Yamaha bikes in the Honda hall at Twin Ring Motegi, and Italian-style pasta being cooked by a Japanese chef working in an Italian restaurant in Japan. Excellent!
This week, visitors to the Honda Collection Hall at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, in Japan, will get more than they bargained for if they tour the Japanese manufacturer’s historic collection of motorcycles and cars. On the occasion of this year’s Japanese MotoGP race week, Honda have allowed Yamaha to display their racebikes as well, which have been placed amidst Honda’s own collection.
Among the Yamaha machines now being shown at Motegi are Max Biaggi’s 2002 YZR-M1, Phil Read’s 1968 RD05A, Kenny Roberts’ 1983 YZR500, John Kocinski’s 1990 YZR250 and Wayne Rainey’s 1993 YZR-M1. Yamaha are celebrating their 50th year in Grand Prix racing this year and Honda have, very graciously, allowed them to display their racebikes at the Honda facility.
Interestingly enough, it’s not just bikes that Yamaha are showing at Motegi – Yamaha Factory Racing’s chef sent three traditional Italian recipes to the ‘Grappa’ restaurant at the Motegi circuit, where the Japanese chef was quick to whip up a taste of La Dolce Vita. The Yamaha chef also dropped in to the restaurant this afternoon to share the Italian style of cooking with his Japanese counterpart.
On Sunday, selected Yamaha race bikes from the manufacturer’s illustrious racing history will take to the track – there will be a special parade featuring five historical Yamaha bikes, which will be ridden by iconic Japanese racers from the past.