St. Albert mechanic revved up for Yamaha competition


A mechanic from St. Albert’s Riverside Motosports will compete against seven other Canadians for the chance to represent the country at the Yamaha World Technical Grand Prix.

On July 24, Rob Daye flew to Yamaha Canada’s head office in Toronto for a two-day, head-to-head competition that will determine who is Canada’s top Yamaha technician. He passed preliminary screenings with flying colours, acing tests on both theoretical knowledge and the Yamaha diagnostic software. Next, he’ll test his practical skills and customer service abilities at the national level.

“A challenge would be nice. It’s not just about a grand finale of a win. It would be nice to have some good competition and then maybe walk away with something,” Daye said.

The winner of the Canadian Grand Prix will advance to the world competition in October, held at Yamaha headquarters in Iwata, Japan. 2018 will be the eighth competition for this bi-annual event.

Daye got through preliminary rounds in 2014, but dropped out of the competition when his father passed away in the summer. He said the timing of the competition in the past hadn’t worked out for him, but this year he is ready to go.

Daye said he’s looking forward to working on the Yamaha motorcycles in the competition because Yamaha is known for quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. He owns two Yamaha stunt bikes and one dirt bike.

“Quality is their forté. There’s this ease of how to work on (Yamaha bikes) from a mechanical standpoint. It’s what Yamaha is known for – longevity and durability.”



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