Some lucky kids from the Asian Roadracing Championship are getting specialized training at none other than the VR46 Rider’s Academy. Yamaha is chronicling their trip, and below is one of a series of press releases from the Academy. This time the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp comes to an end and the students battle it out one last time on minibikes before graduating. -TS
Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students Peerapong Loiboonpeng (Thailand), Galang Hendra Pratama (Indonesia), Soichiro Minamimoto (Japan), Kasma Daniel Bin Kasmayudin (Malasia) and Imanuel Putra Pratna (Indonesia) started the day with mixed feelings; they were very excited to get a chance to learn from VR46 Riders Academy‘s Francesco Bagnaia at the Jeepers Kart & Pit Bike circuit on minibikes, but they couldn‘t escape the realisation that today would be the last day of their fantastic experience.
Once they arrived at the track they quickly changed into their leathers and hopped on their minibikes. The first session was a timed practice session, which was followed by qualifying and two races amongst just the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. At first the young talents were a little starstruck to have the last Moto3 race winner teach them, but they soon overcame their inhibitions and dropped consistently fast lap times.
The first minibike race, which saw a close battle for the lead, was ultimately won by Galang Hendra Pratama. In the second raceKasma Daniel Bin Kasmayudin raised the pace to another level and rode confidently to his first Yamaha VR46 Master Campvictory.
After spending almost three hours riding under the blazing Italian sun, it was time for the riders to regain some energy. They changed out of their drenched riding gear, due to the sparkling water replacing the victory champagne, and made their way toVR46‘s headquarters for a three-course lunch.
After they finished their “gelato” (ice cream), …read more