Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo (as seen here in Phillip Island) dazzled the crowd during a recent visit to the Thailand Yamaha Motor Factory.
Meeting with Factory President Frank Nagashima and Chief Operating Officer Praphan Phornthanavasit, Lorenzo took a tour of the factory and met some of the 3,000 workers that produce Yamaha’s biggest selling motorcycle in Thailand, the Fino 115cc. Despite having a huge population of motorcycle riders, the residents of this country rarely get the opportunity to watch or meet the stars of the sport.
After the tour and a press conference, Lorenzo donned his race leathers and test rode a specially decorated No. 99 Yamaha R1. This was the first time Gorgeous George has been riding since off-season surgery on his left collarbone in mid-November. He proved to be on the mend by showcasing his abilities on two wheels, which included a burnout in front of 800 people.
At the end of the day, Lorenzo was pleased to be a part of the ceremony. “It is incredible to see so many happy people here in Bangkok, where they don’t get to see this kind of event very often. Motorcycling is not one of the most popular sports here but it is certainly one of the most important businesses. To be able to come here and give the people at Yamaha a boost gives me a lot of pride. Tomorrow we’ll head to Indonesia and I’m sure we’ll find out even more about the secrets of this great brand,” said Lorenzo.