Gall and Carruthers hon­oured

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Two leg­endary Yamaha riders have been in­ducted into the in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Mo­torstport Hall of Fame. In front of a packed Mel­bourne Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, life­long Yamaha am­bas­sador and four times Mis­ter Motocross Stephen Gall joined Yamaha Grand Prix rider and suc­cess­ful team man­ager Kel Carruthers in re­ceiv­ing the trib­ute. “To be stand­ing be­side this group of leg­ends is one of the ma­jor high­lights of my sport­ing life,” says Gall who has spent over 40 years with the tun­ing fork brand since first com­pet­ing on a YZ250 in 1974. 250cc World Cham­pion Carruthers, who spent most of his ca­reer with Yamaha as both a GP rider and team man­ager – and men­tor of three times world cham­pion Kenny Roberts – joined Gall and a num­ber of fel­low two and four-wheel mo­tor­sport leg­ends at the in­duc­tion. For­mula 1 cham­pi­ons Sir Jack Brab­ham and Alan Jones were in­ducted along­side tour­ing car lu­mi­nar­ies Peter Brock, Dick John­son, Allan Mof­fat and Frank Matich. A num­ber of other mo­tor­cy­clists were hon­oured in­clud­ing world cham­pi­ons Wayne Gard­ner, Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner and Troy Bayliss. Grand prix win­ner and tal­ented car racer Gregg Hans­ford was also hon­oured. YMA Di­rec­tor and Gen­eral Man­ager Steven Cot­terell com­mented: “YMA would like to con­grat­u­late all in­ductees and it is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to see our good friends Stephen Gall and Kel Carruthers hon­oured. Both are true leg­ends who are syn­ony­mous with our brand. Their pas­sion for the tun­ing forks ex­tend be­yond the prod­ucts we man­u­fac­ture, be­cause such long term sup­port in­di­cates a com­mit­ment to our or­gan­i­sa­tion and the peo­ple who work here. They re­ally are part of our fam­ily and it has been a plea­sure to share in their suc­cess.”

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