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Yamaha MotoGP: Indonesia Welcomes Lorenzo

2011 MotoGP

Yamaha Factory Racing Team MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the first day of his Indonesian visit Friday, a key market for Yamaha and one of the most important globally for the brand.

The Mallorcan star Lorenzo was warmly welcomed as always, enjoying huge support from his millions of Indonesian MotoGP fans. This fourth trip marks Lorenzo’s first as MotoGP World Champion.

Lorenzo’s day started in Jakarta with a VIP appearance alongside Yamaha Motor Kencana Indonesia’s (YMKI’s) top management at a press conference for 150 journalists to officially introduce two new Yamaha models: the Jupiter MX and the Lexam electric moped.

YMKI’s status as Official Sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team continues this year with its slogan "Semakin Di Depan," meaning "One Step Ahead," again proudly displayed on the Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes for the 2011 MotoGP season, which Lorenzo and teammate Ben Spies will compete on.

Lorenzo was joined on stage by YMKI President and Director Dyonisium Beti; YMKI Vice President Hidefumi Seto; YMKI General Manager Promotion & Motorsport Paulus S. Firmanto; Hiroo Saito, Motorsport Development Division, YMC MotoGP Group and William Favero, Communications Manager, Yamaha Motor Racing.

After the press conference Lorenzo’s busy schedule continued with a TV shoot for a YMKI commercial film, a photo shoot and then time out to have a face mold made for a wax statue that will be placed at the entrance of one of the biggest and fastest roller-coaster of the world in Bandung, sponsored by YMKI.

On Saturday, Lorenzo will take part in a YMKI dealer meeting and then the following day he will attend a press conference in Surabaya and an exclusive meet and greet for his many loyal fans.

On Jan. 17, Lorenzo will arrive in Bali for a further press conference and photo shoot, then a second meet and greet to give his fans another opportunity to meet him in person. The reigning World Champion will remain in Bali on winter holiday until Jan. 27 before heading to Malaysia to start the first of the 2011 MotoGP tests at the Sepang circuit on the 1st February.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha MotoGP) says: "It’s a great pleasure for me to be here in Indonesia again, a place that I love and where people love me. I am honoured to attend the presentation of these two new Yamaha models, the Jupiter MX and the Lexam, both as testimonial and as Yamaha’s ambassador.

"I hope that my presence here gives a strong push to YMKI sales in Indonesia. It gives me great pleasure that my fourth visit to Indonesia is also the first one as MotoGP World Champion and is a way to thank you all for the passion and the enthusiasm you have always showed to me. ‘Semakin Di Depan’ is advice I took to my heart last season, staying one step ahead to take the title.

"I will be spending my last (and only) winter holidays here in Indonesia until the first test of the season starts in Malaysia. I am sure I will have a great time here and especially some rest and time for training.

"Honestly, having seen such evidence of the passion of the Indonesian people for MotoGP, I truly hope that MotoGP comes back to Indonesia soon. While waiting for it, I will probably have to organize some clinics here for young riders so that the passion for riding rises more and more.

"Finally, I would like to thank Beti-san and Seto-san for their invitation to me and I would like to thank the Indonesian people for their warm welcome. Again, this year, I will do my best during the MotoGP season to justify your courtesy and to thank you all for your invaluable support to me."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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