Yamaha Motor Company
Kenny Roberts
(Auto racing)
Kevin Schwantz
(Auto racing)
Loris Capirossi
(Auto racing)

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Wayne Rainey

Knowledge Identifier: +Wayne_Rainey


Wayne Rainey

Former American Grand Prix motorcycle road racer add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1960.

Countries: Japan (37%), (21%), Europe (16%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Yamaha Motor Company, Kenny Roberts, Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Linked to: Yamaha Motor Company, American Motorcyclist Association, Honda, Suzuki




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Wayne Rainey was born in 1960 add something


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he won the 500cc World Championship three times and the Daytona 200 once add something


Following his success in the Novice 250cc roadrace class, Kawasaki hired him to compete in the 1982 AMA Superbike Championship as a teammate to the defending National Champion Eddie Lawson add something


The following year, Lawson moved to the Grand Prix circuit and Rainey took over the role of leading rider, earning the 1983 National Championship for Kawasaki add something


In 1984, he accepted an offer to ride for the newly formed Kenny Roberts Yamaha squad in the 250cc class of the Grand Prix World Championship add something


Kenny Roberts - In 1984, he entered a team into the 250 cc world championship with riders Wayne Rainey and Alan Carter using Yamaha bikes


A less than successful season saw him returning home in 1985 to join the Maclean Racing team in U.S. 250 and Formula 1 classes, and on to the American Honda team from 1986 to 1987 where he raced Superbike and F1 add something


It was during the 1987 Superbike National Championship that his intense rivalry began with Kevin Schwantz as the two battled it out for the title add something


So intense was their rivalry that they continued their battle during the 1987 Trans-Atlantic Match Races in which they were supposedly teammates competing against a team of British riders add something


Kevin Schwantz - The 1987 Superbike National Championship would be remembered by motorcycle fans as the beginning of Schwantz' fiercely competitive rivalry with Wayne Rainey


In 1988 Rainey returned to Europe, again joining Team Roberts Yamaha, this time in the premier 500cc division riding the YZR500 add something


In 1988, Rainey and his Team Roberts Yamaha teammate Kevin Magee would win the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan add something


Kenny Roberts - After returning to the United States to compete in the AMA Superbike championship, Wayne Rainey re-joined the team in 1988, finishing in third place in his inaugural 500 cc season then, improving to second place behind Eddie Lawson in 1989


In the 1989 campaign, Rainey would finish second overall add something


From 1990 to 1992, Rainey hit his stride earning three consecutive 500cc crowns for Yamaha add something


Rainey was well on his way to his fourth-consecutive title in 1993 add something


After the 1995 season, Schwantz retired from the Grand Prix circus, partly due to nagging injuries and partly because losing the one great rival that had fired his competitive intensity made him view his own mortality much more clearly add something


Loris Capirossi - In 1996 Capirossi retired from five of the first seven races, but thereafter he was often in the points and won the final race in Australia riding for Wayne Rainey's Yamaha team


Norifumi Abe - His team in 1997 was run by another former champion, Wayne Rainey, and Abe took regular points finishes over the next two seasons, including four podiums


Rainey was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. the FIM named him a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2000 add something


Yamaha Motor Racing - It founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a factory-supported team in the 500 cc class for the previous two years


In 2003, he was one of the subjects of the motorcycle racing documentary film, "Faster" add something


After two seasons of poor decisions by Daytona Motorsports Group, the organisation that runs domestic motorcycle racing, the 2013 dispute with Dorna/Infront regarding coverage of AMA Superbike coverage on shared FIM weekends that lead to a lack of media coverage for the Superbike round at Mazda Raceway and the Harley-Davidson XR1200 round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for both 2013 and 2014, the AMA transferred commercial rights to AMA-sanctioned road racing for the 2015 season to Rainey and business partners add something


Cameron Beaubier - Since 2014, Beaubier has competed in the AMA Superbike Championship, winning the championship in both 2015 and 2016 with the new series promoter, Wayne Rainey, and Dorna's MotoAmerica organisation


Rainey will organise the MotoAmerica group that will run AMA Superbike starting in 2015 add something