Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales back in Asia
After a quick visit to Indonesia at the end of January, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are back on tour in Asia.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders look forward to riding their YZR-M1s for the first time at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand tomorrow, during the second official IRTA 2018 pre-season test, but first they paid a visit to the Philippines to say hello to their fans at the ‘Time2Rev’ event, and met up with the local media and Yamaha dealers at Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. (YMPH)‘s 2018 Dealer Conference.
The teammates had a busy day ahead of them. They had to get up early and were soon joined by YMPH President Mr. Toru Osugi and YMPH Sales and Marketing Director Akihiro Maruo, as well as Yamaha Motor Racing President and General Manager of Motorsports Development Division, Kouichi Tsuji and Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis, to use the Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) to ride LRT line 1 from Roosevelt Station to the newly opened Yamaha Monumento Station.
Having arrived at their destination after a smooth and quick journey, Rossi and Viñales acquired their own personal ‘beep cards’ for a quick demonstration of the gates at the entrance of the Yamaha Monumento Station. It was then time for a Q&A with YMPH‘s VIPs and guests, who all live and breathe racing, and were full of questions for their heroes.
Subsequently, Rossi and Viñales‘celebrity status in the Philippines was underlined with the ceremonial unveiling of their personal ‘Walk of Fame’-inspired name plaques, inserted in the floor of the station.
After a quick photo opportunity, the group moved on to 10th Avenue, located in the Caloocan City area, to join the hustle and bustle of this ‘motorcycle business capital’. The busy main street – filled with shops that offer parts and accessories for motorcycles – was turned into a big Yamaha venue, with various promotional activities.
Rossi and Viñales had a quick look at the various Yamaha bike models on display at the ‘Time2Rev’ event, before they were asked on stage to give a short speech and show their support for the local Yamaha racers by handing out certificates.
After posing with the winners of the Yclub Gallery, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP men headed straight to the Dealer Conference, held at the Seda Vertis North Hotel in the Quezon City Area, where the media and a big group of Yamaha dealers and distributors had assembled for another Q&A and photo opportunity.
Warmly greeted as they entered the stage, the riders stayed for a while to help present the MIO models, a youthful and trendy bike range for millennials that aims to make them “unstoppable”.
Rossi and Viñales ended the day with some one-on-one interviews with the local media, before they headed to the airport.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are now making their way to Thailand for today‘s Yamaha Motorsports Press Conference 2018, followed by the Buriram MotoGP Official Test held from February 16th – 18th.