Bevan’s Triumph Beyond Delay
Yamaha's Global Technician Grand Prix 2023
As 2019 drew to a close, Bevan Holmes from Brisbane's TeamMoto Yamaha Northside was on top of the world. Having beaten Australasia's best Yamaha technicians to claim overall honours in the biennial Yamaha Technical Academy Oceania Technician Grand Prix, Bevan eagerly anticipated his appearance at the World Technician Grand Prix to be held at Yamaha Motor Head Office in Japan. The excitement was intense, not just for Bevan but for all the top-tier technicians from around the globe who had also won their way through to the prestigious event.
Unfortunately, the pandemic-induced global shutdown of 2020, forced organisers to postpone the highly anticipated event indefinitely. The announcement was a significant setback for Bevan who had studied and trained long and hard to build on his 14-years of experience as a Yamaha technician to claim the Oceania title at just his third attempt.
"It was a relief to get the opportunity to finally visit Japan and receive such a warm reception from the wonderful YMC team"
After three years of waiting, the world finally broke free of the travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic, and as 2023 rolled on, an ambitious plan was launched by YMC to host a specially modified version of the Word Technician Grand Prix. The event would finally celebrate the outstanding group of global technicians who had topped the class of 2019.
When the long-awaited call finally came, notifying Bevan he was headed to Japan to visit Yamaha Motor Company (YMC) head office and join 17 other champions from across the globe, it marked the end of a long wait he wondered If it would ever happen.
“It was a relief to get the opportunity to finally visit Japan and receive such a warm reception from all of the Yamaha staff,” revealed Bevan.
“They really made us feel special and very welcome, and I would like to thank then for their wonderful hospitality.”
The official ceremony was held at the impressive Yamaha Communication Plaza, the world-renowned building that showcases a vast exhibition of past and present Yamaha products.
Yamaha Motor Company's president, Mr. Yoshihiro Hidaka, delivered a speech during the ceremony, expressing gratitude for technicians worldwide who support the Yamaha brand with their expertise and exceptional customer service. He emphasised Yamaha's commitment to the Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA), enhancing product knowledge and fostering customer satisfaction.
Following the address, Mr. Hidaka presented each contestant with their well-deserved trophies. While the usual competition to establish the world's finest Yamaha technician could not be held this time, Yamaha Motor provided Bevan and his wife Joanne with a wonderful immersive experience in Japanese culture.
Included in the unique experience was a guided tour of the Yamaha factory, offering a rare insight into Yamaha's world-leading manufacturing processes. There was also a visit to the Yamaha test track, where Yamaha products have been tested for decades.
In the evening, a welcome dinner surprised all technicians with heartfelt video messages from dealership owners and colleagues, congratulating them on their remarkable achievements.
The final day saw the group travel to Tokyo via the famous Shinkansen Bullet train. There, contestants experienced traditional Japanese ceremonies and marvelled at the sights of the vibrant city.
“I felt honoured to represent Teammoto and Australasia after winning the Tech GP and will always proudly express the wonderfully kind and generous nature of Yamaha as an organisation,” said Bevan looking back in the amazing trip.
Bevan's exceptional journey exemplifies individual achievement and the global camaraderie among Yamaha technicians dedicated to delivering excellence in aftersales support.
In recognition of Bevan's unwavering dedication to the Yamaha brand, ongoing support for YTA programs, and daily commitment to Yamaha customers at TeamMoto dealership, Yamaha Motor Australia & Yamaha Motor New Zealand extend heartfelt thanks.