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Another Day at the (Yamaha) Office

Published September 25th, 2006

We were invited to Yamaha USA’s Corporate Headquarters (just a few miles away from Disneyland) to see what goes on in their offices on a daily basis. And we lucked out, as all their 2007 race teams were on hand to share lunch with the office staff!



After being greeted by the nice receptionists in the lobby, we walked thru the hallways to see the various offices: sales, marketing, accounting, etc. Everyone was busy, working on computers, reading thru papers, and talking on the phone to the worldwide Yamaha network, just conducting business as usual.



We walked out behind their offices to a big grassy area, as Yamaha’s Bob Starr and Keith McCarty were talking about their race teams for 2007. They introduced their riders for supercross, road racing, freestyle, supermoto, snowmobile, and more.



Riders and teams introduced were:



Yamaha Supercross Team: Grant Langston, Broc Hepler, Josh Hill



L & M Racing Yamaha Team: Chad Reed, Nate Ramsey




(Still working on those other teams like Freestyle, Supermoto, Superbike, etc.)



Next, we toured the Yamaha race shop (lots of top secret stuff in there!). We saw suspension stuff, the dyno room, machine shop, and more.



Once back outside, we saw a competition for 3 person teams that did quick pit stops with Doug Henry and his #19 Supermoto machine.



Of course, there was food involved. (Photo-journalists never go anywhere unless there is free lunch.) Lunch was great – tortillas, beans, rice, guacamole, chicken, beef, and cookies!



We did get to interview most of the supercross riders (Reedy, Nate Dawg, Langston, Hepler) and a lot of Yamaha staff (McCarty, Perry, Starr, Brooks). You’ll be able to watch those interviews in an upcoming Supercross.com video netcast.



After lunch, freestyle riders (led by Nate Adams) put on a show for all the Yamaha employees and staff. And then, snowmobiler Jimmy Blaze did a backflip on a 500lb snowmobile! It was crazy! Watch the video here.



All in all, it was a fun day for us at Yamaha. For the Yamaha staff and employees, it was just Another Day at the Office.



Thanks Beal!



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Headquarters!

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All Yamaha’s racers for 2007

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Nate Adams

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Nate Ramsey

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Freaky! Snowmobile backflip! The Blazer!

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Broc Hepler

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Dyno room in the race shop

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The new L & M Yamaha Team

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Grant Langston

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Pit stop team competition!

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Bob Starr

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