MotoGP: Yamaha’s Asian talent to attend VR46 Academy

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Yamaha have announced a new scheme that will see five Yamaha riders currently competing in the Asia Production 250 class of the Asia Road Racing Championship attending Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy in Italy.

The five riders will attend Rossi’s VR46 Ranch in his hometown of Tavullia for four days in July for extended tuition from the nine-time world champion alongside his regular batch of Italian protégés.

“Only a few months ago the partnership between Yamaha and VR46 began and it brought the guys of the Academy some fantastic bikes for their training, on track and at the Ranch. This was already a great step towards helping young talent, but today I am even happier when thinking about the start of the first edition of ‘The Master Camp’, which is only a few weeks away.

“In the first week of July some by Yamaha selected riders will come to train with me and the VR46 Academy riders. This initiative is a great achievement, and it’s only the first of many more exciting projects to come from this collaboration. Yamaha and VR46 have the same objective; they aim to help young talents to achieve top results in the motorcycle racing.

“I’m personally very happy to play an active role in helping young talent and I’m looking forward to meeting the Yamaha riders and training with them and the Academy guys at the Ranch and at the Misano circuit. They will spend an entire week with us, train with us, following the same programme every day, on track and at the gym. It won’t be easy for them, but I’m sure we’ll have fun! It will be a beautiful and busy week!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer