Feb 27, 2001
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A press release issued by racer Brad Bannister, Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. Public Relations Manager/Motorsports Group read:<BR><BR>During Daytona Bike Week, one of the largest motorcycle events in the country, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. will bring together motorcycle racing's greatest Champions. Yamaha is hosting<BR>its third annual "Weekend of Champions" where Yamaha road racing and motocross Champions reunite on the high-banks of Daytona Speedway. The racing legends will take part in a parade lap around the famous track kicking off the opening ceremonies of the Daytona 200 Superbike race. The<BR>Champions will sign autographs and meet fans Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are available for photographs and live or taped in-studio or remote<BR>interviews and race commentary (by appointment only). <BR><BR>WHAT: This is a rare opportunity to bring fans in-depth, one-on-one interviews with some of the greatest racers of all-time. The history of<BR>racing is best told by the sport's legends.<BR><BR>Plus autograph sessions, demo rides, and<BR>product displays will be available. <BR><BR>WHO: Road race Champions (expanded biographies available upon request)<BR><BR>Don Emde - won the Daytona 200 in 1969, emulating his father who won Daytona in 1948<BR><BR>Jamie James - holder of four AMA National<BR>racing titles <BR><BR>Eddie Lawson - Four Time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion and former National AMA Champion<BR><BR>Randy Mamola - Top World GP contender and<BR>former AMA 250cc GP Champion<BR><BR>Rich Oliver - Four Time AMA National 250cc GP<BR>Champion and former Factory Yamaha racer<BR><BR>Wayne Rainey - Three time 500cc Grand Prix Champion winner and racing legend<BR><BR>Thomas Stevens- AMA National Champion<BR><BR>Steve Baker-1978 750cc World Champion<BR><BR>Motocross Champions (expanded biographies available upon request)<BR><BR>Mike Bell - AMA Supercross national Champion from the early 1980s<BR><BR>Broc Glover - Holds six national championships <BR><BR>Doug Henry - Won 1998 Outdoor National Championship aboard history making YZ400F<BR><BR>Bob Hannah - "The Hurricane" earned six National<BR>Championships<BR><BR>Marty Moates - the first American to win the U.S. Grand Prix<BR><BR>Ernesto Fonseca - 1999 125cc Supercross Champion and currently riding the YZ250F in the 125cc class<BR><BR>Jeremy McGrath - "Showtime" McGrath is the reigning Supercross Champion with seven national titles<BR><BR>WHEN: Weekend of Champions autograph sessions<BR>Friday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. - Noon <BR>Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. - Noon<BR>Sunday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.<BR> <BR>(Lap of Champions will take place just before the start of the Daytona 200)<BR><BR><BR>Demo Ride Schedule: Ventures, Road Stars, V-Stars, V-Star 1100 Custom and Classic<BR>March 5 - March 9, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.<BR>March 10, 9:00 a.m. - Noon<BR><BR>WHERE: Yamaha Corporate Display Tent at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL)