If anyone is going to show up ready to race in the seventh round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship, the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma, it will be Liqui Moly Junior Cup racers Jackson Blackmon and Cory Ventura. After all, who else amongst us is spending five days training at Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha VR46 Master Camp before the next round, August 10-12.
Blackmon and Ventura have left for Italy and will take part in the camp from tomorrow until July 31 in what will be the fifth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. The two Americans will join three other young racers in Rossi’s home town of Tavullia, Italy, for the camp.Blackmon and Ventura were chosen among the Yamaha riders currently competing in the MotoAmerica Series and they will join Brazil’s Eliton Kawakami and Bruno César, and Thailand’s Keminth Kubo.
The planned curriculum for the upcoming edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is busier than ever. The students will be putting their skills to the test on Yamaha YZ250Fs at Rossi’s Motor Ranch, on Yamaha YZF-R3s at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, on brand new Yamaha YZ85s at the Misanino go-kart circuit, and for the very first time the Master Camp participants will also be asked to show their soft motocross skills on Yamaha YZ125s.
Besides focusing on riding techniques, the Master Camp riders will be following a lecture on suspension, given by the Andreani Group, and they will learn all the do’s and don’ts of how to train.
“I don’t have any expectations,” Ventura said in a Yamaha release. “I’m keeping an open mind so I can really let it all sink in. I’m feeling super excited to be here in Italy for this experience. I have a bunch of experience flat-tracking and doing some motocross, so I’m looking forward to that, but learning something new is definitely going to be awesome.”
Blackmon is also excited to get the opportunity to take part in the camp.
“I’m super excited to be here in Italy and to get to go to the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp,” Blackmon said. “I expect it to be a great experience and that I will learn a lot. I’m feeling completely ready to get out on track and see how it goes. I don’t have a whole lot of motocross experience, but I’ve done a bit of flat track. I’m excited that I get to do both, so I can learn more.”