News News 22 May 2019

Yamaha bLU cRU WorldSSP300 Riders kick Off 7th Yamaha VR46 Mastercamp

Yesterday, five of Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.‘s WorldSSP300 riders have travelled to Cattolica for an intense training course at the prestigious Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, established by nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, the VR46 Riders Academy, and many other experts in the racing industry. 

The five selected up-and-coming Yamaha riders include The Netherlands‘ Finn de Bruin (18), Italy‘s Kevin Sabatucci (20) and Jacopo Facco (19), France‘s Andy Verdoïa (16), and Spain‘s Beatriz Neila (17), the Master Camp‘s first female participant.

After the warm welcome they received from VR46 Riders Academy Director Alessio ’Uccio‘ Salucci, the riders are raring to start training today. 

The renewed training programme for the seventh Master Camp has been especially structured to help the students gain valuable skills on track (on-road and flat track) as well as provide them with tips on how to train off track.

The timetable for May 22nd – 26th includes gym sessions and various riding activities with experts such as fitness guru Carlo Casabianca at the Fisio gym and three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli.

Along with the VR46 Academy Riders, the instructors attending the riding sessions will monitor the Master Camp students‘ progress and help them further boost their performances. The students can put their new found skills into practice when they will continue their run in the 2019 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship (WorldSSP300) and Yamaha Motor Europe’s Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge from August 7th – 9th at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto for the Acerbis Spanish Round.

Alessio ’Uccio‘ Salucci

VR46 Riders Academy Director

“We‘re now all in Cattolica, so we can begin the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp training. We have seen what the riders are capable of in their WorldSSP300 races, so we have quite high expectations for what we will be able to achieve during this week‘s programme. Both the VR46 Academy riders and the programme‘s professional racing and training experts are excited to meet these five young talents. We‘ve seen previous students make big steps, so that‘s a big boost in motivation to also help these five Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders make another step. It will be a very busy schedule, but it will also be a lot of fun. I hope we will be lucky in terms of the weather, so we can complete all the activities without any interruptions. Either way, I‘m sure that the Master Camp and the VR46 Academy riders will get along great and will support and push each other to reach higher levels."

Beatriz Neila

BCD Yamaha MS Racing

"This is an amazing opportunity, I hope I can learn a lot from the World Championship riders that I will meet this week. I hope I can make the most of this chance. I think I will enjoy the training a lot. I'm very happy to be here, being able to take in all these new experiences. I'm very thankful to Yamaha and VR46, especially because they are treating us as professional riders."  

Andy Verdoïa

BCD Yamaha MS Racing

"To have a full week of training with such strong riders as the VR46 Academy is a great experience for me and an opportunity to learn a lot in just a short amount of time. I'm sure that the training that I will receive will help me in the championship. The Master Camp, put on by Yamaha and VR46, is a great help to us, young riders, allowing us to realise our dreams. I'm very thankful to Yamaha for this opportunity and I'm going to do my best to make the most of it in order to be more fit for my next race and obtain great results." 

Jacopo Facco

Semakin Di Depan Biblion MotoXRacing Yamaha

"I'm very thankful to Yamaha and the bLU cRU project for this unique opportunity of training with more experienced riders. I hope that I can make the best of this experience over the remainder of the season. This is a crucial training as it includes MiniGP, flat track, road racing, and even wave runner activities, which I've never done. Everything is going to be quite challenging, but also fun."

Kevin Sabatucci

Team Trasimeno Yamaha

"The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is a great opportunity for me to improve my skills, learn about all the necessities to become a great rider, and learn from the best riders in the World Championship, like Valentino Rossi, Francesco Bagnaia, and Franco Morbidelli, so this is a great chance. I want to thank Yamaha, the Master Camp and VR46 staff, and the bLU cRU project. I consider myself lucky to be given this opportunity."

Finn de Bruin

Team Trasimeno Yamaha

"The introduction day was really nice for me, actually for all of us. We had our medical check and we are all declared fit to ride, so that was good to hear. We also completed a photo shoot. At the moment, I'm still not entirely sure what I can expect, but I've heard from other people that it will be a lot of fun. I think it will be a very beneficial and educational experience. We'll be keeping busy, learning lots in various racing diciplines such as flat track, MiniGP, minicross, and riding with the YZF-R3. We'll be gaining a lot of experience, which we can put to good use in the future."