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Wayne Rainey Rides Again at Goodwood Festival of Speed

England, United Kingdom

Three-time World 500 GP champ Wayne Rainey was well on his way to a fourth title in 1993. That was until a crash at Misano paralyzed him from the chest down.

Wayne Rainey was back on the track at Goodwood. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

Wayne Rainey was back on the track at Goodwood. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

12 World Championships: Wayne Rainey, Roberts, Doohan, and Schwantz Ride Together At Goodwood FOS

Rainey hasn't ridden a two-stroke race bike since his accident. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

Rainey hasn't ridden a two-stroke race bike since his accident. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

Wayne Rainey shares a laugh with Kenny Roberts. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

Wayne Rainey shares a laugh with Kenny Roberts. @yamaharacingcomofficial/Instagram

In an amazing display of personal courage and adaptability, Rainey was back on the track on his Yamaha YZR500 0WE0 as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.

The 61-year-old California rode up the hill at Goodwood followed by fellow former champions Kenny Robert, Mick Doohan, and Kevin Schwantz.

Four world champions graced the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. @fosgoodwood/instagram

Four world champions graced the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. @fosgoodwood/instagram

Rainey looked at home on his YZR500. @fosgoodwood/instagram

Rainey looked at home on his YZR500. @fosgoodwood/instagram

Kevin Schwantz looked like he was having fun too. Facebook

Kevin Schwantz looked like he was having fun too. Facebook

Wayne Rainey Rides again! #shorts

This was the first time Rainey, who is now president of MotoAmerica, was on a two-stroke race bike since his accident. The specially modified bike had the rear brake and gearbox controls on the handlebars, allowing him to switch gears by pressing a red button to shift up and pulling the clutch lever to shift down with his left hand, while operating the rear brake with his thumb.

Rainey's bike was specially modified. @YamahaRacingUK/Twitter

Rainey's bike was specially modified. @YamahaRacingUK/Twitter

The Festival of Speed wraps up on Sunday, June 26.

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