The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, established by Valentino Rossi and Yamaha Motor Co, welcomes six new riders to the fourth edition of the prestigious training program. 

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Tavullia (Italy), 24th July 2017- Six new protégées traveled to Cattolica, Italy, to kick off the fourth edition of the prestigious Yamaha VR46 Master Camp training programme, established by nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, and the VR46 Riders Academy.

The third edition of this event, held in May this year, saw the origin of Master Camp students expand from Asia to global and this trend is continued in this week‘s five-day programme. Yamaha and the VR46 Riders Academy are again excited to welcome riders hailing from all over the world.

Italy‘s Alfonso Coppola (19), France‘s Enzo De La Vega (17), Finland‘s Kimi Patova (15), Ukraine‘s Mykyta Kalinin (18), Brazil‘s Renzo Ferreira (15) and the Netherlands‘ Robert Schotman (18) completed the traditional intake ceremony yesterday. After the warm reception from VR46 Riders Academy Director Alessio ’Uccio‘ Salucci and the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp staff, including a dinner with the VR46 Riders Academy, the new students are raring to start training today (you can watch a video of yesterday’s orientation session HERE).

Based on the previous three editions, the programme for the fourth Master Camp has been tailored to the level of the new recruits in such a way that it will allow the riders to gain both valuable skills on track (on-road and flat track) as well as theoretical knowledge.

The timetable for July 24th – 28th includes gym sessions and various riding activities with the VR46 Academy riders, mixed with theoretical lessons by the Andreani Group and renowned racing expert, Pietro Caprara, the Sky Racing Team VR46’s Technical Director and Crew Chief.

Instructors attending the riding sessions are VR46 Riders Academy‘s Franco Morbidelli, Francesco Bagnaia, Andrea Migno, Nicolò Bulega, and three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli. They will monitor the Master Camp students’ progress and help the young riders to further boost their performances as they continue their run in the 2017 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship (WorldSSP300) and Yamaha Motor Europe’s Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge from August 18th – 20th at the Lausitzring in Germany.

For more information on the Master Camp‘s objectives, its rider selection process and the importance of rider management, read the following Yamaha VR46 Master Camp blog entry, by Lin Jarvis.