Wayne Rainey will ride a YZR500 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed! | MotoGP

Three-time 500cc World Champion and MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey will not only be racing at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, but riding!

The 61-year-old American, paralyzed from the chest since a crash in 1993, will travel to Goodwood Hill on his 1992 championship-winning Yamaha YZR500 at the June 23-26 event.

Rainey’s ride will be made possible after Yamaha Motor Company reconfigures the YZR500 so that it can be ridden using only the handlebar controls.

“I’m incredibly excited not only to attend my first Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this summer, but to ride my 1992 Yamaha YZR500 on the famous hill climb,” said Rainey, who made his first return to the driven in 2019 with a modified R1. Superbike at the Sound of Engine Festival in Japan.

“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I just couldn’t pass it up. I want to thank the Yamaha Motor Company for tuning up my 1992 YZR500 and making it fit for me to ride, MotoAmerica for helping to make the whole project fly, and the Duke of Richmond for really making this a reality.

“I can’t wait to meet the fans who come from all over the world for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed ​​is “The Innovators – The Masterminds of Motorsport”. It’s a title worthy of Rainey, whose motorsport career includes a leading role in the golden age of 500cc racing, before overcoming injuries to return as Grand Prix team manager. and now president of MotoAmerica.

“The Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​is an incredible event that is a showcase for two- and four-wheeled motorsport legends – both human and mechanical,” said Lin Jarvis, managing director of Yamaha Motor Racing. “Wayne Rainey is a true motorcycle racing legend who won three 500cc world titles with Yamaha before his career-ending crash and injury.

“Wayne’s thought of the legendary 1992 Factory YZR500 bike he rode to his eventual championship victory is something truly amazing that I never imagined possible. I know it will mean so much to Wayne, and it will be something really special for all fans at Goodwood and around the world. We are proud to be able to support Wayne to make his dream come true.

The Duke of Richmond added: “I am absolutely delighted that Wayne and his family can join us at this year’s Festival of Speed ​​and that we will see him take to the hill on the bike he won his last championship on. world 30 years ago.

“Each year the Festival showcases spectacular stories from the world of motorsport, and we are privileged to have Wayne share his with us this summer.”

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