Today Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi raised their energy levels at the KITTE event in Tokyo, Japan. They met up with 43 passionate ASEAN Yamaha dealers, whose support leaves them fully motivated to start the Grand Prix of Japan this weekend.
Tokyo (Japan), 11th October 2017
With the Motul Grand Prix of Japan just a few days
away, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have made their ways across Europe
to Asia. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi can’t wait to start their
YZR-M1s' engines at the Twin Ring
Motegi track on Friday and kick off Yamaha’s
home race, but first they made some time to experience the Japanese passion for
As soon as the two Factory Yamaha men arrived in Japan, they were warmly welcomed by the local fans and received an equally enthusiastic greeting at the KITTE event in Tokyo today.
Forty-three of Yamaha’s top dealers from ASEAN countries (13 from Taiwan, 12 from the Philippines, 11 from Vietnam and 7 from Thailand) attended the very special get-together to show their love for the MotoGP riders and their support of the Yamaha teams.
The morning schedule of the KITTE event allowed the dealers to watch Viñales and Rossi live on stage during a Q&A session. The teammates were joined by Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s Johann Zarco and together they shared their expectations and strategies for this weekend’s race.
While Rossi had to move on to a video shoot with ENEOS, Viñales was back in the spotlight in the afternoon, after a quick lunch break and interviews. This time the two remaining MotoGP stars were also accompanied by local hero and triple Suzuka8H endurance race winner Katsuyuki Nakasuga, who will be participating as a wildcard in the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix. During the second half of the Q&A, he gave an insight into his work as the official Yamaha MotoGP test rider, developing the YZR-M1.
The KITTE event was wrapped up with a few lucky fans getting the chance to ask the riders questions face-to-face, and pose for a photo with them and 2017’s Miss Universe Japan, Momoko Abe, and her fellow beauty pageant finalists Mako Sato, Momoe Yada and Ai Kobayashi.
Besides meeting up with their MotoGP heroes, the Yamaha dealers also reminisced on Yamaha’s 500th Grand Prix victories milestone, that was achieved in Le Mans, France, this year. A "Blue" theme corner commemorated this incredible accomplishment, displaying historical Yamaha GP bikes and engines. The venue also featured a special tribute corner dedicated to Japanese rider Norick Abe, whose three 500cc wins contributed to Yamaha’s overall Grand Prix victory tally.