Master Camp Students Meet Valentino Rossi in Misano
VR46 Riders Academy Master Camp students had an early morning on day three however, no one seemed to mind as the class was headed for a field trip to the Misano World Circuit. To their surprise, Valentino Rossi himself would be joining the Master Camp Students, spending some time on the track with them as well.
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Italy‘s Alfonso Coppola (19), France‘s Enzo De La Vega (17), Finland‘s Kimi Patova (15), Ukraine‘s Mykyta Kalinin (18), Brazil‘s Renzo Ferreira (15) and the Netherlands‘ Robert Schotman (18) had all their wishes fulfilled on the third day of the programme, when Valentino Rossi visited the riding session at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in the morning. Though it was difficult for the riders to concentrate after all the excitement, they still managed to take in a lot of information in the afternoon when the Andreani Group explained the workings of motorbike suspension and Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis gave advice on how the riders can manage and progress their racing career.
Though the riders had to get up extra early on day three of the Master Camp, they didn’t mind, as they were on their way to the Misano circuit and had a Master Camp YZF-R3 waiting for them.
Once at the track, the students were in their element. After a quick rider briefing, given by Moto2 rider Francesco Bagnaia (you can read his opinion on the Misano circuit and the progress of the Master Camp riders HERE), the students headed out on track and were back on the asphalt, but the Master Camp staff had a surprise in store as, besides all the VR46 Academy riders also Valentino Rossi joined the timed session.
After accompanying their hero out on track for some riding action, the young talents were given a quick photo opportunity, before it was time for their next appointment. You can enjoy the whole event by watching the Day 3 review video below.
The students attended a theoretical lesson at the Andreani Group by Racing Dept Manager Evangelisti Damiano and Racing Dept Technician Tommaso Noccioli in the afternoon, which they found particularly helpful as they were able to get all their bike set-up questions answered.
After a quick break, Jarvis took to the stage for a second class, during which he highlighted the importance of building and nourishing lasting relationships with teams, sponsors and other professionals within the racing industry. The riders were fascinated by his stories and his experience in team and rider management and look forward to hearing more when they will meet up again on Friday for the final day of the programme.
Watch this video interview to find out more about 15-year-old Finnish bLU cRU rider Kimi Patova: