d put new gravel beds there – it was like hit­ting a pave­ment kerb. I sat in the garage for the rest of the ses­sion. Back then ev­ery ses­sion was qual­i­fy­ing, so my guys are go­ing: “It’s sup­posed to rain to­mor­row – you need to get out there and get in a good lap”. I was so con­cussed that I sat in the garage and for the life of me I couldn’t think which way to go when I left the garage.

Then Wayne had a big crash in prac­tice, but I didn’t know how beat up he was. I out-qual­i­fied the field by a full sec­ond, then the Mick thing hap­pened [a first-lap pile-up caused by Doohan]. I should have been badly hurt; it could’ve been the end of my sea­son. I was get­ting at­ten­tion when the race ended and all the Ital­ian doc­tors were get­ting ex­cited be­cause Luca [Cadalora] had beaten Wayne. That’s when I knew some­thing wasn’t right with him, be­cause ei­ther him or me had pretty much cleared off at ev­ery Bri­tish GP since ’88. I’d gone to Don­ing­ton with a 23-point lead and I left with a three-point lead.

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