Schultz Motorsport's Darrin Ostapowich Crowned Yamaha Tech GP Canadian Champion

July 2012 Powersport News

After months of arduous tests and interviews, the top 10 Yamaha technicians from across Canada arrived at Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. headquarters in Toronto for the 2012 Technician Grand Prix. Competitors were put through ten skill-testing labs that included troubleshooting mechanical issues, precision measurement and customer service interviews.

By the end of the competition, Darrin Ostapowich of Schultz Motorsports in Kamloops, BC, was awarded the title of Tech GP Champion. Watch the highlights here.  

The Tech GP is a contest that pits the very best technicians from countries the world over to promote Yamaha's worldwide service network. So, the journey doesn't end here for Ostapowich. In October, he will fly to Japan to represent Canada in the Yamaha Motor Technician World Championships. To prepare for the World Finals, Ostapowich said, "The studying won't stop until October. I'll try to replicate the challenges we had here in Toronto while re-discovering the old fundamentals, making sure they're good and strong and coming forth to the new technologies we now see."

For Canadian dealers and their technicians, Tech GP is a very prestigious incentive rewarding their on-going training (Yamaha Technical Academy) as well as a level of excellence and commitment.

Finishing in second place was Nick King from Vernon Motorsports Ltd. in Vernon, BC. Rounding out the top three was Mathieu Talbot from R.P.M. Rive Sud in Lévis, Québec.

Canadian Technician GP Finalists

Technician Name

Dealer Name



Fabien Demers

Harricana Adventures



Alain Piuze

S.M. Sport Inc.



Mathieu Talbot

R.P.M. Rive Sud



Bruce Hollands

Haliburton Outdoor Equipment Ltd.



Quang Le

Proline Motorsports & Marine Inc.



Gregory Zeniuk

Riverside Yamaha/Suzuki

St. Albert


James Bettenson

Scanalta Power Sales Ltd.

Hines Creek


Brett Hart

Cycle Work Foothills Ltd.


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