Wayne Rainey


Wayne grew up in a racing family as his father was a go-kart racer. He began riding a 50cc Honda mini-bike when he was 6 years old. At 9 years old he began racing at several locations in the Southern California area. Progressing quickly up through the ranks he got his rookie expert #8E in 1979. Struggling through the season with injuries, in 1980 he earned 6 top-10 finishes. That same year he also took part in club-level road races with Kawasaki. In 1981 he won the novice 250 Grand Prix race at Loudon NH on a factory Kawasaki, who then signed him to race the AMA Superbike Series for 1982. In 1983 and 1987 he was the AMA Superbike Champion and from 1990 to 1992 he was the 500CC World Road Racing Champion. In 1993 he suffered a career-ending crash in Italy, but he returned in 1994 with his own GP racing team. Wayne retired in 1998 and resides with his wife and son in the Monterrey CA area.