A former MotoGP champion paralyzed from the chest down rode his world championship-winning bike.
Wayne Rainey won the 500cc (now MotoGP) world championship three times in a row from 1990 to 1992, and was leading in 1993 when he was crippled in an accident at the Italian Grand Prix.
For the first time in 29 years, Rainey rode his winning Yamaha YZR500 in 1992 during a demonstration at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the south of England. He was accompanied at this race with former team boss Kenny Roberts, and later in the weekend he will ride with Aussie Mick Doohan and former rival Kevin Schwantz.
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Rainey’s legs were attached to the bike, while a crew member put the bike in first gear. Rainey then performed the short demonstration without needing to shift into first gear.
Before the race, Rainey said he didn’t think he would ever get the chance to “throw a leg on a Grand Prix bike again.”
“Kenny has been a huge part of my racing career and my life so having him with us at Goodwood is going to be an even more amazing experience,” he said.
“And many fans know that Mick and Kevin were some of my biggest rivals during my Grand Prix career, and it means so much to me that they are going to the Festival of Speed for what will be a very special time.”
The festival will run until Monday morning (AEST) and is streamed live on the event’s Youtube channel.
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