|Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman Bin Tahiruddin (16) and Nazirul Izzat Bin Muhammad Bahauddin (18), Indonesia’s Muhammad Faerozi Toreqottullah (15), and Japan’s Shota Yokoyama (16) had no problem keeping up with their teachers during two intense training sessions at the VR46 Motor Ranch. They started Day 3 of the sixth Yamaha VR46 Master Camp with a soft cross session aboard YZ125 bikes, guided by Stefano Manzi at the sand track that runs through parts of the flat track. In the afternoon they had the chance to further improve their flat track skills as they tried the entire track lay-out for the first time, riding with expert Marco Belli and VR46 Academy riders Marco Bezzecchi and Lorenzo Baldassarri.
The riders had a long Day 2, but the prospect of trying soft cross with Manzi had them buzzing with excitement on the morning of the third day. Before could put on their Alpinestars gear and any track action could take place, the Moto2 rider explained the correct body position and shared safety tips. Once the students were given the time to ride on the soft track it became clear their level was high, but thanks to Manzi‘s help they still made further progress.
The hard work left the Master Camp riders hungry, so they headed to Tavullia, where there was a surprise in store for them. They met up with Official Fan Club Valentino Rossi Tavullia Vice President, Flavio Fratesi, who asked the riders to head over to the VR46 fan club headquarters to sign up as members. After completing the registration process, they received the VR46 Fan Club membership card and were showered with gifts.
With a bag full of VR46 fan club presents, the riders made their way back to the VR46 Motor Ranch for their second riding session of the day. They were especially invited by Marco Belli to attend a private training session, to learn the theory behind the techniques. They viewed video footage of the students’ Day 1 flat track action, so they could go over points of improvement.
It was then time to get aboard their YZ250F bikes. After quickly getting reacquainted with the flat track, the young riders were soon allowed to try first the big oval and later also the entire track lay-out, when they were joined by Moto3 rider Bezzecchi and Moto2 rider Baldassarri. The VR46 Academy riders rode in front to show the techniques they had discussed before the session, whilst Belli observed the students’ riding style and progress from the back of the group.
The system worked, as the riders all made big steps forward, which was clearly noticed by trainer Belli:
“We finished a good second day of practice at the flat track. We already saw that the guys had good level on Day 1, so we started Day 3‘s session wasting no more time on the drills, we went directly out on the track. However, when we went out on the big oval the riders got a bit over-enthusiastic, so we decided to take them back to the little oval for a short while to show them how to proceed and to get them back in the right position, and also mindset, before using the entire track.
“The riders were lucky that they were helped by two riders from the VR46 Riders Academy, Bezzecchi and Baldassarri, and had the chance to ride the track with them. This was really good training for the students. They learned a lot by following, not only about the lines on track, but also about how to manage themselves on track when doing a long run.
“The riders completed five laps each time they went out, which comes down to about a 15-minute long stint. This is a long time for these young guns, but I‘m really happy. The VR46 Academy riders also told me that the level of this group is good, so that makes me proud, and now we focus on our last flat track session on Sunday.”
You can watch back some of the soft cross session HERE.
To watch the Day 3 Review Video, click HERE.