Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales return to the Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2018 07:53 PM
Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales return to the Philippines
Rossi, Vinales in Manila to visit the newly minted LRT “Yamaha Monumento Station”, part of a station improvement project for better customer service. (Photo from The Score via Twitter @TheScorePH)

No more than a year ago the Philippines witnessed the legend, Valentino Rossi, alongside his newest teammate, Maverick Vinales, a tandem that proved to be formidable in the MotoGP.

After a season together, Rossi and Vinales kick off their newest campaign with a trip the Philippines. The sunny climate, warmth of the locals, and relentless support of Filipinos is a welcome boost.

Their first stop is the newly minted “Yamaha Monumento Station”. It’s fitting that Yamaha’s most influential racers introduce this landmark of passion. This is the first-ever Yamaha train station, an icon for inspiring passion in every Filipino. 


Their visit may be brief but it won’t be easily forgotten. They leave behind their own “Yamaha Star” and can be seen by anyone who goes to the station.

Next, the 2 racers met with their legion of fans in the 10th Avenue of Caloocan. It was a Yamaha festival that covered over three blocks and welcomed all kinds of riders, enthusiasts, and admirers. 

“The Doctor” and “Top Gun” were showered with love on Valentine’s Day from loyal fans. They gave love back by giving a special recognition to the Yamaha Grand Prix riders who won the overall social media votes for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, as well as the Wild Card entries. They also gave away signed t-shirts, and enthusiastically answered questions from their audience.

After enjoying some time with their fans, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales went to the Seda Hotel in Vertis North for their Press Conference. This was also the venue where they met with dealers from Yamaha and shared their own thoughts about the different products of Yamaha and how the brand fuels the dreams of future riders in the country.

It was a long day for both but it was full of joy and passion. No doubt, it will be a cherished experience. One that they carry in their hearts as they begin a new chapter of the MotoGP season.

But the departure of the riders was only the halfway point of Yamaha’s Time 2 Rev. Yamaha introduces its latest campaign “We are Mio” spearheaded by their Automatic Motorcycles. 


The All New Mio Sporty, Mio I 125, Mio Soul I 125, and Mio Aerox aren’t just machines. They are vessels that represent the culture of riding, where you never go off trend no matter your age. Each AT is represented by Miollennials; Boy Band PH, Nadine Lustre, Matteo Guidicelli, and Drew Arellano. They embody passion for riding in every kind of lifestyle. 

The campaign was introduced in the Seda Hotel for the Yamaha dealers. All of whom were whisked to Yamaha Monumento station together with the Miollennials. To culminate the activity, it was a party at the 10th avenue for all in attendance. 

It was the first public introduction of the campaign and its ambassadors. The main theme? To be unstoppable with the Yamaha Mio.

An entire day was dedicated to enriching the love for riding. It was valentines after all, and all forms of affection was welcome on a day. For Yamaha it wasn’t just about the motorcycles, the riders, the ambassadors, it was all about revving your heart.

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