Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman Bin Tahiruddin (16) and Nazirul Izzat Bin Muhammad Bahauddin (18), Indonesia’s Muhammad Faerozi Toreqottullah (15), and Japan’s Shota Yokoyama (16) were the four riders taking part at the sixth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, with the first day of training giving the students an opportunity to showcase their talents in three racing disciplines: MiniGP, Go-Kart and flat track.
The four youngsters started the first day of the programme with a MiniGP and Go-Kart session at the Misanino KCE World Circuit Marco Simoncelli with Moto3™ SKY Racing Team VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega, followed by their first flat track riding Master Class at the VR46 Motor Ranch with three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli.
When the young riders arrived at the VR46 Motor Ranch, Belli was waiting for them. He told them all they needed to know about the correct riding position and all the points they would be focusing on during their very first flat track session.
“The first day is all about letting the new students get to know the bikes”, explained Belli. “The VR46 Motor Ranch is a great venue to practise and learn a lot, because we use this training session to work on the riders’ feeling and their sensitivity to it.
“Our usual Day 1 programme consists of slaloming between cones, practising the correct body position, and create a better understanding of the relation between the bike, the tyres, and the dirt. We had a longer introduction programme scheduled for the first flat track session, but because of the riders’ level of skills we skipped a couple of the usual drills, so we could already use the two ovals.
“We saw some good progress. We will work a lot again on Friday, when we have our second flat track session, and I think we can already start using the full track quite soon, so all in all it was a really good first day.”