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Top racers Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales kick off Yamaha Grand Prix 8

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 30 Jan 2017, 11:33am

Top racers Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales kick off Yamaha Grand Prix 8

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Last Saturday, Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. transformed the vast parking space of Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City into a sports bike race track to stage the Yamaha Grand Prix 8. Hundreds of participants took part in Yamaha’s first big event in 2017, in which they got an opportunity to showcase their prowess in the race circuit using Yamaha motorcycles. Select Yamaha motorcycles were put in the spotlight during the event, consisting of seven categories for novice, intermediate, and expert riders: 150 Open UB F.i, 130 Open UB, 115 Vega Force i SS, Sniper 150 MXi, 160 AT Open, Fun Race UB F.i, and Fun Race AT F.i. However, this year’s edition of the Yamaha Grand Prix 8 is top-billed by the arrival of world-renowned motorcycle racers Valentino Rossi (#46) and Maverick Viñales (#25). Currently members of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, the two racers performed the opening laps to officially open the Yamaha Grand Prix 8.

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Scroll down to see more of the highlights and sidelights of the Yamaha Grand Prix 8 in photos. You may also look back at our coverage of the previous editions of the Yamaha Grand Prix through the following links:

Yamaha Grand Prix 6 (2015)

Yamaha Grand Prix 7 (2016)

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