Ahead of Sachsenring MotoGP, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi extended his contract with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team through 2016.
The 34-year-old Italian was under great spirits all weekend as he battled his way to a fourth-place finish at the German GP. And these spirits were present when Rossi met the winners of the latest Bridgestone Club46 competition.
The Bridgestone Club46 star prize winners were Karl Lemmet of France and Carlos Gomez Perez of Spain. These two won flights, accommodation and paddock passes for the German MotoGP, along with a meet and greet with Rossi, who is currently third in the MotoGP Championship.
Karl Lemmet said: “When I was told I’d won I couldn’t believe it, I went on to the Bridgestone Club46 website to see if it was true and when I saw my name I was so happy. It was so great to meet Valentino, he is such a great rider and always happy and laughing.
“To meet him and shake his hand was just amazing, the whole thing was a wonderful experience. We also got to go inside the garage which I wasn’t expecting, we got to see the bikes, the computers, where he sits and everything; it was so amazing for us!”
Carlos Gomez Perez said: “When Bridgestone phoned me to tell me I’d won I couldn’t believe it. Meeting Valentino was incredible, I think he is the best rider in history so to meet him was unbelievable. The bike was beautiful, it is very impressive when you see it up close. Thank you very much to Bridgestone for the opportunity, I am so happy!”
Want to have the chance to meet Rossi? It’s possible through the Bridgestone Club46 competition, which, unfortunately for US fans, is only available in Europe.
For those overseas, visit www.bridgestoneclub46.eu for additional information.