30-years ago on 24 August 1986 the Misano, San Marino Grand Prix made history worth to remember. It was the last premier-class Grand-Prix to feature a push start.
That was remarkable when you consider that some sidecar Grand-Prixs in the mid-1950s had clutch starts and an over-due safety improvement. Wayne Gardner had been hit on the grid at Monza in May 1986 when his Honda NSR500 was slow to fire and a rider flying through from the last row of the grid clipped his left leg. He sustained a knee injury that left him unable to run for a month, but fortunately nothing more serious. The San Marinno Grand-Prix was a giddying 35 laps around the 3488 kilometers of the old anti-clockwise Misano layout. Wayne Gardner overtook fast-starter Didier de Radigues from Chevallier-Honda to lead until lap 20, but handling issues with the feisty ‘86 honda NSR500 meant he had no answer when fastest qualifier Eddie Lawson powered through after a moderate start to record his seventh victory of the season by 9.87 seconds.