Yamaha Super Tenere Sets Out for Globalrider, a Solo Journey Around the World

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Telefonica Yamaha Globalrider is an epic adventure that will take Hugo Scagnetti on a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. However, this magnificent journey is not aimed at personal glory; there are far more noble goals for the Globalrider project you never thought about.
Scagnetti battled severe injuries in his legs caused by a vascular necrosis and promised that, if he ever walked again without crutches, he would travel the world to raise money for scientific research. Globalrider is his project that will "broadcast and raise funds to support the work of scientific research centers dedicated to the field of tissue regeneration using stem cells in children."

After surmounting numerous obstacles over the past 13 months, Hugo is now ready to take on an amazing adventure, with massive support from Yamaha Motors, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team and Telefonica. His journey will kick off on May 27 in Spain's capital of Madrid, at the Telefonica's offices, and will head for France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

A plane will then fly him to US land in San Francisco, before heading north to Seattle, and then crossing the country to reach Miami in Florida. Next stops are the UK and Spain back home.

Thanks to Telefonica and all the communication technologies that will go into his Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Hugo Scagnetti will be able to shoot a complex documentary of his ride. Both him and his bike will be loaded with sensors that will take care of telemetry, connectivity, geolocation, and social networks, as well as monitoring Hugo's medical status remotely. It looks like this epic journey will be as much a test for Telefonica's M2M and Internet of Things technologies as it will for Hugo and his Super Tenere.

All the donations and benefits from the distribution rights of the documentary will be directed to the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid and its stem cell tissue regeneration research team.
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