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April 27, 2018
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Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Announces Riders for July

Great to see two Americans participating in the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. 

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Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. unveil Thai rider Keminth Kubo and Brazilian riders Eliton Kawakami and Bruno César as riders that will be joining the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider line-up for the fifth edition, held from July 27th – 31st.


Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 27th April 2018 – Following the announcement that American riders Cory Ventura and Jackson Blackmon have been selected to attend the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp to be held from July 27th – 31st, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to unveil the names of the final three participants, who complete the rider line-up. Brazilian riders Eliton Kawakami (aged 17) and Bruno César (aged 18), who are racing in their local R3 Cup, will also be traveling to Tavullia, Italy, for the fifth edition of the programme. There they will be joined by Thai rider Keminth Kubo (aged 18), who competes in the Asia Road Racing Championship‘s (ARRC) premier SuperSports 600 (SS600) class.

The Master Camp is a training programme run in cooperation with Valentino Rossi‘s VR46 Riders Academy to discover and develop young riding talent. Just as in previous editions, the new Master Camp riders will go through a week of training and learning in Italy at Rossi‘s Motor Ranch and the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. They will be under the guidance of various professional trainers and the VR46 Riders Academy‘s staff and riders, a number of whom are contesting in the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships.

Yamaha began work in 2015 to establish the infrastructure for young prospects to step up through the ranks of motorcycle racing, in order to discover and nurture talented riders who can flourish on the world stage. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp programme was created in 2016 as part of these efforts. The participants so far have been 23 mostly teenage riders who race in various championships with the YZF-R25 and YZF-R3, hailing from 12 countries in all: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Thailand and Ukraine.

Outstanding among them has been Thai rider Apiwath Wongthananon. He was selected to join the VR46 Master Camp Team in the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship for the 2017 season and he is racing with the team again in 2018. Indonesian rider and fellow attendee Galang Hendra Pratama raced in the AP250 class of the Asia Road Racing Championship and made a wildcard appearance at the final round of the World Supersport 300 (WSSP300) series last year, taking a stunning win. For 2018, he is now contesting a full season in the class. In addition, Italian rider Alfonso Coppola, last season‘s WSSP300 runner-up, has made the step up to the World Supersport Championship. With examples like these, it is clear Yamaha‘s system of advancing young and promising riders is seeing results.