Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans during Friday’s weather delay. (Photo: Dorna Communications)
All on-track activity was cancelled Friday at Twin Ring Motegi due to poor weather conditions, but that didn’t put a damper on the festivities happening in the MotoGP paddock.
The Japanese crowd, which is known for being dedicated and loyal, decided to stick around despite the lengthy delay. Several riders – including Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa – rewarded them by signing autographs and taking photographs.
They quickly turned a dreary day in to one filled with life and laughter. It was truly an outstanding moment, and is reflected in many of the photographs circling the garage.
We wanted to share some of our favorites with you…
Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)
Now it’s mini-Rossi’s turn. How adorable is this? (Photo: Dorna Communications)
Reigning World Champ Jorge Lorenzo is a huge hit in Japan. (Photo: Dorna Communications)
American Nicky Hayden signing autographs. (Photo: Getty Images)
Another American, Colin Edwards, showing the fans some love. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dani Pedrosa tries his hand at signing a few autographs. (Photo: Getty Images)
Selfie-time with Cal Crutchlow. (Photo: Getty Images)
Moto3 points leader Luis Salom is all smiles. (Photo: Getty Images)
Check out these Pol Espargaro glasses. Stylish! (Photo: Getty Images)
Be careful sleeping the garage, Jordi Torres. Your team might pull a prank. (Photo: Getty Images)
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One more look at mini-Lorenzo and mini-Rossi. Outstanding! (Photo: Getty Images)