How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood

“Wayne, you’re basically f*****, but the best thing you can do is to get back out there and do what you love to do, and that’s racing.” These were the words the late Sir Frank Williams said to three-time 500cc world motorcycle champion Wayne Rainey in late 1993 when the American hero was in the early stages of recovery from the Misano accident that ended his career and left him paralyzed from the chest down .

Rainey had dominated the premier class from 1990 to 1992, with three straight championships, and was battling arch-rival Kevin Schwantz for the 1993 title. Leading that fateful Misano race, Rainey crashed exiting the first corner and suffered life-changing spinal injuries.