“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…”

Cycle World - - Makers - RANDY MAMOLA

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.

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