The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp riders concluded their five-day training programme with lofty report cards. 10th Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students Jurand Kusmierczyk (aged 17, from Poland), Devis Bergamini (aged 19, from Italy), Andrea Pizzoli (aged 18, also from Italy), Kevin Fontainha (aged 15, from Brazil), and Enzo Valentim Garcia (aged 17, also from Brazil) started the fifth day with a lot of excitement because it was race day at the VR46 Motor Ranch.
Flat Track instructor Marco Belli had invited Andrea Migno (their previous gym coach) as co-coach for the final day. With clear instructions on what to pay attention to, the riders went all out during the practice session before it was time to do a superpole and race over the entire circuit as well as an Americana. In the end, Fontainha secured first place again in the overall result, making it a hat-trick (MiniGP, Go-Kart, and Flat Track) for the Brazilian. Kusmierczyk came second and Bergamini third.
“The last day at the Ranch is traditionally race day for the Master Camp, and this time we did a race on the full track as well as an Americana-style race”, explained Bellli. “We had Migno present from the VR46 Riders Academy, so he could show the guys the correct lines to be effective on the full track. That was very exciting for the guys.
“First they did a Superpole, then a full-track race, and finally the famous Americana race. We were really happy with the way they were riding. They were all in control, so we are really happy with their progression. Congratulations to Kevin for being the winner!”
Then it was already time for the final event: the traditional VR46 headquarters guided tour and the graduation ceremony. During the tour, the students got to see the VR46 building and its functions. It houses both the company‘s commercial outlet, including a huge storage room, and the racing department that oversees all VR46 Academy riders. The tour ended in Valentino Rossi‘s office for the graduation ceremony, the place where VR46 and Yamaha first discussed the Master Camp programme in 2013.
The riders watched a summary video of the last five special days before being handed their official Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Certificate of Attendance. Of course, the Master Camp wouldn‘t part from the riders without presenting them with some extra gifts from VR46.
The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp team want to sincerely thank Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Valentino Rossi, VR46, the VR46 Academy riders, the instructors, the supporting staff, and the programme‘s partners MSI Gaming, Oakley, Alpinestars, and Pirelli for their contribution to this project. Moreover, the team wishes the latest five Master Camp graduates all the best in their racing endeavours.