Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has had a long-term alliance with VR46 since the first Yamaha VR46 Master Camp's five-day training program was held in July 2016. The program's success resulted in a three-year contract extension at the end of 2018 and 2021.
At the start, the project 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 program was 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 young riders racing in various championships and hailing from 15 countries worldwide.
In November 2021, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and VR46 announced a new and exciting collaboration. The two companies dedicated to nourishing the next generation of riders announced plans to offer young Yamaha talents the opportunity to hone their racing skills on a world championship level.
The brand new Moto2 Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team 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.
For its debut season in Moto2, the team will field former bLU cRU rider and WorldSSP300 Champion Manuel Gonzalez, along with the talented former Master Camp attendee and CEV Moto2 European Championship rider Keminth Kubo.