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This is the frank and deeply moving story of Wayne Rainey, who came from the dirt-tracks of California to conquer motorcycle racing. Written in close co-operation with Rainey himself, it is a searingly honest chronicle of how, riding for former triple World Champion Kenny Roberts, he took the factory Yamahas to domination, winning three blue riband 500-class titles in a row.
Good-looking, articulate, skilled, successful, wealthy, happily married, charming and popular, he seemed to have everything: World Champion Wayne personified a powerful American dream. But nobody knew of his inner turmoil. There was no satisfaction: success merely drove him harder, until the championship became an obsession that almost destroyed him.
In 1993, one hand already on a fourth successive crown, he was cruelly injured in the Italian Grand Prix. Spine severely broken, he had to come to terms with permanent paralysis and all the indignities and frustrations that involves. It was a battle that Wayne would fight with characteristic vigour and determination, to emerge as a team owner/manager, now fighting for the World Championship from the pits.
This is his own story. New interviews with Rainey, his family, childhood companions, and key people throughout his extraordinary career fill in the background to a sweeping story that reaches way beyond the world of motorcycle racing.
|Publisher:||Haynes Publications, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.39(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.83(d)|
About the Author
Michael Scott writes brilliantly about people, most recently in the well-reviewed Barry Sheene: Motorcycle racing's jet-set superstar. He is the long-time editor of Motocourse, and lives in London.
Table of Contents
Foreword by three times World Champion Kenny Roberts 8
Chapter l The house that Po-Po built 21
Chapter 2 Outlaws on the loose 32
Chapter 3 The kid from Norway 44
Chapter 4 The Barnstormers 57
Chapter 5 Learner-winner 67
Chapter 6 To the Championship - and beyond 78
Chapter 7 The year of living uncomfortably 85
Chapter 8 From a Jack to a King - Champion again 99
Chapter 9 Oh lucky man 114
Chapter 10 Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door 126
Colour A Racer's Album 129
Chapter l1 Double act, but just one winner 168
Chapter 12 Heir apparent to the Evil Empire 178
Chapter 13 Racing against a ghost 190
Chapter 14 Countdown to catastrophe 209
Chapter 15 Going home broken 228
Chapter 16 Chair-borne warrior 242
Grand Prix and US Championship road-racing results, 1982-1993 262