Factory Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies kicked off their PR trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday with a visit to meet potential racing stars of the future.
They shared some of their expert knowledge with up and coming racers in the Indonesian Yamaha R Series Cup as part of the Yamaha Coaching Clinic, giving tips on rider positioning, cornering and overtaking.
Following the morning coaching session, Lorenzo went on to help launch the new Yamaha Byson 150cc motorcycle to an audience of over 3000 dealers at an event just outside Jakarta.
“It's been a pleasure to meet the new Indonesian racers of the future,” said Lorenzo. “I think with good teachers they can be professional riders in world championships.
“It was important as well for us to see all the dealers here in Indonesia this afternoon who sell all the Yamaha bikes; I hope we helped to motivate them to achieve success in 2012.”
Spies was due to co-host the launch alongside Lorenzo, however a bout of food poisoning meant he was unable to participate.
“It's been extremely cool to come here and meet the Indonesian people” commented Spies, who was making his first visit to Indonesia. “They've been so warm and welcoming to me. I'm really sorry to have not been able to meet all the dealers this afternoon, just my luck to get struck down with a bug today.
“I'm off to Bali now to recover and take a few days rest but I'm already looking forward to another opportunity to come back here again and see everyone.”
Lorenzo and Spies will be back on their MotoGP bikes when the first test of 2012 begins at Sepang in Malaysia on January 31st.