Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt.
Ltd. etched yet another chapter in the history of motorsports in India by
bringing the current and three times World MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo for
the second time in India. This visit is part of Yamaha’s continued efforts to
promote motorsports in India. Lorenzo was welcomed euphorically by Indian
biking and motorsport lovers as he rode Yamaha’s flagship bike YZF-R3 on the
race track at the Buddh International Circuit.
As part of his visit to the
Buddh International Circuit, Lorenzo also met 30 lucky R3 owners, who got an
opportunity to share the same track with the champion racer as he participated
in a glory riding session with them. Speaking on the occasion, Masaki Asano,
Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are delighted
to bring Lorenzo for the second time in India and present him to the Indian
motorsport fans. Lorenzo had a superlative season this year helping Yamaha win
yet another championship and we are extremely proud of him. Motorsports has
been an integral part of Yamaha’s corporate philosophy and this visit
reiterates Yamaha’s commitment towards the promotion of motorsports in India.
The annual Yamaha R15 One Make Race Championship bears testimony to this
commitment and this visit will further establish our position as the harbinger
of motorsports in India.”
Apart from Lorenzo, Yamaha has
also hosted MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi during the 2010 Auto Expo. Lorenzo
rode the recently launched YZF-R3 and was all praise for the bike. The R3,
since its launch has received rave reviews from reviewers as well as customers
and this has resulted in huge surge in sales in the last couple of months.
Yamaha in its bid to encourage youngsters to take up motorsports offers great
deals to budding racers as part of its philosophy of promoting motorsports in
“I am extremely happy to be
back in India. I had a great experience during my last visit and this time has
been no different. I had a great season this year and I would like to thank all
my fans in India and world over for their continued support. I would also like
to thank Yamaha for organising this visit and also congratulate Team Yamaha on
our 17th world championship win”, said the current world MotoGP champion Jorge
“I would like to see more
people in India getting into motorsports and I am positive that with the kind
of passion and enthusiasm they have, we will definitely see India as a major
force in motorsports in times to come. I would also like to add that the BIC is
the fantastic track of international standards and riding the YZF-R3 with
Indian race enthusiasts was a great experience. I would definitely like to come
back here”, he added.
The 28-years old Jorge Lorenzo
joined the MotoGP Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2008 as double 250cc World
Champion, having won the title for the previous two years. Following his
outstanding debut year, Lorenzo came of age in 2009, winning four races and
pushing his team-mate Valentino Rossi to the limit throughout a superb season.
The 2010 season saw Lorenzo build on his 2009 successes, fighting at the front
to dominate the season and take the World Championship title. In 2012, Lorenzo
became the first Spanish rider to win multiple premier class titles, and is as
of 2015 the Spanish rider with the most wins in MotoGP.
Racing has been in the heart
of Yamaha ever since the company was formed in 1955. Yamaha has also set a
number of milestones in the racing world, becoming the first Japanese
manufacturer to win a 500cc Grand Prix (with Jarno Saarinen in 1973) and the
first Japanese company to win the 500cc World title, with Giacomo Agostini in
1975, the first time a two-stroke machine had won in the premier class,
showcasing the company’s then standing as the leading manufacturer of two-stroke
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