Sagers, Romanowicz take podium at World Technician Grand Prix

Publish Date: 
Nov 15, 2012

KENNESAW, Ga. - Mark Sagers of South Valley Motorsports in Draper, Utah, and Eric Romanowicz of Mondus Motorsports in Hudson, Wis., placed second and third, respectively, in the World Technician Grand Prix (WTGP) hosted last month by Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. in Iwata, Japan.

Both service technicians are Yamaha Technical Academy Gold Level Training graduates. They earned an invitation to Yamaha's global competition by becoming U.S. Technician Grand Prix winners.

IMAGE (right): Yamaha Motor Co. president Hiroyuki Yanagi congratulates the 2012 winners of the WTGP, (left to right) Sagers, Brand, Vincent and Romanowicz.

The WTGP is an international head-to-head competition where technicians must prove their skills and knowledge by completing multiple hands-on trials and a written test.

This year’s WTGP was the fifth hosted by Yamaha over the past 12 years; 28 top technicians representing Yamaha distributors in 20 different countries competed, representing the best among Yamaha technicians worldwide, the OEM stated. “As a Yamaha technician, your position fulfills an important role with the customer,” Yamaha Motor Co. president Hiroyuki Yanagi told the competitors. “Your work always provides a val­ue-added service to differentiate us from competitors.”

The WTGP competition was won by Germany’s Thorsten Brand, while France’s Damien Vincent tied for third with Romanowicz. 

Press release posted by Mary Slepicka. Press image courtesy Yamaha.