Wayne Michael Gardner (born 11 October 1959 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and touring car racer. His most notable achievement was winning the 1987 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship, becoming the first Australian to win motorcycling's premier class. His success on the world motorcycle racing circuit earned him the nickname The Wollongong Whiz. Both Wayne's sons, Remy and Luca, are racing motorcycles like their father.
Gardner began his racing career in 1977 at the age of 18, riding a second-hand YamahaTZ250 bike in the Australian championship and finishing second on debut at Amaroo Park. He went on to record his first win a few weeks later at Oran Park Raceway. In 1981 Gardner was hired by Mamoru Moriwaki to race in the Australian Superbike championship aboard the Moriwaki Kawasaki Z1s.
Gardner's impressive results on the Moriwaki Kawasaki eventually earned him a contract with the Honda Britain racing team.
Gardner's Honda performance earned him full support in 1985 from the Honda-HRC factory racing team alongside teammate Freddie Spencer. He won his first Grand Prix race at the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, before going on to win two more races and finish second in the championship behind Eddie Lawson. In 1987, Gardner became the first Australian to win the 500 cc World Championship, winning seven of sixteen races and wrapping up the title with a win in the penultimate round in Brazil at Goiânia. Gardner's race engineer in 1987 was fellow Australian Jeremy Burgesswho had previously worked with 1985 World Champion Freddie Spencer.
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