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Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Returns for 2021 bLU cRU Riders

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Returns for 2021 bLU cRU Riders

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is set to return after a year away on 18-22 August for its ninth edition, featuring Yamaha’s bLU cRU riders from the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, as well as three of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup youngsters – a new championship for riders aged 12-20.

Taking place at Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Motor Ranch in Tavullia, Italy, the five riders are already a part of Yamaha Motor Europe’s bLU cRU racing programme. Two WorldSSP300 riders, Turkey’s Bahattin Sofuoğlu and Spain’s Unai Orradre, will be joined by Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup championship leader Iker Garcia Abella (aged 17) of Spain, and series race-winners Fenton Harrison Seabright (19) of the United Kingdom and Humberto “Torquinho” Maier (15) of Brazil.

The Master Camp is a programme designed to help and nutriture young talents as they begin to make their way up the road racing ladder. With racing and fitness professionals on-site, the Master Camp gives these future stars a chance to enhance their riding skills, working in tandem with the support Yamaha provides through their racing programmes.

During the four-day event, the bLU cRU riders will benefit from training by three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli (on YZ250Fs), while they will also receive soft cross training (on YZ125s). 

They will also ride Yamaha R3 bikes at the Circuit di Pomposa and MiniGP YZ85 bikes at the mini Supermoto Jeepers Park, with trainer Carlo Casabianca giving some fitness training at the Fisio Gym, and a unique opportunity to practice throttle control at the beach using Yamaha EX Deluxe and Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunners.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trastevere73) will be a guest lecturer for MotoGP eSports classes, to teach the riders tricks many professional racers use to reqacquaint themselves with the MotoGP circuits on the calendar.

William Favero

Marketing & Communications Manager, Yamaha Motor Racing

First of all, we are thrilled that the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is back after a year of waiting due to the ongoing global pandemic. This edition has been long awaited, but that makes it all the more exciting and satisfying that MC9 is actually happening in less than two weeks from now.

On behalf of Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing, I would like to thank Valentino and VR46 for their support and efforts to strengthen our special partnership throughout the years, which has led to many rewarding moments. As so many young talents have already benefitted from this unique training programme, the Master Camp is now highly anticipated and monitored by Yamaha markets all over the world. The already coveted spots in the Master Camp, five or six of them per edition, are becoming more and more sought after, as all Yamaha distributors wish to let their respective best talents train with MotoGP stars in an effort to boost their chances of an international career.

For the young riders attending this particular edition of the Master Camp, we aim to provide them with all the tools and skills they need in the WorldSSP300 championship and Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup whilst respecting and following all Covid-19 safety rules. I would like to take this moment to thank the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp sponsors – Monster Energy, Yamalube, Akrapovič, Oakley, Alpinestars, Pirelli, MSI Gaming Italy, Yamaha Marine Italy, and Yamaha Marine Europe – for making this event possible and helping to give those young Yamaha riders’ careers an extra push.

Alessio Salucci

Director, VR46 Riders’ Academy

We are so happy to welcome riders to the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp again after a year of absence. It took a while, but we finally are able to host the ninth edition of this fun and very meaningful event.

We are always looking for improvements to make this programme even more successful and fitted to the young riders’ needs. We know that the riders competing in the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Challenge are all very talented and keen on a challenge, so we have taken this into consideration when we developed our training plan for this upcoming edition.

As always, we expect the riders to work hard and act in a manner that we can expect from professional riders, but it’s equally important that they will enjoy themselves during the training. We want the riders to have fun and at the same time pick up some skills that will aid them in their future racing careers – it’s the combination of passion, professionalism, and the feeling of excitement during racing and training that makes great racers.

I would like to thank Yamaha and the sponsors and partners who have helped VR46 organise the Master Camp project despite global pandemic restrictions. It will be a very happy moment for us all when these young riders can start their Master Camp training.