|The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students couldn‘t believe their luck yesterday. The third day of the programme was a whirlwind of activity that saw them first return to Valentino Rossi‘s Motor Ranch, to join Sky Racing Team VR46‘s Technical Director and Crew Chief Pietro Caprara and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl‘s Lin Jarvis at the VR46 headquarters for two theory lessons, while they finished the day off with a riding session at theMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli with the VR46 Riders Academy.
The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp riders needed little time to get up to speed on the third day, as the riders reunited with flat track expert Marco Belli, instead of heading to the gym, to further build on their control of sliding the bike.
Already familiar with the track the one way round, this time the riders were asked by Belli to ride in the opposite direction. The young talents were quick to pick up the pace after a few practice laps and Belli answered the eager students‘ questions on how to further improve their riding style and what the sweet spot is for opening the throttle. He then asked them to do various exercises on the oval part of the circuit to perfect their lower body movement on the bike.
After the practice session at the VR46 Motor Ranch, the six students‘ efforts were rewarded with a lunch of meatballs, rice, mashed potatoes, and ice cream for dessert at the restaurant in Tavullia, but soon the young hopefuls had to hurry to their next star-studded appointment at the VR46 headquarters.
The third Master Camp‘s theoretical course was divided into two parts: the first being taught by Sky Racing Team VR46‘s Technical Director and Crew Chief, Pietro Caprara, and the second by Yamaha Motor Racing Srl‘s Managing Director, Lin Jarvis. The riders, who were really impressed by the modern style of the building and interior, were warmly greeted and guided to Valentino Rossi‘s office upstairs.
Throughout the class, Caprara used the Doctor‘s #46 YZR-M1 that was on display, to illustrate how to properly set up a bike for racing in terms of wheelbase, chassis, trail, offset, fork angle and swingarm angle.
In the second part of the course, Jarvis shared a short ’history lesson‘ on his career with Yamaha, how Yamaha and Rossi started working together, the ups and down they went through over the years and what learning they took from it. He also told them how other Yamaha riders handle the demand put on them on a World Championship level. After his story, he gave the students a very exclusive opportunity to ask him any questions they wanted, which the Master Camp boys used to their advantage to find out in which areas they should improve their riding and their professionality to make it onto the world stage of motorcycle racing.
When the theory class was over the riders, had one more stop to make for the day. They hopped into their van and hurried to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where six Pirelli-fitted YZF-R3s were nicely lined-up in the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp pit box. The riders were soon asked to join a rider briefing on riding safety and the track‘s lay-out with yesterday‘s instructor Lorenzo Baldassarri, before they could change into their leathers and rev up the R3-engines.
As the Misano circuit is quite twisty and technical, the riders needed a few laps riding behind Baldassarri to find the right lines and brake points on the track. They quickly got the hang of it and started to have fun on their YZF-R3s during a couple of free practice sessions with the VR46 Academy riders. The timing showed the young talent made great improvements as they started to make the connections between what they learned in the MiniGP session yesterday, on the Motor Ranch in the morning, and during the theory class and riding session in Misano in the afternoon. (To find out why riding a mini bike is a beneficial exercise, read the Master Camp‘s fourth blog entry, by Francesco Bagnaia).
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