Rossi and Friends at the Fish Tank
by staff
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Yamaha fest at the fish tank. How many star riders can you name?
image by tim wowington

While it hasn't been held in a few years, one thing the racing industry will miss now that Laguna no longer has a MotoGP event is Yamaha's party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In the mid-2000s and beyond, Yamaha celebrated with a grand once-in-a-lifetime soiree.

To celebrate these occasions, Yamaha brought together a group of iconic Yamaha racing legends, the likes of which had never been seen before in one place...

The photo of one of these Yamaha events is like a motorcycling version of "Where's Waldo?"

Take a close look. You'll spot Yamaha roadracing legends like Giacomo Agostini, Kel Carruthers, Steve Baker, Randy Mamola, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Scott Russell, Thomas Stevens, Jamie James, and Rich Oliver; motocross luminaries like Gary Jones, Mike Bell, Broc Glover, Jeff Emig, and Doug Henry; and still-current-to-this-day riders like Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards, Jason DiSalvo, Sylvain Guintoli, and a very young Josh Herrin. Both Bostrom brothers are also in the photo, and there's even a Makoto Tamada sighting.

On those nights, at the Monterey Aquarium, and with that many Yama-men all up on one stage, the motorcycle racing globe had to have fallen slightly out of balance as it spun.


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