Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales had the honour to be the first MotoGP rider to enter the revamped Kyalami International Race Track, in South Africa yesterday.
The historic track – which last hosted World Superbike in 2010 – has been extensively modified and upgraded by its new owners, after being auctioned off in 2014.
Vinales, who was taking part in the Yamaha R World Event, started proceedings with a private test session followed by a six-lap run accompanied by local Superbike and Supersport riders, plus ten lucky Yamaha customers, riding R1 and R6 bikes.
The morning session was followed by lunch and a press conference.
“The R World Riding Experience was so good! I really liked riding the bike and I‘ve been enjoying my stay in South Africa and riding at the Kyalami International Race Track a lot,” Vinales said.
“The people that I met here were great and we had a lot of fun. A lot of fans came here, I‘m really happy and I appreciate the fans’ and also the staff‘s support. I‘m just really glad to be here and I for sure would like to come back.
“The track is really nice, it‘s like an old-school style track and I‘ve been enjoying riding the R1.”
After the event, Vinales had some time left to enjoy sunny Cape Town before going on a well-deserved holiday.
The Spaniard, who won three races during his first Yamaha MotoGP season, will be back on his M1 during the Sepang test in late January.