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MotoGP Champ Rossi Pays 1st Visit to India

Monday, January 11, 2010
Rossi visits India for the very first time.
MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi made his first visit to India this past weekend. Does this mean that India is in line to be a future site for MotoGP racing?
MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi made his first trip to India this weekend as he visited the Yamaha motorbike pavilion at the 2010 Auto Expo. Besides meeting with Yamaha senior executives and officers, Rossi also held a press conference for the crowd of over 300 Yamaha dealers and press members who gathered for an opportunity to meet the World Champion.

"This is my very first visit to India and I am impressed by the beauty of this country, although sadly I did not have much time to visit Delhi." Rossi said. "I hope to be able to come back soon and have more time to enjoy this place.”

During Rossi’s visit, the Italian rider was introduced to Mr. Yukimine Tsuji, CEO and Managing Director of India Yamaha Motor and Pankaj Dubey, National Business Head of India Yamaha Motor.

Rossi finished off his two-day trip by meeting John Abraham, one of the biggest Indian film stars who also serves as an ambassador for Yamaha India.

“Yamaha has been doing great things here and the positive response from the market is the evidence that they have been going in the right direction. The new models YZF-R15
Rossi and John Abraham
Indian actor John Abraham (left) gives the crowd a big thumbs-up during his on-stage meeting with Rossi.
and FZ16, which are less-powerful replicas of the R1 and the Fazer, are definitely appropriate for this market and for the characteristics of the traffic here in India. In fact I am amazed at the traffic and the incredible numbers of cars and bikes on the road all the time, by day and night! It was great to see John Abraham, I met him a few years ago when he came to a race so it was nice to see him in his own country, where he is very famous!” Rossi said.

India is one of the fastest-growing markets for two-wheeled transportation. As a country, it purchases the second-most motorcycles in the world and has seen a recent transition from small-displacement scooters to larger displacement motorcycles. Rossi’s visit also helped promote MotoGP to a potential market for a future race site.

“I hope that one day we will have the chance to race here," Rossi said to the crowd.
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R34 -Rossi to promote...another race to the existing schedule?  January 12, 2010 11:18 AM
cool, more races is always better.
Tyler -Rossi  January 12, 2010 11:15 AM
I'm sure Vale can cope with a few of these publicity stunts in the off season, going home knowing you're one of the wealthiest athlete's on the planet is bound to help. What kind of little Indian market bike is that? A 125 whizzer from Yama-jammer?
theunderground -rossi  January 12, 2010 10:45 AM
Well, Rossi is certainly no Brad Pitt either.
Chuckles -Haha..Look at Rossi  January 12, 2010 10:27 AM
Look at the guy to Rossi's right! He is eye-balling the champ. It is rumored that Val hates this stuff. Does he look happy top be there? Nope. I say he will be riding Ducati and only doing appearances for pretty people in 2011.
not brown -india  January 11, 2010 09:57 PM
Why do they all look angry?