The newly-crowned MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo rode Yamaha R3 sportsbike with thirty lucky customers in a bid to promote motorsport in the country
The 2015 MotoGP season will go down as one of the most controversial in motorcycle racing history as Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was demoted to the back of the grid for the final round in Valencia after stewards ruled him guilty of deliberately pushing Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez at the penultimate round in Malaysia.
Marc Marquez arguably did the best qualifying lap of his entire career in Valencia to sit on pole and rode brilliantly keeping the Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at bay, until the chequered flag to triumph for the third time as MotoGP world champion from 137 race starts.
His second ever visit to India was hosted at the Buddh International Circuit today as the Spanish MotoGP ace participated in a glory riding session with thirty lucky YZF-R3 customers around the world-renowned 5.13-km long track. Yamaha did bring Valentino Rossi in at the 2010 Delhi Auto Expo to emphasise its allegiance towards motorsport in the country and the growing popularity of its YZF range of sportbikes.
The 28-year-old Jorge Lorenzo from Palma started his journey as Yamaha factory rider since 2008 after winning two consecutive 250cc world championships. Since then, he became MotoGP world champion in 2010 and 2012 let alone in the recently concluded 2015 season with an awe-inspiring 39 premier class victories.
The Spaniard’s visit to India has come on the back of YZF-R3’s recent surge in sales figures in the domestic market. To promote Indian riders, the Japanese manufacturer runs an annual R15 one make championship and Jorge Lorenzo’s appearance at BIC was testament to the commitment Yamaha has put in to endorse motorcycle racing among the youth.
The YZF-R3 is powered by a 321 cc engine that produces 41.4 Bhp @10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of peak torque @9,000 rpm and mated to a Constant Mesh six-speed gearbox. It has fuel tank capacity of 14 litres and weighs 169 kg whilst capable of getting to a top speed of 188kph.