Motorcycle Racing News Yamaha MotoGP HQ Welcomes Rainey

Yamaha MotoGP HQ Welcomes Rainey

MotoGP Icons

Yamaha Motor Racing Headquarters hosted a very special guest yesterday as three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey arrived at the team’s base in Gerno di Lesmo, near Milan.

The legendary Grand Prix rider spent the day with employees of Yamaha Motor Racing, Yamaha Motor Italy and Yamaha Motor R&D Europe.

Rainey officially opened the Wayne Rainey Boardroom at the facility before taking a tour of the site. He was joined by current riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, the three taking time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the many gathered employees.

Rainey had returned to Misano last weekend for the first time since his career ending crash at the San Marino circuit 18 years ago. He was warmly welcomed by the Grand Prix paddock on Friday evening before attending a special dinner of some 25 close friends from his racing past. Guests included riders, mechanics, journalists and others from the racing fraternity.

Prior to Sunday’s race Wayne took a special lap of the circuit by open top car to a standing ovation from the thousands of race fans around the track. He then witnessed Jorge Lorenzo storm to a perfect victory and was subsequently invited to take to the podium with the reigning World Champion. He accepted the manufacturer trophy for the race win on behalf of the team to huge applause from the Misano crowd.

Wayne Rainey (Yamaha MotoGP) says: “It’s been a great experience spending some time here at the 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. 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 honored to be part of the Yamaha family and will be back again!”

2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 100th Anniversary First Look

Back in December, we gave you a first look at the new 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 lineup. The big news was an increase in...

2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Look (11 Fast Facts)

The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber enjoys a wide range of updates that include functional and aesthetic. The changes are, in part, to meet Euro...

2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The 2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC is the new flagship of the urban-brawling Dragster lineup. The RC stands for Reparto Corse, and...

2022 Triumph Bonneville T100 First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The Triumph Bonneville T100 gets a more powerful and higher-revving motor for 2022,  along with a lighter chassis and upgraded suspension as the British...

2022 Triumph Street Twin First Look (7 Fast Facts)

The best-selling Triumph Street Twin is back with motor changes to meet Euro 5 standards, upgraded styling, and a classy new variant. Let’s take...

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250: 150 HP ADV [17 Fast Facts]

Harley-Davidson officially unveiled Monday its all-new adventure touring motorcycles, the 2021 Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special. The Motor Company released all the...