8th Master Camp Riders` Perseverance Results in Solid Progress on Day 3

2019-09-09 07:06
With rain spoiling the morning of the third day of the 8th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, the riders had to push even harder in the afternoon, building up their flat track experience of Day 1.

The 8th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp riders were still buzzing after Day 2 of the programme and were eager to use their energy 100% at the Valentino Rossi‘s Motor Ranch in the morning. However, a thunderstorm tested their patience.

Despite this setback Yamaha Motor Thailand‘s Sawapol Nillapong (16) and Suttipat Patchareetorn (18), Yamaha Motor Malaysia‘s Muhammad Alif Ashraf Bin Tahiruddin (16), Yamaha Motor Philippines‘ McKinley Kyle Paz (18), and Yamaha Motor Canada‘s Jake LeClair (18) still made good use of their morning spent at the VR46 Motor Ranch. They decided to have a study session instead, with Flat Track expert Marco Belli showing them video footage and pictures of Day 1 and pointing out where and how they could improve their body position, throttle control, and overall riding style.

Once they were reminded of the riding basics, they also completed a track walk to get a better understanding of the flat track‘s key points, its lay-out, and the nature of the track‘s surface.

After a quick lunch at the Ristorante e Pizzeria da Rossi in Tavullia, the five students‘ patience was rewarded. The rain had stopped, the flat track had dried, and soon the youngsters were able to rev up their Yamaha YZ250Fs‘ engines.

Thanks to their newly acquired in-depth knowledge, the students showed great progress at the VR46 Motor Ranch in the afternoon. The riders were back under the wing of ’King of the Sands‘ Belli again, to further build on their control when sliding the bike, and they were quick to pick up the pace. At the very end of the day, they took on a new challenge: the Americana, which was won by LeClair.

To relive the action of Day 3 activities, watch it HERE.

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“We went over a video from Day 1 in the morning and that was very helpful. Marco was helping us understand what we needed to work on, such as looking up and body position, and we were able to put it into practice in the afternoon when the rain cleared. It ended up being a good day, even though it was raining really hard in the morning. They did a good job with the track too, making it really nice for us. It was slippery, but we had good traction, and there was no dust, which is always good, so we had a lot of fun. In the future, if I can get videos of me riding, I would definitely watch that to see what I myself and people around me think that I can work on.”

“We were very lucky, because the weather allowed us to ride on the flat track in the afternoon. I feel more confident and I'm sure we are faster now than we were on the first day. What I learned on Day 3 will really help me perform better in my future races, especially during wet races.”

“In the morning I reviewed a video with Marco Belli of the flat track riding I did on Wednesday. Marco pointed out my mistakes and corrected me in a very professional way. In the afternoon I was able to repeat the flat track experience and we engaged in a few races. There is still a lot to learn, but I need to be patient, and keep practicing, practicing, and practicing.”

“It was raining very heavily in the morning, so – instead of riding – Marco Belli showed us some videos and pointed out any mistakes and possible improvements. Later it stopped raining, so that allowed us to ride on the flat track in the afternoon, which we were very happy about, of course. It was a good opportunity to show that we‘ve learned from our earlier mistakes, which we saw in the pictures and video clip.”

“In the morning, we watched some video footage and looked at some pictures with Marco Belli. Marco helped me a lot by explaining to me how to develop, adapt, and modify my way of riding. I took his advice onboard when we went on to ride the YZ250F bikes on the flat track in the afternoon. Thanks to Marco‘s help I was able to do better, so I plan to use this experience when I'm back at home.”

MC8 - Day 3 Review

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 in various racing disciplines.

Since then, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp has put on seven 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 hailed from 13 countries in all: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States. The Philippines is added to this list with this current edition, making it 14.

The programme‘s three-year contract was extended by a further three years at the end of 2018. With a marine activity being added in 2019, the students will be riding Yamaha YZ85, YZ125, YZ250F, and YZF-R3 bikes, and Yamaha EX Deluxe and Yamaha GP1800 wave runners during their stay in Tavullia.

The riders for the eighth 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.

News, images, videos and updates from the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be posted regularly on its dedicated media channels throughout the eighth edition:

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp website
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP website

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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