American world champion Eddie Lawson was in Japan over the weekend, putting in a promotional appearance at a vintage festival at the Suzuka circuit. Lawson is an ex-four time world champion and is only one of a few riders to win consecutive world championships on two different make of motorcycles.
Lawson rode a variety of motorcycles at Suzuka last weekend, including the Kanemoto/Rothmans NSR500 he took to the '89 title and the OW01 that he and Tadahiko Taira won the Suzuka 8 hours on in 1990 (Lawson's not too happy about having to do the 8 hour post race quote will live in paddock lore forever: "I just kept doing laps. Later, someone mentioned we won."). Lawson signed autographs for the Japanese fans and also rode an older YZR500 at the event.