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MotoGP legend Rainey to journey 500cc bike for first time since life-changing crash

The MotoGP legend suffered life-changing accidents in 1993 when he crashed throughout a race at Misano, which ended his profession and left him paralysed from the waist down.

Rainey gained three 500cc titles between 1990 and 1992 for Yamaha, and went on to handle a crew for the Japanese marque earlier than retiring in 1998.

Since 2015 he has been the president of MotoAmerica, which has helped revive the AMA Superbike scene in the US.

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Rainey will make his first look on the Pageant of Velocity this June and can journey one among his grand prix bikes for the primary time since his accident – which shall be modified round his accidents – up the well-known hillclimb.

“I’m extremely excited to not solely be attending my first Goodwood Pageant of Velocity this summer season, however to be using my 1992 Yamaha YZR500 up the well-known hillclimb,” Rainey mentioned.

“It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime alternative and one which I simply couldn’t go up.

“I wish to thank the Yamaha Motor Firm for getting ready my 1992 YZR500 and adapting it for me to journey, MotoAmerica for serving to make the complete venture fly, and The Duke of Richmond for actually making this a actuality.

“I can’t wait to satisfy the followers who come from all around the world for the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity.”

Wayne Rainey and Loris Capirossi, Yamaha

Wayne Rainey and Loris Capirossi, Yamaha

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis added that Rainey using his 1992 YZR500 is one thing he “by no means imagined might be potential”.

“The Goodwood Pageant of Velocity is an incredible occasion that could be a showcase for 2 and four-wheel motorsports legends – each human and mechanical,” Jarvis added.

“Wayne Rainey is a real motorbike racing legend who achieved three 500cc world titles with Yamaha earlier than his career-ending accident and damage.

“The considered Wayne using the legendary 1992 Manufacturing unit YZR500 bike that he rode to his remaining championship victory is one thing really superb that I for one by no means imagined might be potential.

“I do know it’ll imply a lot to Wayne, and it is going to be one thing really particular for all of the followers at Goodwood and all world wide. We’re proud to have the ability to assist Wayne make his dream come true.”

Rainey rode a modified Yamaha road bike at Willow Springs again in 2019, marking his first journey on a motorbike in 26 years since his accident.

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