It has just been revealed by Yamaha’s U.S. Road Racing Teams that, during their recent on-track test at Thunderhill Raceway Park, the teams’ riders and crew were under near-constant surveillance by unknown entities throughout the two-day event.
According to Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., “We spotted a couple of people with cameras equipped with long-range lenses, and they positioned covertly outside the track. It looked to be a pretty well-organized group of spies. They had still cameras and video cameras, and they were trying to conceal their locations and identities. We’re still not sure who it was, but they were definitely spying on us.”
Unknown sources have also just revealed to the two Yamaha teams--Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha--that some of this surveillance footage is about to be leaked to social media channels on the Internet.
McCarty continued, “Some of our riders clearly saw individuals in hiding around the track, and these individuals were videotaping our test. In fact, at one point, I don’t think they expected Josh Hayes to be on the track at a certain time and place. Josh came by on his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1
, immediately spotted them, and decided to give them a friendly little wave.”
When asked if McCarty was upset by the surveillance, he said, “No, not at all. I’m sure whoever was taking those photos and that video footage enjoyed what they saw. Obviously, I’m anxious to see if this stuff leaks out to social media as we’ve been told, but in the long run, it’s probably good publicity for us. Yamaha had its best year ever in AMA Pro Road Racing last year, so it’s only natural that people would want to see what we have planned for 2014.”
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