MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Wayne Rainey - Q&A


“Marquez loves to fight for the position no matter who the rider is and the guys that I raced against were much the same way” – Wayne Rainey.

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Tomco

April 16, 2014 11:58 AM

Ah the good old days ! Seemed that there was so much less corporate involvement but in reality Im sure it existed and back then it was generally between a handful of riders as it is today. - the rest struggled on over the counter bikes. Nostalgia hey !?

TrueFan

April 16, 2014 12:26 PM

I remember being trackside to watch Rainey and his colleagues spin the back tyre the whole way through the corner, lap after lap of sideways action. Very brave on a 500, because if it gripped suddenly, they'd launch into orbit. That was one of the golden eras of bike racing.

It's good to see that he still enjoys the whole thing.

reinmacre

April 16, 2014 4:09 PM

I had the pleasure of watching Rainey, Lawson, Schwantz, Gardner, Biaggi and the rest each year at Laguna. Fantastic battles, the smell of two strokes in the air. You could walk right up to any of these guys, shake their hand, take a picture, whatever.

Today's bike's are technologically impressive with their "control" for everything but the electronics have negated the number one element of skill, throttle control.

Two stroke 195hp 500's. Every bit as impressive as today's space ships.

6uille

April 16, 2014 6:07 PM

In the U.S., motorcycle road racing is frowned upon by the whole of it's society in general. The culture in the U.S. itself is unwelcoming towards sport bike and it's riders. If you are at a red light on a sport bike, in many towns you might be even mocked at but if next to you there is an obese person sitting on a Harley then he is the one being admired.

Jas6004

April 16, 2014 7:52 PM

My all time favourite rider, which I got to watch many times at Donington Park, and luckily got to meet at Day of The Champions when he first entered Team Management. Still love watching the fantastic races of the late 80's early 90's.
Rainey to me is an absolute Legend and it's always great to see him at the Moto Gp races.

TwistedWrist29

April 16, 2014 8:35 PM

In America its like sportbikes are an urban thing yet its better to ride them on twisty rural roads. Harleys are better in the city yet they are associated with the open road...it makes no sense. I live in a small town having come from the big city and all I see now is Harleys and some GS1200 adventure bikes. Yet in my back yard are hundreds of miles of canyon road. Just me and my Daytona 675 dodging tons of slow bikes. We cant even get F1, let alone any form of road racing, to be popular here...no chance for bikes. The Harley NASCAR mentality is too deep. For god sake soccer is finally starting to be recognized here. How about if USA actually got on board with the important world championships...soccer, F1,and MotoGP and stop calling our national sports championships the World Series, or World Champions when no other countries actually participate. Pathetic. What do you expect from a country where people care more about gun rights than quality health coverage.

andrew2k

April 16, 2014 10:12 PM

I love Rainey's take on the state of AMA, but sadly seeing how the France family enjoy running what was a great championship into the ground, its hard to see AMA as a credible place to find the next generation of american talent for MotoGP,

andrew2k

April 16, 2014 10:30 PM

6uille: In the U.S., motorcycle road racing is frowned upon by the whole of it's society in general. The culture in the U.S. itself is unwelcoming towards sport bike and it's riders. If you are at a red light on a sport bike, in many towns you might be even mocked at but if next to you there is an obese person sitting on a Harley then he is the one being admired.


When it come to motorcycles the only thing americans really know about is harley davidson(I attribute this to the fact in the fact 80's the federal government bowed to harley davidson and made it hard for japanese and european imported to compete with harley davidson). Ontop of that it doesn't do motorcycle riders any justice when they're being viewed as hog-riding criminals .e.g. motorcycle clubs.

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