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Here’s something a bit different: Hugo Scagnetti, supported by Telefónica and Yamaha, will ride 23,000 miles around the world in 80 days. That in itself isn’t the news though. The twist in the story is that he will be travelling on a special Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z, dubbed Globalrider, equipped with the latest technologies Telefónica has to offer. He will be transmitting multimedia contents and telemetric information in real time, making it possible for his followers to practically live his adventure at the same time.

After suffering a serious injury to both legs caused by avascular necrosis, Hugo promised that if he was ever able to walk again without crutches he would journey around the world for a single purpose: to broadcast and raise funds to support the work of scientific research centres dedicated to the field of tissue regeneration using stem cells in children.

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After 13 months and battling many obstacles, Hugo keeps his promise and will kick-off his adventure from the Telefónica offices in Madrid on May 27, 2016. From there he will first travel to France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. He will then travel through the republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He will then fly to the United States and carry on through San Francisco, Seattle, Idaho, and Miami. His journey will end in the United Kingdom before a return to Spain.

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Throughout the journey, both the motorcycle and the pilot will be connected and monitored in real time through several electronic and m2m managed connectivity sensors, which will allow the machine and the pilot to be studied, and their behaviour to be understood, at all times and under every circumstance; they will also allow the remote medical monitoring of the pilot.

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Following the trip, Hugo will produce a documentary series for Movistar+ which will highlight the value of contact with other peoples and cultures through history, music, personal experiences, and the use of technology. The distribution rights of the Telefónica Yamaha Globalrider program will be donated in full to the research of tissue regeneration. In this way, Hugo is able to bring together his passion for adventure trips, his experience in the world of technology, and his commitment to scientific research.

All of the trip details will be able to be followed online at www.telefonica.yamaha.globalrider.org, which will also include a link where donors wishing to contribute to the raising of funds for research can do so.

Once the adventure is concluded, Telefónica will send all these donations, plus the benefits resulting from the distribution rights of the documentary that will be produced by Movistar+, to the tissue regeneration with stem cells research team at the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid.

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Tony Carter

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