The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students got track time alongside their hero Valentino Rossi on Wednesday at the Italian's Motor Ranch.
After two days of training and gaining knowledge it was time for the young Asian riders selected by Yamaha - 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) - to put their skills to the test in a flat track race against the VR46 Academy Riders and other guests.
“We are only at the halfway point of the first Yamaha VR46 Master Camp and already I see the guys are very happy,” said Rossi. “They are having fun and are interested in whatever is being taught to them and this allows them to learn everything very quickly.
“They are doing different exercises to gain experience during this Master Camp. They have been at the gym along with the VR46 Riders Academy riders, they attended a theoretical lesson about suspensions and today they have trained with me and the Academy Boys at the Ranch.
“They are really good with the flat track bikes and they go very fast! I did several laps with them and I like how they ride! They also had a race and I enjoyed watching them on track, fighting for the glory to be the champions of the first Master Camp race at the Motor Ranch.”
Pratama was the top Master Camp rider in a race against the VR46 Academy, with ninth place, then won a race just for the Master Camp pupils.
"When I return to Indonesia I will try to obtain a motorbike to ride on flat track, because it was such a good training and I don't want to stop progressing like this," he said.
“The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will continue for two more days,” Rossi added. “Tomorrow's schedule is again very busy and in the afternoon they'll challenge themselves with road bikes, so I am sure it's going to be another beautiful day!”