The fourth day of the 10th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be engraved in Jurand Kusmierczyk‘s (aged 17, from Poland), Devis Bergamini‘s (aged 19, from Italy), Andrea Pizzoli‘s (aged 18, also from Italy), Kevin Fontainha‘s (aged 15, from Brazil), and Enzo Valentim Garcia‘s (aged 17, also from Brazil) memories as the day that they got to meet their idol Valentino Rossi at his VR46 Motor Ranch.
The day started off as normal with the riders heading back to the Jeepers Kart track to test their skills in a MiniGP Superpole. Day 2 MiniGP coach Marco Bezzecchi visited the session to check on their progress. It was a close battle, but ultimately the honours went to Fontainha, with Kusmierczyk and Bergamini finishing in second and third place respectively.
It was then time for a Master Camp premiere: the first ever ’mixed‘ Go-Kart race at the Go Kart Misano - Riviera Verde in which also Master Camp staff members were allowed to participate. As expected, the riders were no match against the staff with again Fontainha taking first place in the overall results, this time with Bergamini taking second ahead of Pizzoli.
After a short ice cream break, it was time for the main event. The riders headed back to the VR46 Motor Ranch, as they were specially invited to look in on a VR46 Riders Academy training session and Americana match-off from the sidelines. Flat Track coach Marco Belli was by their side to walk the track and point out technical skills that could be useful for their final Flat Track training on Day 5.
Meeting their idol was the icing on the cake for the riders. Rossi soon made his way to the Master Camp crew to shake hands with the students, who he had been following from a distance over the last four days.