|It was a proud moment for Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and the VR46 Riders Academy to see the third Yamaha VR46 Master Camp kick off yesterday at the heart of motorcycle racing, on the Adriatic coast.
The first day of the third programme gave the riders the opportunity to warm-up for the many activities that are to follow over the next few days. During their morning gym session, Fisio Gym instructor Carlo Casabianca introduced the young talents to exercises that are beneficial to the movability, the stretch and the strength of their muscles.
As the weather was perfect, the students soon decided to resume the rest of their work-out outside with VR46 Riders Academy‘s Moto2 rider Luca Marini and Moto3 rider Andrea Migno at a running track. They gradually upped the pace, but were careful leave something in the tank for yesterday‘s main event.
Before heading to the Motor Ranch, the riders had to ’refuel‘. A nice meal at the Bar, Ristorante e Pizzeria Da Rossi in Tavullia was just the ticket. Rosemary potato wedges and rice, followed by ice cream gave the riders renewed energy.
When the young riders arrived at the Motor Ranch, three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion, Marco Belli, was waiting for them. (You can read more about Belli‘s involvement with the VR46 Motor Ranch in Yamaha VR46‘s second blog entry).
He warmly greeted the students and presented them their Master Camp YZ250F bikes. He rode in front of them during the first couple of laps, to get the youngsters familiarized with the track lay-out, before their ridings skills were put to the test at the oval part of the track. The riders practised their dirt bike control, slaloming between traffic cones and sliding through the corners. Belli was thoroughly impressed by both the students’ eagerness to learn as well as their rapid improvements throughout the first session: “This first day was just to understand the level of the riders and we completed a simple programme to assess them”, explained Belli. “Now we can work a bit more on their personal skills. The good thing about the Master Camp is that it is just 6 people, so I have time to work with each rider on his individual needs.
“When it comes to dirt bike racing, these riders started on a bit of a higher level compared to the previous group. All these guys seem to be more comfortable on this kind of dirt and they have a good feeling with the bike and a good sense of what the bike is doing, so they can anticipate what will happen next.
“They found one particular exercise very strange: when I asked them to ride with one hand. At the end, they understood how good this practice is, because they are obliged to work with the lower half of the body instead of with their arms. I could see them think “Oh my God” at the start, but later it was all good.”
The Master Camp rider that was most outspoken about his excitement was Casas. Yesterday‘s morning session was right up his street as exercise and health are topics of interest to him. He aspires to study sports medicine and help at the track side as a trainer or medical assistant, should he ever have to stop his career as a rider. You can get to know this Master Camp‘s “Mr. Positive” in the Rider Introduction Video and read his take on the fitness class in his Yamaha VR46 Master Camp blog entry.