Master Camp Riders Master the Misano World Circuit and Meet Rossi on Day 4

Courtesy of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Tavullia (Italy), 8th September 2019  
The five eighth edition Yamaha VR46 Master Camp riders had a very exciting Day 4, taking on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Yamaha YZF-R3s in the morning, followed by a gym session before the main event: meeting up with Valentino Rossi and the VR46 Riders Academy at the VR46 Motor Ranch. The eighth edition Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students raised their level yet again yesterday, taking on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in the morning and working up a sweat at the Fisio Gym in the afternoon. However, it was the evening event that will stay with the riders the longest. They received a special invitation to sit in on Valentino Rossi and the VR46 Academy riders‘ training at the VR46 Motor Ranch as they prepared for next week‘s Misano GP.

Yamaha Motor Thailand‘s Sawapol Nillapong (16) and Suttipat Patchareetorn (18), Yamaha Motor Malaysia‘s Muhammad Alif Ashraf Bin Tahiruddin (16), Yamaha Motor Philippines‘ McKinley Kyle Paz (18), and Yamaha Motor Canada‘s Jake LeClair (18) hopped on the bus even more eager than usual in the morning, because there were Pirelli-fitted YZF-R3s waiting for them in Misano.

VR46 Academy and Moto2 rider Luca Marini had prepared circuit maps and a quick rider briefing to get the students started. Due to MotoGP regulations he was not allowed to ride with them as he will be attending the Misano GP, also held at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, within 15 days’ time. But this didn‘t keep him from standing on the sideline, ready to observe and give tips, whilst CIV rider Lorenzo Bartalesi took over his instructor position on track, riding with the Master Camp students.

“First of all, it was also an interesting experience for me, because I learned to ride a bike that I‘ve never tried before”, said Bartalesi after the training. “The Master Camp group is a very nice team and the riders are really strong and all of them are highly skilled. I had fun riding with them!

“It‘s quite difficult to learn how to face this type of track, but once you know, you really have a lot of fun riding at the Misano circuit. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is also very good, you can have fun on it, because it allows you to approach the corners very fast. The Pirelli tyres also helped. I had never ridden on those tyres before, but they really excel when you exit the corner and when you accelerate on the straight.”

After the past intense days of riding, the students – joined by Marini and also Moto2 rider Marco Bezzecchi – headed to the Fisio Gym to make sure their bodies were still in top form. Little did the students know that there was a surprise in store for them afterwards.

The riders were brought to the VR46 Motor Ranch in the evening for a special main event: to see Rossi and the VR46 Academy riders in action.

The students did not only get to watch their hero – taking a close look at his superb flat track riding style – but Rossi also made time to say hello to them and posed for photos.

“It was a great pleasure to be able to show the Master Camp riders how we usually train”, said Rossi at the end of the day. “Actually, our way of training is very similar to theirs, but I think they still were able to learn something and enjoyed the evening at the Ranch.

“All the feedback from the Master Camp instructors has been very positive. They told me that the riders are listening well to the tips they‘re given and that they are using the information in a good way. They have been working really hard these last four days, so to get to spend their penultimate night all together at the Ranch is a nice reward. They could just relax and enjoy the experience.”


Watch the review video HERE to relive the action of Day 4 in Misano and Tavullia.

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