Both riders have been warming up for the second official pre-season test in the Philippines on duty with Yamaha engagements, between February 16-18 but before the second pre-season test both Rossi and Vinales took time out to meet fans and honor manufacturer commitments in the Philippines.
They were joined by Yamaha President Toru Osugi, sales, and marketing director Akihiro Maruo, motorsport boss Kouichi Tsuji and Yamaha MotoGP managing director Lin Jarvis in Manila to visit the newly-opened Yamaha Monumento Station before Rossi and Vinales received a ‘Walk of Fame’ name plaque in the floor of the station.
Rossi said: “Like every year, before the tests, we do this Asian tour and it is the second time that I went to Manila. It’s always nice to go there because their passion for motorcycles is really incredible.”
“Now we focus on the test because tomorrow we will be on track and it will be a new circuit for everyone. The test in Sepang was positive and now I want to start work in Thailand to improve our M1 again.”
Vinales said: “I really enjoyed the event yesterday in the Philippines, it was incredible how many people attended the event in Manila.”
“The venue was really nice and the crowds there are always very friendly and passionate about MotoGP, this gives me extra motivation to do them proud on the new track. I will now focus on the test in Buriram because I’m impatient to ride my M1 at this new circuit.”