Thursday, September 08, 2011

Yamaha Racing show they haven’t forgotten Wayne Rainey

The legendary Wayne Rainey, during a recent visit to Misano...
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Yamaha Motor Racing’s base in Italy, in Gerno di Lesmo, near Milan, recently hosted a very special guest – three-time 500cc motorcycle grand prix roadracing world champion, Wayne Rainey. Rainey, who won the 500cc world championship in 1990, 91 and 92 spent a day with teams from Yamaha Motor Racing, Yamaha Motor Italy and Yamaha Motor R&D Europe. The legendary American rider also officially opened the Wayne Rainey Boardroom at the Yamaha facility and toured the entire site.

‘It’s been a great experience spending some time here at the Yamaha headquarters. It’s fascinating to get an insight into what happens away from the track and what it takes to run a successful modern team,’ said Rainey. ‘I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reception from the all the people here. It was also a wonderful weekend in Misano – Yamaha welcomed me so warmly and it was very special for Shae and I to meet up with so many old friends and familiar faces. I’m honoured to be part of the Yamaha family and will be back again,’ he added.

‘Wayne is not only one of the greatest Grand Prix riders in our racing history, but also one the most respected Yamaha riders. To have him and his wife Shae make the trip to join us in Misano and at Yamaha Motor Racing Headquarters was something we will treasure. It has been a very special moment in our year,’ said Lin Jarvis, MD – Yamaha Motor Racing Srl.

Rainey, and the way it used to be...
...and, more images - including those of riders like Norick Abe, Wayne Rainey, John Kocinski, Christian Sarron, Max Biaggi and Luca Cadalora - from Yamaha's racing past. Those, indeed, were the days!

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