Demmery completes Yamaha VR46 Master Camp on high note

Brandon Demmery ended his time at the third Yamaha VR46 Master Camp with his fellow students on a high note, taking third place in the Camp’s final challenge, before their graduation ceremony.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp - Brandon Demmery was third in the final challenge
Yamaha VR46 Master Camp – Brandon Demmery was third in the final challenge

The third Yamaha VR46 Master Camp students wrapped up the training programma at their favourite place, the VR46 Motor Ranch, together with Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. The young riders brought their a-game to the final three races, before ending the day at the VR46 headquarters in Tavullia with a tour, followed by the traditional graduation ceremony and many presents.

Though the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp riders were eager to revisit the VR46 Motor Ranch to race against Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, they felt some sadness when leaving the hotel, knowing it was the last day of their Master Camp experience. However, the sad feelings were quickly gone when they arrived at the track and headed out to greet instructor Marco Belli.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp
Yamaha VR46 Master Camp – Out on the YZ250Fs

After going back inside for a quick wardrobe change, they got the chance to rev up the engines of their YZ250F bikes in a warm-up session and three races: two around the entire track and one on the oval.

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After some close racing, the last Master Camp challenge was ultimately won by Anggi Setiawan (18, Indonesia), ahead of Tomas Casas (18, Canada) in second place, and Brandon Demmery (19, Australia).

Brandon Demmery

“The week has been an amazing experience and I will take home some memories that will last forever. I want to thank everybody who is involved with the Master Camp: Yamaha, VR46 and all the Master Camp staff. This is one of the best things I‘ve ever done in my life and I am going to remember riding at the Motor Ranch with the VR46 Academy riders for the rest of my life, so thank you very much! This was the best experience of my life.”

The two and half hours of competing had made the riders hungry, so they headed to Tavullia and their usual restaurant, before making their way to the VR46 Headquarters.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp
Yamaha VR46 Master Camp

After a quick guided tour through the building, past the latest products and the VR46 Riders Academy and Yamaha VR46 Master Camp bikes, the riders went upstairs to Valentino Rossi‘s office, for the traditional graduation ceremony.

Valentino Rossi

“We have already come to the end of the third Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. This week was a chance for the Master Camp guys to learn many new things on and off the track. It was a very busy schedule, especially the first half of the week and time goes by very fast when you are in places such as the Motor Ranch, the Misano and Misanino circuit and the gym. It was a pleasure to meet them at the ranch and listen to their questions. On day four, they watched me and the VR46 Academy riders on track, with Marco Belli giving them some advice. The guys are very interested in learning new ways to improve their riding and I‘ve heard the same thing from the Master Camp instructors. All the students made another step forward this last week and seemed to have fun, which is also an important factor for riding. It‘s always sad when the Master Camp finishes, but I think the guys have learned and experienced a lot and they can now try their new skills at home.”

The riders viewed a summary video of the last five special days, before being handed their official Yamaha VR46 Master Camp certificate of attendance and some extra gifts from VR46.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp - Receiving their graduation certificates
Yamaha VR46 Master Camp – Receiving their graduation certificates

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp team want to sincerely thank Yamaha, its partners, Valentino Rossi, VR46, the VR46 Riders Academy and its riders for their contribution to this project, which gave the six Master Camp students the opportunity to take the next step in their racing endeavours. The Master Camp team also sincerely thank the six riders for their efforts.