There is a video that we really must suggest to any fans of the 500 in its golden years, the period in which Americans reigned supreme, with names like Rainey, Schwantz, Lawson and Spencer. The years in which every so often an Australian would come to the fore, the likes of Gardner and then Doohan. A period that gave us some of the greatest battles in motorcycle history.
Wayne Rainey is the rider who paid the highest price of those listed above, because an accident at Misano left him not only without the use of his legs, but also far from his greatest love, or rather the motorcycle. The three-time 500 world champion never got back on a bike, despite technological developments making it possible already several years ago.
Rainey has now changed his mind though, and this fantastic video depicts his initial moments back in the saddle, with a summary of the incredible adventure that has seen him return to the track with a Yamaha, the manufacturer with which Wayne celebrated his greatest motorcycling triumphs.
Our very own Paolo Scalera interviewed Wayne at Laguna Seca, and at that point the American clearly already knew about the wonderful surprise he was preparing for his old Italian friend, recounting many of his earlier adventures. And now he can recount this too.
See the video of the interview here