To give a taster of the upcoming Moto2 season, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.'s Motorsports Strategy Division General Manager Tetsu Ono, Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Sports Director Gelete Nieto, and riders Keminth Kubo and Manuel Gonzalez shared their thoughts on the team’s 2022 potential during their online team presentation.
Thai rider Kubo took part in the fifth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp held in Tavullia in 2018. He and the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team debuted together in the CEV Moto2 class in 2019. The last three years of riding saw the youngster gain valuable experience. In 2021, Kubo also received his first wild card in the Moto2 World Championship. He took part in the Catalan GP, where he finished the race in 26th place.
Kubo will be joined by bLU cRU rider Gonzalez, the youngest ever WorldSSP300 title winner, who is used to World Championship level pressure. Following his WorldSSP300 victory in 2019, the Spaniard joined the WorldSSP class and showed incredible consistency in 2020, never finishing outside the top 10 on his way to seventh overall in the championship. In 2021, he did even better by securing third overall, with seven podiums, including two race wins.
The colour scheme of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team bikes is a perfect blend of Yamaha’s aesthetic and VR46’s instantly recognisable fluorescent yellow branding, that is also present in the team logo and on the team uniforms. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. have a long-term alliance with VR46 since the first Yamaha VR46 Master Camp five-day training programme was held in July 2016. The programme’s success resulted in a three-year contract extension at the end of 2018 and again in 2021.
At the start, the project was mainly focused on nurturing Asian talent, but with the rider selection for the third edition, the project opened up and became global. And starting from the fourth edition, the programme is also open to already experienced Yamaha bLU cRU riders.
So far, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp has put on nine consecutive training events. The participants were 42 mostly teenage riders, racing in various championships and hailing from 15 countries.
In November 2021, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and VR46 announced a new and exciting collaboration. The two companies that had been dedicated to nourishing next generation riders for many years now set out to offer young Yamaha talents the opportunity to hone their racing skills on a world championship level.
The brand new Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team debuting in the Moto2 class is wholly owned and funded by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. VR46 will be in charge of the management of this new Moto2 World Championship squad, which can also count on the support of Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Yamaha Motor Europe N.V., and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl as it sets out to compete in the 21 GP rounds listed on the 2022 Moto2 calendar.
Moreover, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team is delighted to confirm its new sponsors and partners, including:
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