Yamaha U.S. Introduces Two New Riders for the Fifth Yamaha VR46 Master Camp2018-04-21 12:29
Today Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) announced at the Grand Prix of The Americas that two U.S. bLU cRU road racers will be attending the fifth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, to be held in Tavullia, Italy, from July 27th – 31st.
This summer, 16-year-old Jackson Blackmon and 15-year-old Cory Ventura (both Graves/Yamaha-supported YZF-R3 riders in the 2018 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship) will make the trip to receive training from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP racing legend Valentino Rossi, three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli, fitness trainer Carlo Casabianca, and many more racing experts.
Blackmon and Ventura will be accompanied on the trip by Yamaha Factory Racing Ambassador and bLU cRU Rider Coach Josh Hayes.
Held at the VR46 Motor Ranch in Tavullia, which is also Rossi‘s home base, the Master Camp will take place in conjunction with the VR46 Riders Academy. Blackmon and Ventura will receive a variety of training that ranges from classroom lectures, to physical fitness, to specialized riding instruction on both asphalt and dirt.
This year's slightly revised training schedule, created by Yamaha Motor Racing and the VR46 Riders Academy, is designed to enhance young talents‘ riding skills, bike control, and choice of race line through training aboard YZR-R3s, YZ250Fs, YZ85s, go-karts, race simulators and more. The variety of riding skills on and off track, paired with technical knowledge and an extra boost in motivation, should give the new Master Camp students the edge in competition.
First ran in 2016, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp has already hosted 18 riders from 12 different countries around the world. Alumni of the Master Camp have gone on to apply their skills in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and the FIM World Supersport 300 class.
More images of the riders attending the fifth Yamaha VR46 Master Camp are available on
MOTORSPORTS RACING DIVISION MANAGER FOR YMUS
This is an amazing opportunity for Jackson and Cory, and all of us at Yamaha are thrilled that they were selected to participate in the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. Jackson and Cory are two of our best and brightest Yamaha bLU cRU road racers, and the Master Camp will serve them well not only now but as their racing careers progress.
YAMAHA FACTORY RACING AMBASSADOR / YAMAHA BLU CRU RIDER COACH
I‘m excited to be making the trip to Italy with Jackson and Cory, and to be part of their learning experience. The skills they develop during the camp will no doubt help with their ability to ride a motorcycle faster while continually strategizing during their races.
GRAVES/YAMAHA-SUPPORTED R3, #18
DoB: 18th June 2001
Birthplace: Rock Hill, SC
2017 R390 Cup (4th - 3 wins; 3 seconds; 1 third)
I'm so thankful and excited for this opportunity to go to the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp! I cannot thank Yamaha enough for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Rossi's ranch and learn from one of the sport‘s greatest-ever riders. This will be a trip I will never forget.
GRAVES/YAMAHA-SUPPORTED R3, #64
DoB: 28th February 2002
Birthplace: Palo Alto, CA
2017 R390 Cup (2nd - 4 wins; 4 seconds; 1 third)
I‘m very excited and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel to Italy and to attend the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp with four-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes and my Graves/Yamaha-supported teammate Jackson Blackmon! It has always been a dream of mine to be able to go and do something like this. I can‘t wait!
The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp
In an effort to support young Italian riders aiming to become world-class racers, Valentino Rossi decided to put his vast experience and knowledge from his many years of racing to good use in 2014 and established the VR46 Riders Academy.
In March 2016 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. entered into a formal three-year partnership agreement with the VR46 Riders Academy as an Official Partner and also as its Official Motorcycle Supplier.
In July of 2016 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and the VR46 Riders Academy staged the inaugural Yamaha VR46 Master Camp with the goal of helping selected young Yamaha talent make their way in the racing world by increasing their skills and experience.
A place in the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp can't be bought, nor can riders apply for a placement – riders are put forward by Yamaha only.
Yamaha is currently in the process of creating a step-up model and system to provide tier-based opportunities for young riders to further develop their careers.
News, images and updates from the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be posted regularly on its dedicated media channels throughout the fifth edition:
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP website: www.yamahamotogp.com
Source: Yamaha Motor Racing
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