Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow let their artistic juices flow at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan pre-event as they each drew a Manga portrait of themselves.
The three MotoGP™ stars were given a crash course in the famous Japanese art of Manga illustrations by Ranka, one of the countries most renowned artists. The riders coloured in individual portraits of themselves drawn by Ranka as part of the official Motegi MotoGP poster, which has been very popular with fans and paddock members.
Pedrosa was the first to finish his, followed by Rossi, while Crutchlow needed help from Ranka to get his done, after claiming he was the slowest in colouring because Pedrosa had been stealing all the pens. At the end of the session the riders got to take home their self-portraits, as well as a special one done for each signed by Ranka.