Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and the VR46 Riders Academy are looking forward to another intense Yamaha VR46 Master Camp training week in September. The eighth edition of the training programme will welcome a special line-up of riders hailing from Southeast Asia and North America.
Spielberg (Austria), 9th August 2019

Yamaha and 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 - 8th.

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 OakleySaucony, DescenteAlpinestarsPirelli, 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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YamahaVR46MasterCamp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMasterCamp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themastercamp/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/yamahamotogp

Lin Jarvis

Lin Jarvis

Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

“We are very happy to announce the start of the second Yamaha VR46 Master Camp of 2019, already the eighth edition since the start of the project. I was there when the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp plan was ‘born’ in Valentino’s office at the VR46 headquarters. This collaboration between Yamaha Motor Company, Yamaha Motor Racing, and the VR46 Riders Academy was set up with the aim to provide young Yamaha talent with professional support to give them the skills and knowledge they need to make the next step in their carreers, and we have redefined the programme each time to make it suit the young riders’ needs and preferences better with every event.

So far, the Master Camp has hosted 32 participants, hailing from 14 countries in all: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States. We are thrilled to add five new riders and another country to the list, as we have McKinley Kyle Paz from the Philippines joining us in September.

We hope that during the upcoming edition the new students will have fun training alongside the VR46 Academy riders and gain the push in motivation they need to raise their level, like we’ve seen with Master Camp graduates Keminth Kubo, Galang Hendra, and Tomas Casas before them, to name just a few.”

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

“The eighth edition of the Master Camp is approaching! The programme’s content was changed for the previous edition, after feedback from former students and consulting all the experts that help run this event. I think that the last edition was one of the most successful to date, so that gives me, the VR46 riders, and the Master Camp staff extra motivation as we welcome the new riders to Tavullia, my hometown.

We are very excited to see the level of these riders, because we have heard positive things about them. Sincerely, we will make them work hard, and they will be tired after each and every day, but I’m also sure that they will enjoy every minute of it, because the schedule is full of fun activities.

Both the on and off-track teachings will be very important for the new guys, to help them in their racing career. The VR46 Academy will guide them at every session. I hope the new students will push themselves to the limit and I look forward to their progress and the results after a week of Master Camp drilling.”

Jake LeClair

Jake LeClair

Date of birth: 12-02-2001

Place of birth: Blackstock, ON - Canada

Nationality: Canadian

Current championship and standings:
Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), Amateur Sport Bike (2nd)

McKinley Kyle Paz

McKinley Kyle Paz

Date of birth: 23-07-2001

Place of birth: Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Nationality: Filipino

Current championship and standings:
ARRC Malaysia Race 1 (1st)
ARRC Malaysia Race 2 (3rd)

Muhammad Alif Ashraf Bin Tahiruddin

Muhammad Alif Ashraf Bin Tahiruddin

Date of birth: 17-12-2002

Place of birth: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nationality: Malaysian

Current championship and standings:
2019 MSBK Championship
2019 Malaysia Cub Prix

Sawapol Nillapong

Sawapol Nillapong

Date of birth: 05-06-2003

Place of birth: Phuket, Thailand

Nationality: Thailand

Current championship and standings:
FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, Asia Production 250 (18th)

Suttipat Patchareetorn

Suttipat Patchareetorn

Date of birth: 20-01-2001

Place of birth: Bangkok, Thailand

Nationality: Thailand

Current championship and standings:
FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, Asia Production 250 (19th)