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Wayne Rainey Talks MotoAmerica | Video Interview

Wayne Rainey MotoAmerica Video

From 1978 through 2006, we – the Americans – had a stronghold on Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

We achieved 15 premier-class titles throughout those years, achieved by Eddie Lawson (four), Kenny Roberts (three), Wayne Rainey (three), Freddie Spencer (two), Kevin Schwantz (one), Kenny Roberts Jr. (1) and Nicky Hayden (1). John Kochinski also earned the 1990 title in the former 250 class, making for 16 titles across all classes.

But since Nicky Hayden’s title in 2006 aboard the Repsol Honda, we have diminished from the GP grids. With the retirement of Colin Edwards this season and the dropping of Josh Herrin from the Moto2 class, Hayden remains the sole American in GP racing.

This needs to change, and one former GP Champion from America’s GP heyday has decided to take on the task – Wayne Rainey.

Wayne Rainey, who spearheaded the new MotoAmerica series.
Wayne Rainey, who spearheaded the new MotoAmerica series.

The 54-year-old Californian, who became paralyzed following a crash at Misano during the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, spearheaded the new North American road-racing series, aptly titled MotoAmerica.

The creation of the series was a huge effort completed by the KRAVE Group that includes Rainey, a two-time AMA Superbike Champion; Chuck Aksland, a former racer and 20-year manager of Team Roberts who most recently served as Vice President of Motor Sport Operations at Circuit of The Americas; Terry Karges, a former motorsports marketing executive and team owner who spent 17-years at Roush Performance before being named Executive Director of the Petersen Museum; and Richard Varner, a motorcycle manufacturer, energy sector entrepreneur, philanthropist and businessman.

Working closely with Dorna, the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation) and AMA, the KRAVES Group will steer American road racing in a new direction, and clean up the mess left by the Daytona Motorsports Group – the former commercial and promotional rights holder.

A successful series in America will help us get back on the world scene of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. And after watching the attached video recently released by Yamaha, there’s no doubting Rainey is the correct man for this mission.

For more on the series, visit MotoAmerica.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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