News Wheel2Wheel February 04, 2023 By John Mendoza
Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. Hints at Possible Moto GP Factory Team Racers Visit
The last time Yamaha’s MotoGP rider graced Manila was in 2019 when Maverick Viñales was still a part of the team. Before that, we witnessed his pairing with “The Doctor” Valentino Rossi in an epic event that saw them ride in the Yamaha Grand Prix and take the LRT to the Yamaha Monumento Station. And the world has seen plenty of changes since then. A new generation of riders would carry the winning brand of Yamaha on the racetrack.
Frenchman Fabio Quartarraro became part of the Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team replacing the legendary Rossi in 2021. With all the pressure in the world, ‘El Diablo’ brought the heat in that season of racing. Despite an arm pump issue in Jerez and his leathers in Barcelona, the 2nd round victory in Qatar provided him the lift he needed. “El Diablo” was as composed as he could be and put together a fantastic season. Four more victories, 10 podium finishes, and five pole positions separated him from the pack, meriting the first MotoGP World Championship for Frenchman and his country.
Franco Morbidelli partnered with Fabio Quartararo after earning his move from the Petronas Yamaha SRT satellite outfit in the same year. Back in 2019, Morbidelli finished seven races in the top six. When the Italian won his first MotoGPTM race at Misano, things only got better for him. In the following races in Teruel and Valencia, he earned two more victories for a total of three wins in 2020. Two other podium places also helped him advance to second place in the Championship standings. Due to his success, he was among the front-runners for the crown in 2021, but a knee injury ended his campaign.
With these two headlining the pinnacle of Yamaha Racing, they stand as beacons of greatness and inspiration to aspiring Filipino riders. With such talent and skill, their mere presence would ignite the racing passion of the country. Would a pit stop in the Philippines be part of their pre-season plans? Just like many racers who came before them, a visit to the country and the love felt from avid fans would surely be a must-have experience on their part. We can only hope that before the season begins, greatness would arrive on our racetracks.
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