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By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Six selected for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp

A group of six lucky young riders will participate in the second edition of the development programme in Tavullia

The rider line-up for the second edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp has been announced, with the project run by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd and the VR46 Riders Academy offering six young riders a chance to gain knowledge and experience from professionals in the racing industry such as Valentino Rossi.

The first edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp saw five students mentored by the likes of Rossi, the VR46 Riders Academy and Flat Track Champion Marco Belli. The second edition of this talent development programme is to be held from 14th – 18th September.

The new Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider line-up includes two Thai riders (Apiwat Wongthananon and Peerapong Loiboonpeng), two Indonesian riders ( Galang Hendra Pratama and Imanuel Putra Pratna), one Japanese rider (Soichiro Minamimoto) and one Malaysian rider (Kasma Daniel Bin Kasmayudin).

The second edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will again be hosted by Rossi‘s VR46 Riders Academy in the region of Rossi‘s hometown, Tavullia, Italy. There the Master Camp riders will receive training in dirt track riding at the Motor Ranch, track riding at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and other activities such as racing with go-karts and physical fitness training in the gym, all with the goal of helping them progress further as racers.

Valentino Rossi: “I am happy and excited to start talking again about the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, this time because the second edition is about to start. The first Master Camp in July was an extremely positive experience for all people and companies involved. On a sporting level it exceeded anybody‘s expectations because the riders selected by Yamaha were really fast in all disciplines. Yamaha's selection was excellent. Peerapong, Galang, Soichiro, Kasma and Imanuel were very motivated and also very proud to wear the Master Camp uniforms.

“Also for the VR46 Academy riders it was a great and unique experience as they played the role as trainers for the first time in their lives! The first Master Camp created a nice group that worked perfectly together and all goals we had in our minds were achieved. Now that we have the experience of the first edition, we aim to take the Master Camp to the next level and provide the young Yamaha riders with some more tips to become professional riders. One day, who knows, the Master Camp riders and the VR46 Academy riders will be on track competing against each other for a world title! I am sure it‘s going to be another week filled with sweat and fun!”