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.