5 MotoGP champions who retired due to injury, most tragic number 1 : Okezone Sports

SO MUCH 5 MotoGP champions who retired due to injury will be discussed in this article. MotoGP is the most prestigious motorcycle racing event in the world.

However, did you know that this event is a dangerous sport. Not a few motorcycle racers who suffered injuries due to serious accidents on the circuit. There are even a number of runners who died! A number of riders have also decided to retire from MotoGP due to serious crashes.

So who are the MotoGP riders who have given up on injury? The MotoGP riders referred to here are not only in the MotoGP class, but also in the 500 cc class which used to be the premier or top class.

Here are 5 MotoGP champions who retired due to injury:

5. Kevin Schwantz


Kevin Schwantz was the 1993 500cc World Champion with Suzuki. However, due to a fatal accident on the Mugello circuit in 1995, he could no longer find his best performance.

After several hand injuries at the age of 31, he felt he could no longer challenge for the world title. As a result, at the end of the 1995 season, the American rider decided to retire.

4.Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer was 500cc world champion with Honda in 1983 and 1985. He was also 250cc world champion in 1985. However, after that he did not score a single point in the 500cc class in 1986 due to tendinitis or inflammation of the tendons (strong scarring of the tissues that connect bones and muscles).

When he suffered a serious accident, he was only 24 years old. Indeed, Freddie Spencer made his comeback in 1987. However, he failed to earn a single point until his official retirement.

3. Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo was MotoGP world champion in 2010, 2012 and 2015 with Yamaha. However, while reinforcing the Repsol Honda team at the Assen circuit in 2019, he crashed and broke Lorenzo’s vertebra.

As a result of the injury, Jorge Lorenzo missed three straight sets. After that, Jorge Lorenzo crashed in the remaining eight races of MotoGP 2019. However, as he only had six points in that span, the rider nicknamed X-Fuera decided to retire.

2. Mick Doohan

Mick Doohan

Mick Doohan feared his right leg would have to be amputated after a terrible accident at the Assen circuit in 1992. His ankle was permanently damaged, but he still won the 500cc world title five times in a row from 1994 to 1998.

However, another serious accident happened to Mick Doohan at the Jerez circuit in 1999. The accident caused Mick Doohan to end his career, even though the season had just entered the third race.

As a result, Doohan retired at just 34 years old. If only Doohan weren’t injured, the Australian rider should continue to dominate the 500cc class for the next few years.

1. Wayne Rainey

wayne rainey

(Wayne Rainey (far left) in a wheelchair. (Photo: REUTERS)

wayne rainey was 500cc world champion in 1990, 1991 and 1992 with Yamaha. Like the others, he was forced to retire after suffering a serious injury.

The California rider injured his spine in a 1993 title fight against Kevin Schwantz at Misano at the age of 32. As a result of the accident, Wayne Rainey was paralyzed and until now had to sit in a wheelchair.

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