Yamaha has named the five young riders it will send to Valentino Rossi's VR46 Riders Academy.
Earlier this year it was announced that Yamaha had signed a three-year partnership with the VR46 Academy
The partnership involves the supply of motorcycles by Yamaha, plus support for off-track activities such as PR and team expectations.
In return, Yamaha would send some of its rising stars from the 250 class of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) to attend the VR46 Academy - to receive instruction and guidance from nine-time world champion Rossi.
The first intake of riders, for what has now been named 'The Master Camp', will be: Peerapong Loiboonpeng (21, Thailand), Galang Hendra Pratama (17, Indonesia), Soichiro Minamimoto (16, Japan), Kasma Daniel Bin Kasmayudin (16, Malaysia) and Imanuel Putra Pratna (19, Indonesia).
The five were chosen based on their current AP250 class points standings, age and other factors. The selected riders will travel to Rossi's hometown of Tavullia from July 4th - 8th.
The planned curriculum will see Rossi and the full-time VR46 Riders Academy instructors teaching the participants about dirt track riding at his Motor Ranch, plus track riding at the nearby Misano circuit and other technique enhancing activities.
“Only a few months ago the partnership between Yamaha and VR46 began and it brought the guys of the Academy some fantastic bikes for their training, on track and at the Ranch,” Rossi said.
“This was already a great step towards helping young talent, but today I am even happier when thinking about the start of the first edition of 'The Master Camp', which is only a few weeks away.
“In the first week of July some by Yamaha selected riders will come to train with me and the VR46 Academy riders. This initiative is a great achievement, and it's only the first of many more exciting projects to come from this collaboration. Yamaha and VR46 have the same objective; they aim to help young talents to achieve top results in the motorcycle racing.
“I'm personally very happy to play an active role in helping young talent and I'm looking forward to meeting the Yamaha riders and training with them and the Academy guys at the Ranch and at the Misano circuit.
“They will spend an entire week with us, train with us, following the same programme every day, on track and at the gym. It won't be easy for them, but I'm sure we'll have fun! It will be a beautiful and busy week!”
Rossi set-up the VR46 Riders Academy to support young Italian riders in 2014, with three of its members - Romano Fenati, Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Migno - racing for the Sky-backed VR46 Moto3 team.