Yamaha-Honda East service technician wins 2013 Grand Prix

Publish Date: 
Jul 23, 2013

KENNESAW, Ga. — Jeff Eckman of Yamaha-Honda East in Maumee, Ohio, is the crowned 2013 champion of the Yamaha U.S. Technician Grand Prix.

Eckman emerges as champion from a two-day tech skills competition that included routine service on a 2013 YZF-R6, head gasket replacement on a 2013 YZ450F and electrical troubleshooting on a 2013 Star Raider SCL, among other tests.

PHOTO: From left: 2013 USTGP third-place finisher Matt Russell, Wild West Motorsports; 2013 USTGP champion Jeff Eckman; Al Kato, vice president-Yamaha Customer Support Division; and Hiro Kimura, general manager of Yamaha service operations worldwide. (Yamaha press image)

Eckman was followed on the podium by David Speeks of Houston Motorsports in Texas and Matt Russell of Wild West Motorsports in Greeley, Colo.

The competition was held at Yamaha’s 2014 dealer meeting. Eckman will represent the U.S. at Yamaha’s World Technician Grand Prix next year at the company’s headquarters in Iwata, Japan.

“Yamaha is extremely proud of how well each 2013 USTGP contestant performed under extreme pressure and the watchful eyes of our expert judges,” said Frank Pittman, general manager of Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A.’s Customer Support Group. “Their years of Yamaha training provided the solid footing needed to quickly diagnose and address the competition’s technical challenges. Their participation live at the dealer meeting also prepares them to handle every day customer issues, which is the most important test of all."

Six Yamaha Technical Academy Gold Level Training graduates were invited to compete. All had the top scores among the 160 dealership technicians who received their training this year, the company said.

Posted by Cynthia Furey