by Steve Cox
Anaheim I Press Day Part TwoSaturday, January 3, 2009 | 4:23 AM
After the initial interviews, the riders - both Lites and 450 - took to the track and put in some laps. One casualty was Star Racing's Brock Tickle, who cased one of the track's two triples severely enough that it looked as if he broke his jaw on impact. Stay tuned for more on his status later on.
Then, following the riding sessions, Yamaha announced their new sponsors, including Tag Metals (handlebars, etc.), Factory Effex (graphics), Axio (bags), Mechanix Wear (mechanics' gloves), G2 Ergonomics (throttle cams), and Lightspeed (carbon-fiber guards), to add to their list of carry-over sponsors, including GYT-R, Yamalube, Akrapovic (exhausts), Vortex, Bridgestone, DID, Cycra, Braking ad VP Fuels.
Following the Yamaha intro was the Thor intro, where Thor and Moose-sponsored riders all sat down with Rob Buydos and fielded questions from the audience.