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MotoGP: Lorenzo Day 3 Indonesia Diary

2011 MotoGP News

Early on Sunday, 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo left Jakarta and flew to Surabaya, Indonesia, for some afternoon activities.

This is the third day that the reigning MotoGP champ Lorenzo has spent in Indonesia. Upon arrival at Surabaya, Lorenzo attended a press conference for 100 journalists and photographers at the JW Marriott Hotel as the MotoGP star again introduce the new Yamaha Jupiter MX.

Lorenzo then appeared at a meet and greet, where he was welcomed by over 5,000 MotoGP fans. Following the afternoon meet and greet Lorenzo was guest of honour at a formal Sushi dinner with a local Yamaha dealer and some 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 MotoGP fans another opportunity to meet him in person.

Lorenzo 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.

Following is the second installment of Lorenzo’s diaries about his visit to Indonesia.

Jorge Lorenzo says: "It’s my third day in Indonesia, my second diary and I have many surprises to tell you. I’ve never seen anything like today, especially this afternoon. It is incredible how the people from Surabaya live and breathe MotoGP and follow me.

"DBL Arena is a basketball arena and more than 5000 people were screaming and waiting for me. It was amazing! I felt like a rock star! It is much more than I expected and I thought that the welcome and the atmosphere of my last year’s visit to Jakarta would be impossible to ‘overtake’.

"Thanks Indonesia! You make me feel as if I was at home. You have been treating me like a king for three days. They have been telling me continuously: "Don’t worry about anything. We’ll take care of everything". Well, that’s the way it’s been so far, amazing!

"My journey started at 8am in Jakarta today. I trained, took a shower, took breakfast and went straight to the airport for the flight to Surabaya.

"After a quick lunch we started the Press Conference with the local Yamaha dealer, one of the most important in Indonesia. I had not even heard about Surabaya, but it is the second largest city in Indonesia, after Jakarta, with a population of approximately 6,000,000 people.

"After the press conference to introduce the new Jupiter MX to the local journalists, we moved to the DBL arena where…well, where everything happened!

"I went onto the stage riding the Jupiter, wearing an extra-terrestrial vest and surrounded by beautiful models wearing the same costume. I put the ‘Lorenzo’s Land’ flag on the ground, meaning that today Surabaya is my territory, and then I enjoyed the huge round of applause of about 5000 people who were waiting for my arrival since 7am this morning… Unbelievable!

"After that I had a contest with a videogame and I rode against 3 fans, chosen among the public. I don’t know how, but I won. Then, like on a real race, I stepped on the highest step of the podium and I thanked my fans with a fake bottle of champagne that was actually a ‘confetti-gun’, shooting coloured curls of paper.

"I stayed on the stage about 30 minutes, I got a dozen very long rounds of applause and then I got back to the hotel, where I attended a formal dinner with the local dealer and some fans. We had Japanese food and then I hit the hotel room, where I can finally write my diary and take some rest.

"Tomorrow we wake up, then it’s next stop Bali, where I will attend a press conference in the afternoon and a meet and greet with some other fans by night. Another day at the office, then finally my vacation will start. I am looking forward to it!"

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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