The Master Camp Riders Go into Overdrive on Day 3

2019-05-25 09:57
The third day of the 7th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp was especially designed to bring together what the riders had learned so far, combining all the practical skills gained in the past few days.

The third day of the 7th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp was a whirlwind of racing activity that saw the five riders return to Valentino Rossi‘s Motor Ranch in the morning and finish the day off with a riding session at the Galliano Park MiniGP track with the VR46 Riders Academy‘s Niccolò Antonelli.

The Netherlands‘ Finn de Bruin (18), Italy‘s Kevin Sabatucci (20) and Jacopo Facco (19), France‘s Andy Verdoïa (16), and Spain‘s Beatriz Neila (17) needed little time to get up to speed on the third day. The riders reunited with flat track expert Marco Belli to further build on their control when sliding the bike and were quick to pick up the pace after a few practice laps.

Noticing the great progress the riders had made, Belli suggested to end their flat track training in style with an Americana race. It was a close battle, but in the end it was Sabatucci who took the chequered flag ahead of Verdoïa, with Facco taking third.

After the morning session at the VR46 Motor Ranch, the six students‘ efforts were rewarded with a lunch at the Ristorante e Pizzeria da Rossi in Tavullia, but soon the young hopefuls had to rush to their next appointment.

They hopped into their van and hurried to the Galliano Park MiniGP track, where six YZ85s waited, nicely lined-up. The riders were soon asked to join a rider briefing on the track‘s lay-out with yesterday‘s instructor Niccolò Antonelli, before they could change into their leathers and rev up the 85cc-engines.

As Galliano Park is quite twisty and technical, the riders needed a few laps riding behind Niccolò, but they quickly got the hang of it and started to have fun during a couple of free practice runs. The timing showed the young talent made great improvements as they began to make the connections between what Antonelli explained and what they had learned yesterday at the VR46 Motor Ranch and at the Autodromo di Modena. Facco set the fastest time, ahead of Verdoïa in second and Sabatucci in third place. De Bruin was the rider that improved the most, finding 1.6s over the course of the afternoon.

The proud teacher of the day stated, “I rode a lot with them on the Galliano Park track on Day 3, to help them learn the right lines – or at least the lines that I think are good, because even I can improve here. Still I saw them make a lot of progress, and when they were riding behind me, they really understood. I showed them the lines and also some places where they could overtake, and they learned from it and maybe even picked up a bit of my riding style. Especially Fin, the Dutch guy, learned a lot and made a big step, so I‘m really happy about that, and I hope they all enjoyed the riding experience with me.”

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“It was an amazing day! In the morning we went to the VR46 Motor Ranch again, which I enjoyed a lot. Riding at the Ranch of Vale gives an amazing feeling, so I was really happy. I want to thank him for the opportunity, as well as our teacher Marco Belli, who teaches us so enthusiastically. In the afternoon we went to Galliano Park to ride the MiniGP bikes. It was a very fun afternoon, because we learned to ride another track, so thanks to Yamaha and VR46 again. I can‘t wait to find out what they have in store for us on Day 4!”

“The Day 3 experience I had was really good. In the morning we did an Americana race and it was very nice. I had such a hard fight with Kevin for the win, so that was something I really enjoyed! In the afternoon we rode on the Galliano Park track with the 85cc bikes. It‘s a technical track, but we got to ride around it with Niccolò Antonelli. He gave us some tips on how to be faster in the corners and that was great. The track actually is also quite good for physical training because of the fast direction changes. We did a little qualifying session and in the combined times I finished second, so I‘m happy.”

“We had a really fun day at the Ranch, and I learned a lot! I practised what I learned in the past few days and also really enjoyed the activities at Galliano Park. I really like this track, because – though it's small – it‘s quite technical and demands a lot of concentration. The YZ85 bikes are a lot of fun to ride. In the end I set the best combined practice time, so I‘m very happy about this!”

“On Day three we did a quite a long trip. We had a great experience going to the VR46 Motor Ranch again and after we rode on the entire track, we did an Americana race. I won, which I‘m really happy about! But I couldn‘t enjoy it for long, because we went on to the Galliano Park, which is quite a technical track, to ride the YZ85. I want to thank the riders riding with me, because they really pushed me, and all the people that made this event possible.”

“Day 3 was a challenging day. We started off at the Ranch for the last flat track training. This was very difficult for me, because I needed to regain confidence on the bike and that took me some time. It was getting better and better, but I‘m not that happy about it. After this we went to Galliano Park for the MiniGP, which was also difficult for me, because it was my first time on a minimoto, and also riding a small track like this. I found it hard to improve my lap times, so I went up to Antonelli and asked him ’What can I do better?‘. He told me how to brake going into the corner and explained what to do. He said: ’Come on, let‘s go onto the track‘, and then we rode one-on-one and that was very nice, I learned a lot from it. After this one-on-one training I kept improving and in the last session it was nice, so I want to thank Antonelli for this experience.”

MC7 - Day 3 Review Video

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 (at the end of 2018 the partnership was renewed for three further years).

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 in various racing disciplines, riding Yamaha YZ85, YZ125, YZ250F, and YZF-R3 bikes.

Since then the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp has put on six subsequent training events. The participants so far have been 32 mostly teenage riders who race in various championships on bikes like the YZF-R25 and YZF-R3, and hail from 13 countries in all: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States.

Keminth Kubo, who took part in the fifth edition of the programme is currently participating in the CEV Repsol Moto2 Championship as a VR46 Master Camp rider.

In addition, Italian rider Alfonso Coppola has made the step up to the World Supersport Championship. With examples like these, it is clear Yamaha’s system of advancing young promising riders is seeing results.

The current sixth WorldSSP300 bLU cRU rider is none other than returning Indonesian, Galang Hendra Pratama (19), who took part in the first and second edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp programme. He went on to cause a sensation when he took the WorldSSP300 victory in Jerez in 2017 as a wild card rider. The epic win earned him a full-season ride for 2018 and 2019.

The riders for the seventh edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp were selected by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. A place in the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp can't be bought, nor can riders apply for a placement – riders are to be put forward by Yamaha distributors.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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