WAGGA moto sensation Brandon Demmery has described his VR46 Master Camp as the best experience of his life.
Demmery has returned home to Australia after mixing it with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi at his ranch in Tavullia, Italy.
Demmery was one of six Yamaha riders from around the world invited to attend the VR46 Master Camp, hosted by Rossi.
Amid the five days of amazing experiences, Demmery got the opportunity to meet Rossi and watch him ride on his home circuit.
“The highlight however was having the man himself, Valentino Rossi come out on Saturday to ride, and ride he can,” Demmery said.
“The guy is so fast on the dirt and has amazing control of the bike.
“All the VR46 Master Camp riders, including myself, thought we were lapping fast until we saw what Vale and the Academy riders could do. To say these guys made us look like amateurs would be an understatement.
“To see the speed, to watch them bang bars and all at just a ‘training’ session was something I will remember forever.”
Over the five days, Demmery was able to experience valuable training from some of the world’s best riding instructors, medical and fitness staff.
Demmery was put through media commitments, with the aid of an interpreter, then endured the ‘most intense physical examination’ before being given approval to ride.
He got to experience Rossi’s motor ranch, ride brand new Yamaha YZF250s and compete against the other Master Camp riders.
Demmery certainly did not disappoint, winning a Go Kart challenge and also finishing third at final race between Master Camp riders on the last day.
“To come away with a third place and a medallion was just the icing on the cake for me,” he said.
“To ride what I would describe as the best dirt track I have ever ridden would have been a memory for life and a memory I will cherish.”
But Demmery said there was still no disputing the clear highlight of the trip.
“Riding Misano on the Yamaha R3 and setting the fastest lap was a highlight, as was winning the Go Kart Challenge but nothing compared to meeting ‘God’,” he said.
“Valentino Rossi was very generous with his time and spoke with us at length about a number of topics.”
Demmery thanked Yamaha Motors Japan, Yamaha Motors Australia, VR46 Master Camp and Valentino Rossi for making the trip possible.
“Not just anyone can rock up and ride on Vale’s private test track and I feel very honoured to have been invited. I look forward to the day I can go back,” he said.