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Yamaha Ties Up With Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy

Yamaha Press Release has announced that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has signed a 3 year partnership agreement with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy. Yamaha will become an official partner and also be the official motorcycle supplier.According to the press report, Yamaha will support the Academy’s program and supply a total of 26 R-Series bukes (YZF-R3) and the YZ series motorcycles. This will allow full time academy riders to train and develop their racing skills at the VR46 MotoRanch and also at the Misano Road Race Circuit.


With this initiative, full time academy riders at the VR46 Academy will get their first contact with Yamaha. The company will monitor their performance and progress through the early years of their racing careers. Yamaha will also contribute to their education process and give insights into PR, promotional and team expectations. With this initiative, Yamaha hopes to help the young riders evolve to be factory riders of the future.

Yamaha 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 help in this venture by boosting motivation of the young riders and promoting their acquisition of riding experience and skills to help them progress through the ranks of road racing.


In the first step to this process, Yamaha will select a limited number of the top young riders from the Asia Road Racing Championship and other rider development series to train at the academy. Two one-week workshops are planned for 2016. The selected riders will train alongside full time academy riders at the ranch, in the gym and also at the Misano World Circuit on YZF-R3 and YZ250F bikes. MotoGP star and Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi will also participate and instruct the selected candidates.


Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing had this to say ,  “I am extremely happy that we are able to begin this formal partnership with the VR46 Riders Academy. The Academy started as a natural development of Valentino‘s incredible passion for motorcycling and racing when he committed himself to supporting the next generation of riders to develop their talent and skills to become future World Championship racers.

Yamaha share the same passion as Valentino and we are engaged around the world with numerous programs to encourage and develop young aspiring riders to follow their dreams and to improve their performances to achieve their full potential. This new program will give a unique opportunity for selected talented riders to train and learn from “the Master” and from the full-time VR46 Riders Academy riders during the 2 one-week dedicated training sessions.

An additional but equally important aspect of the new partnership is for Yamaha to support and engage with the VR46 Riders Academy‘s full time program. Yamaha will contribute with the supply of training bikes as well as getting involved in the education of the riders. Some of these young riders will surely evolve to be the Factory riders of tomorrow. Yamaha will be watching closely as their careers develop and hopefully some of them will become our next generation Factory riders in the future.”


Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider had this to say “The partnership between Yamaha and VR46 makes me very happy and incredibly proud. Through the Academy we have been doing very interesting things for young and talented riders and I believe we couldn‘t have found a better partner than Yamaha to provide our guys everything they need to grow up quickly and improve their performances on track.

I am particularly happy because this agreement involves two things that I love and have put lots of efforts in; Yamaha and my Riders Academy. I really hope that this partnership will result in some great things.” “We have been supporting talented riders and I am confident that together we will achieve exciting results. We are planning many activities involving the Academy and its riders. Yamaha is making many of these initiatives possible and I want to thank them for this chance.

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I am also looking forward to meeting the riders that will attend the training session throughout 2016. I am sure they‘ll enjoy the time at the Academy and that we’ll have a lot of fun together. Maybe we‘ll find new racing talents!”

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About Suhas S

Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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