MotoGP news | Wayne Rainey paralysed from the chest down rides 1992 title-winning bike

A former MotoGP champion who is paralyzed from the chest down has been riding his world champion bike.

Wayne Rainey won the 500cc World Championship (now MotoGP) three times in a row from 1990 to 1992 and was leading in 1993 when he was paralyzed in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix.

For the first time in 29 years, Rainey rode his 1992 winning Yamaha YZR500 in a showing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in southern England. He was joined on this ride by former team boss Kenny Roberts and will ride with Australian Mick Doohan and former arch-rival Kevin Schwantz later in the weekend.

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Rainey’s legs were strapped to the bike while a crew member put the bike into first gear. Rainey then completed the brief demonstration without having to shift out of first gear.

Before the run, Rainey said he didn’t think he’d ever get the chance to “throw a leg over a Grand Prix bike” again.

“Kenny has been a huge part of my racing career and my life so to have him with us at Goodwood will be even more incredible,” he said.

“And many fans know that Mick and Kevin have been some of my biggest rivals throughout my Grand Prix career and it means so much to me that they are making the journey to the Festival of Speed ​​for a very special time.”

The festival will run until Monday morning (AEST) and will be streamed live on the event’s YouTube channel.

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