The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is full-on right from the get-go. The 10th-edition students started the first day of the programme with a stretching and running session in Pesaro, followed by a MotoGP eSport session with instructor Lorenzo Daretti (Trastevere73) and their first flat track riding Master Class at the VR46 Moto Ranch with expert Marco Belli.
The new Master Camp students Jurand Kusmierczyk (aged 17, from Poland), Devis Bergamini (aged 19, from Italy), Enzo Valentim Garcia (aged 17, from Brazil), and Kevin Fontainha (aged 15, also from Brazil) had an early start because they had to make their way to Pesaro for a Gym session. Yeray Ruiz (aged 18, from Spain) is unable to take part in the remainder of the programme due to personal reasons.
The other four students‘ Master Camp training started with a stretching and running session at the Fisio Gym, led by trainer Carlo Casabianca and VR46 Academy rider Andrea Migno.
The riders quickly ’refuelled‘ at the Bar, Ristorante e Pizzeria Da Rossi before heading to their second destination.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trastevere73) gave an introduction into the world of MotoGP eSport in the afternoon. MSI Gaming had the Master Camp set up with the latest gaming equipment. The triple World Champion and double Vice-Champion then went into detail about how the MotoGP videogame can be used as an effective tool for memorizing track lay-out, focusing training, and strategic thinking.
Time flies when you're having fun. The riders had to go downstairs to meet three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli, also known as the ’King of the Sands‘ at the Master Camp. He told them all they needed to know to master the flat track session.
Soon after the riders hopped aboard their YZ250F bikes and learned by doing. The students practised dirt bike control, slaloming between traffic cones, and sliding through corners. Even though he originally wanted to focus on the basic techniques, Belli saw the riders progress so fast that he decided that they were ready to take on parts of the oval.
"The first day is always focused on getting a good feeling on the bike, at this type of track, this magical place. There‘s a psychological side to riding at the VR46 Motor Ranch for the first time, that can affect the results of the day", said Belli.
“We managed to get the same progression as we did with previous groups. We had them slalom between cones to let them gain confidence with the bike. But then we introduced a new kind of exercise because we need the riders to use their direction of view more when they ride. When they ride with a motocross helmet on, they close their view too much by looking down the whole time. We need them to keep their heads up and their eyes towards the direction they want to go. That opens their view. We invented a new exercise for exactly this skill, and we saw the riders make a lot of progress. So, we could already move on to the two ovals, and we got some good speed and a lot of enjoyment.”