Wayne Rainey, three-time world champion in the 1990s, returns to the saddle 26 years after the tragic accident that forces him into a wheelchair.
500 class legend Wayne Rainey, three times world champion with Yamaha, made his first laps on the bike after 26 years. Riding a specially modified Yamaha YZF-R1 at the Willow Springs circuit in California, he turned the dream into reality. It was September 1993 when a tragic accident at Misano forced him into a wheelchair, taking away what would have been the fourth title. Since then he has never stopped following the World Championship and in Austin his presence in the paddock is a source of pride for motorsport.
The 59-year-old former driver returned to riding a Yamaha on November 6th. For the special occasion, Alpinestars has created a special leather suit with the legendary red and white look. Wayne Rainey, currently president of the Moto America championship, experienced a flashback that is going around the world. "I had the chance to ride a motorcycle for the first time in 26 years and it was a stroke of luck. A big thank you to Yamaha Motor USA and Alpinestars who supported and facilitated this venture".
The reason why he decided to return to a Yamaha is none other than his participation as a guest star at the next Suzuka Sound Of Engine, an automotive festival that closes the sports season on the Japanese track every year, which this year will bring together legends like Rainey, Eddie Lawson and Kenny Roberts. "I want to be in Suzuka on November 16th and 17th, I'll be riding a motorcycle for the first time in 26 years. I want to see you all there", Said Rainey in a video aimed at all fans.