North Carolinian to Represent USA in Yamaha Technician CompetitionA Yamaha technician from North Carolina, will represent the United States at a...

A Yamaha technician from North Carolina, will represent the United States at a competition of international Yamaha-trained technicians taking place this October.

The World Tech­nician Grand Prix will be held at Yamaha world headquarters in Iwata, Japan. Steve Maltba of Fayetteville Powersports beat out a host of U.S. competition for the honor. He and five other Yamaha Technical Academy Gold Level training graduates earned invitations to this year’s competition by achieving the highest scores in YTA Gold classes conducted between fall 2013 and spring 2016.

Finishing second and third, respectively, were Joshua Fugate of CC Powersports in Louisville, Kentucky, and Bryan Harner of Wild West Yamaha Camp Hill in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

“Each of the Technician Grand Prix contestants performed exceptionally well under extreme pressure,” said Colin Haugh, national service manager of Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A.’s Customer Support Group. “This training and competition ultimately refines each participant’s skills and abilities to handle everyday customer issues.”

There are more than 30,000 YTA-trained technicians worldwide.