|Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has agreed a 3-year partnership agreement with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi‘s “VR46 Riders Academy” to become an Official Partner and also its Official Motorcycle Supplier.
Yamaha will support the Academy‘s program and supply a total of 26 R-Series and YZ series motorcycles to allow the full time Academy riders to train and develop their racing skills at the VR46 MotoRanch and also at the Misano road race circuit.
The initiative will give Academy riders their first contact with Yamaha, who will follow their performances as they progress through the early years of their racing careers. Yamaha also plans to support the Academy by contributing to their education process and giving insights into PR, promotional and team expectations as today‘s young riders hopefully evolve to be the Factory riders of the future.
With World Championship participation positioned at the top of the racing pyramid, Yamaha Motor is currently in the process of creating a step-up model and system to provide tier-based opportunities for young riders to grow.
The VR46 Riders Academy will also play a part in this system for training and instruction. Its primary role will be boosting the motivation of young riders, and promoting their acquisition of riding experience and skills to help them move up through the tiered step-up structure.
As a first step in 2016, Yamaha will select a limited number of the best young riders competing in the Asia Road Racing Championship‘s – Asia Production 250 class as well as other rider development series to train at the Academy.
Two one-week workshops are planned in 2016. The talented youngsters will have the chance to train alongside the full time VR46 Riders Academy riders in the gym, at the MotoRanch and at the Misano circuit, riding dedicated YZF-R3 and YZ250F machines.
All riders will have the full access to the facilities of the Academy and Valentino Rossi will participate and instruct the selected candidates along with the full-time Academy staff.