the VR46 Riders Academy are delighted to announced its new rider selection for
the upcoming Yamaha VR46 Master Camp today. Five young Yamaha stars
are about to embark on an exciting chapter in their racing career for the
eighth edition of the five-day training programme held from September 4th -
The selected students will travel to Rossi’s hometown of Tavullia in Italy and will be taken under the wing of the VR46 Riders Academy and its riders, as well as three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli, fitness trainer Carlo Casabianca, legendary Italian surfer Alessandro Marcianò, and many more experts, to improve their racing skills.
The new participants, hailing from Southeast Asian and North American regions, were chosen from among young Yamaha riders depending on their age, talent, and championship standings.
The new Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider line-up includes Jake LeClair (18), who is Yamaha Motor Canada’s first-ever bLU cRU Factory Ride Award winner and the second Canadian rider to be selected for the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. He follows in the footsteps of Tomas Casas, who won two consecutive CSBK Pro Sport Bike titles and became Yamaha’s flagship Canadian Superbike racer after his Master Camp graduation.
From the Southeast Asian region, Yamaha Motor Thailand’s Sawapol Nillapong (16) and Suttipat Patchareetorn (18) will be joining the camp, as well as Yamaha Motor Malaysia’s Muhammad Alif Ashraf Bin Tahiruddin (16) and Yamaha Motor Philippines’ racing sensation McKinley Kyle Paz (18).
They are hoping to emulate the progress made by Thailand’s Keminth Kubo and Indonesia’s Galang Hendra Pratama after completing the full-on Master Camp training schedule. Kubo, who took part in the fifth edition of the programme, is currently participating in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 Championship as a VR46 Master Camp rider. Indonesian WorldSSP300 bLU cRU rider Galang Hendra took part in the first and second edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. 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 planned curriculum for the eighth edition gives the Master Camp students the opportunity to get familiar with on and off-road racing disciplines and acquire basic techniques. The participants will then put their newfound skills to the test in various riding activities, joined by the VR46 Academy riders, so they can learn from each other. Besides training in the Fisio Gym, they will be riding Yamaha YZ250Fs and YZ125 bikes at Rossi’s Motor Ranch on the flat track and soft cross track, YZF-R3s at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, MiniGP YZ85 bikes at Galliano Park, and Yamaha EX Deluxe and Yamaha GP1800 wave runners during a beach activity made possible by Yamaha Motor Italy’s Marine Division and the Capitaneria di Porto di Pesaro.
Of course, safety and high-quality gear are a must during their training, so the new students will once again be provided with new Yamaha VR46 Master Camp equipment, thanks to the support of Official Partners Oakley, Saucony, Descente, Alpinestars, Pirelli, and VR46. Fans of the Master Camp can buy the VR46 clothing items HERE.
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: https://race.yamaha-motor.co.jp/sp/vr46ra/
Monster Yamaha MotoGP website: https://www.yamahamotogp.com