Fledgling Malaysian racer Muhammad Akid Aziz (18) has graduated from Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy in Tavullia, Italy, after attending a gruelling five-day mastercamp. Under the tutelage of three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli, Akid was joined by Thailand’s Peerapong Boonlert (18), Indonesia‘s Anggi Setiawan (18), Japan‘s Shota Ite (15), Australia‘s Brandon Demmery (19) and Canada‘s Tomas Casas (17).

Training at the VR46 Riders Academy is by full-time instructors teaching the students various riding techniques as well as providing them with the necessary technical knowledge to make it at World Championship level. Riders put their skills to the test in various racing activities on Yamaha YZ250Fs at Rossi‘s Motor Ranch, on Yamaha YZF-R3 sportsbikes at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and on mini-bikes at a go-kart circuit.

“I am very happy to have been given this experience. It was all very new for me, because I never experienced riding on a flat track before. It was a little bit of a challenge at first, but I‘m sure these new skills will put me in a position where I can make more of my future as a racer,” said Akid, who follows in the footsteps of Malaysian racer and fellow VR46 academy alumni Kasma Daniel Kasmayudi.

Akid showed his skill by winning a short MiniGP race, which he said was the most exciting part of the programme for him, being the first time he is riding a two-stroke machine. VR46 Mastercamp students also got to meet Valentino Rossi in person during a special session at Tavuilla.

Now in its third edition, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is a non-profit programme put together by Yamaha and its partners in collaboration with the VR46 Riders Academy. Riders for the VR46 Riders Academy are selected by Yamaha distributors worldwide, based on the riders’ talent and promise in racing, and places cannot be bought.

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