Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is pleased to announce its complete schedule of customer-focused activities for the July 19-21 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
Many of the activities during the weekend will take place in the Yamaha Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway. This will be the 8th consecutive year for the Yamaha Marketplace and for Yamaha’s ongoing partnership with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“It’s hard to believe that we’re already in our 8th year of working with Yamaha to bring motorcycle road racing fans the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix,” commented Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “It’s been a perfect partnership, and Yamaha has been a big part of making the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix a memorable event and huge success each year. They are truly like family to us!”
The Yamaha Marketplace will be open on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 8 AM to 6 PM, and on Sunday, July 21 from 8 AM to 5 PM. Making their first public appearances will be the all-new 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 three-cylinder Super Sport bike and 2014 Yamaha YZ250F Motocross bike. And, this year, for the first time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, you’ll be able to demo a 2014 Star Bolt or selected 2013 Star motorcycle. Demos will take place at the Yamaha Marketplace on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM; or Sunday, July 21 from 9 AM to 12 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.
A favorite for kids and parents alike, Yamaha’s Learn-To-Ride Program gives children under the age of 12 the opportunity to try out a TT-R50 and TT-R110 in a controlled environment, complete with instruction and supervision by American Supercamp’s Danny Walker and his expert team. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to experience the TT-Rs with their class-leading features such as electric start, automatic-clutch transmissions, and YZ styling. The TT-R Demos will take place Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm in the Yamaha Marketplace. Full safety gear is provided, and all riders will receive a complimentary digital photo of their experience.
Conducting special seminars throughout the weekend will be Yamaha Champions Riding School instructors Nick Ienatsch and Ken Hill. Their presentation, titled “Champion’s Habits,” can help every level of rider to improve their skills both on the track and the street. Mr. Daytona himself, Scott Russell, might make a surprise appearance to share some of his enormous wealth of knowledge with everyone in attendance (check the schedules posted in the Yamaha Marketplace for seminar times).
On Saturday night from 6 to 7 PM, Yamaha and GE Capital welcome Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, along with Monster Energy Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, to the stage for a question-and-answer session hosted by popular MotoGP commentators Nick Harris and Gavin Emmett. Fans are encouraged to join in the fun with questions of their own for these MotoGP stars.
On Sunday from 12:35 to 12:50 PM, XDL Street Freestyle Champion Bill Dixon will take his Yamaha YZF-R6 stuntbike out on the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca course for a high-energy demo full of stoppies, burnouts, and backwards wheelies. Bill will also be conducting demos throughout the weekend in the lakebed area and hosting seminars in the Yamaha Marketplace explaining what it takes to become an XDL Street Freestyle Champion (check the schedules posted in the Yamaha Marketplace for seminar times).
On Sunday, from 1 to 1:45 PM in the Yamaha Marketplace, say hello to three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate and 2012 SuperBike Rookie of the Year Josh Herrin, and 2013 Daytona 200 winner Cameron Beaubier and his teammate Garrett Gerloff of the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike team as they greet fans and sign autographs. Also on hand to sign autographs and meet fans will be Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Yamaha R1 SuperBike rider Larry Pegram, Meen Motorsports Yamaha R6 Daytona SportBike rider Jake Lewis and R6 SuperSport rider Wyatt Farris, along with RoadRace Factory Yamaha R6 DSB riders Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach and R6 SuperSport rider Tomas Puerta.
Other attractions in the Yamaha Marketplace include the Star Bike Night truck complete with interactive activities; the Yamaha Jumbotron that will be showing live, on-track racing action all weekend long; a live Music DJ; Free Concerts presented by GE Capital; and Free Espressos. In addition, Free Yamaha Commemorative Visors will be given away at selected times each day (check the schedules posted in the Yamaha Marketplace for giveaway times).
To purchase a Yamaha MotoGP VIP Package* for the entire Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix weekend, which includes a Friday/Saturday/Sunday General Admission Ticket, a 3-day Paddock Pass, a Saturday and Sunday Turn 4 Grandstand Seat, a Yamaha-Only Motorcycle Parking Pass, an on-track Friday Fan Lap, Lunch at a special VIP Hospitality Area located in the AMA Paddock, a VIP Tour of the racing transporters, a Photo Session with the team bikes, a Yamaha Commemorative Visor, and a Yamaha Commemorative Lanyard, please visit this SPECIAL TICKETMASTER LINK.