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Yamaha stars meet Jay Leno

On their way to Laguna Seca for this weekend's US Grand Prix, three of Yamaha's present MotoGP stars - plus some past champions - made a detour to the LA suburb of Burbank, home to Jay Leno's famous 'Big Dog Garage.'

Leno, host of the Tonight Show, is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame and his garage - actually a 70,000 sq. ft. complex with several full time employees - houses over 200 motorcycles and cars, ranging from pioneer motorcycles like his 1918 Pope to an 800-horsepower 'Ecojet' car tuned to run on recycled cooking oil.

The latest addition to Leno's fleet is an ex-Eric Bostrom 2008 AMA Superbike R1, which was given to Leno during the visit as a surprise gift.

Leno only expected to host a dinner for Yamaha's MotoGP riders, which included championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, Tech 3 riders Ben Spies and Colin Edwards and Yamaha legends Kenny Roberts Sr, Eddie Lawson, and Wayne Rainey.

"There are so many vehicles in here," said Lawson, "that are just works of art."

When he posed for photos with Lorenzo, Spies, and Edwards, Leno quipped: "Yeah, this is great - I love being the slowest guy in the room."



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DrifterJake

July 22, 2010 7:29 PM
Last Edited 2332 days ago

"Standing up on it for a several hour long event probably wouldn't be the best choice." Chairs were invented centurys ago! "rossi's doesnt have time to waste on this pr crap, he's a racer," Don't kid yourself, Rossi is ALL about the PR! "plus he's bigger than all those guys put together." Nope, Leno appears to be bigger! :)

Olek - Unregistered

July 22, 2010 7:16 PM

Not trying to defend Rossi, (the rossi haters will say I am anyways so whatever) but maybe Yamaha didn't want Rossi there? Maybe he has signed with Ducatti and Yamaha doesn't want him there because he is already associated with Duc, and maybe that's why lorenzo and spies are "building a rapport"? Personally, I think Spies will beat lorenzo given equal billing at Yamaha, and maybe, just maybe, he might not worry about not being favored, as USA is a bigger market than Spain. Love him or hate him, Rossi has done more for the sport than any other single figure in the last ten years, and winning on a much poorer bike when he first came to Yamaha solidifies him as one of the greats.



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