Tony Iio, president of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Co. and former Yamaha racing executive, retired this week.
Iio, or as former World Champion Kenny Roberts called him, “Mr. 100 percent,” was instrumental in the early racing careers of many riders. He also helped to bring Scott Russell to Florida for his 1997 and 1998 wins at the Daytona 200 for Yamaha. Iio also spent many years during the late ’80s at Ohlins suspension company in Sweden working directly with Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey on suspension components for their YZR500s.