Jeremy Seewer is a man of many talents who knows how to get the most from his Yamaha – whether it’s his Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP YZF450FM race bike or a one of Yamaha’s high-quality Grand Pianos.
As a schoolkid Seewer spent many hours studying the piano, and sat in front of the famous tuning fork logo whilst perfecting his musical skills. Little did he know at the time that his fame would be associated with another kind of Yamaha!
Founded in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha, the original Nippon Gakki Company – later to become Yamaha Corporation – became famous for its high-quality pianos and reed organs. In 1955 Genichi Kawakami, then the 4th President of Nippon Gakki, took the momentous decision to diversify, and Yamaha Motor Company was founded. Driven by the same total commitment to innovation, technology and craftsmanship, both companies strive for excellence in their mission to deliver Kando* to their customers: Two Yamahas, One Passion!
Despite the obvious differences between dirt-bikes and pianos and their typical environments, for once Jeremy Seewer enjoyed both at the track to respectively prepare for the 2020 MXGP season and to practice his piano skills thanks to Yamaha Corporation.
The arrival of a grand piano at the Cireddu Valley Motocross Park in Southern Sardinia caused a few raised eyebrows amongst those gathered at the side of the track to watch the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP riders preparing for the 2020 season. Much to the amusement of team-mates Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus, Jeremy Seewer immediately parked his Yamaha YZF450FM and made the most of the rare opportunity to practice his piano skills on a Yamaha grand piano, while his team-mates continued riding.
“My parents were very keen for me to learn the piano when I was younger. I always enjoyed it, but I loved more to be outside on my bicycle, bike or whatever. Now I kind of regret that I stopped with it. I eventually got to a point where my whole life became focused on racing motocross, although I will always remember how to play. It is kind of like riding a bike, you don’t forget completely. I am actually dreaming of having a Yamaha Grand Piano inside my house in the future, maybe Yamaha could sort this out for,” he concluded, with a smile.
*Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.