Did you occur to see any footage from the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed? While it’s full of wonderful bikes and vehicles yearly, 2022 was notably particular as a result of Wayne Rainey and his championship-winning 1992 Yamaha YZR500 made their first-ever look on the occasion.
The residing MotoGP legend took an illustration lap on that incredible bike—flanked by the likes of Kenny Roberts, Kevin Schwantz, and Mick Doohan. Don’t fear for those who missed it—it is 2022, and naturally there’s video of this historic second you can watch everytime you need. (You positively do wish to watch it, although; seeing and listening to these bikes is the next-best factor to being there in individual.)
Those 4 racing legends share 12 World Championships between them. Just sit again for a second and take that in, as a result of it’s a reasonably wonderful factor to behold. Thankfully, after the lap is full, and the racers park their bikes up at Goodwood House, we additionally get to see a pleasant interview with the 4 of them, chatting to the group under concerning the expertise.
What did Rainey consider his first-ever Goodwood Festival of Speed expertise? When requested within the interview if he’d think about coming again to the occasion sooner or later, Rainey stated he liked each minute and that he was by no means leaving. The different racers additionally appeared genuinely thrilled and moved by having the chance to be part of one thing so particular.
It’s nearly 30 years because the fateful 1993 Italian Grand Prix crash the place Rainey in the end turned a paraplegic. Motorcycling is a deeply ingrained a part of who Rainey is, and the love has clearly by no means left him. (I imply, you don’t begin and run the MotoAmerica racing sequence for those who don’t love bike racing. Period.)
That makes it a very particular and transferring expertise for followers of bike racing to see Rainey again on the market. Whether you witnessed these two-stroke championship glory days or not, the sheer pleasure you possibly can see as these 4 parade round Goodwood after which have a pleasant chat afterward is totally sensible. Thanks to the racers, to the Duke of Richmond for placing on the FOS occasion, and to everybody else who made this once-in-a-lifetime occasion potential.