For racing fans who are waiting for, well, the next Wayne Rainey, this is all good news. In addition to cultivating the next generation of racers, however, Rainey’s efforts will also create the next generation of race fans. Give the masses a Colin Edwards, a Nicky Hayden, a Ben Bostrom, or a Ben Spies to rally behind, and they will follow him across the pond and get hooked on the proving ground of American roadracing in the process. The most recent heyday of AMA roadracing in the ’90s and early ’00s also coincided with a relative boom in sportbike sales. Coincidence?