Training is an important part of the MRRDA's program. We work very closely with the California Superbike School and a number of individual MA accredited coaches to ensure that our participants get the very highest level of training and coaching available.
At each round of the MRRDA Race series in 2013 we will have at least one California Superbike School coach available for series participants. Although these coaches will pay particular attention to the Nipper and Junior classes to ensure that they develop in a constructive and safe environment, they will be available for all participants to ask for advise, tips and ideas on how to improve. Juniors can also attend the California Superbike School at Eastern Creek to get a full day of training at heavily discounted rates, further information and dates are available on their website www.superbikeschool.com.au
Info from Adam - The California Superbike School
As I was wandering through the pits at Morgan Park over the weekend, it became apparent to me that there is a bit of uncertainty about the coaching/riding options available to junior riders. Where they can ride, when they can, how much it costs, what’s involved. The purpose of this email is simply to outline some of the options that we know of for juniors, and direct parents to a few people that may be able to help you in getting your child out onto a track more often.
From the Superbike School perspective there are a number of ways a junior can access our coaches...
The MRRDA: Our role at the MRRDA rounds is quite honestly, as far as coaching goes, very limited. A race meeting is not the time to make big changes in a rider, and there are plenty of other things on a riders mind at that time. We love being there as a support, and to help guide the kids with their riding, maybe help re-direct their attention back onto what they’re doing on the bike, but in terms of coaching it barely scratches the surface of what we do.
Motorcycling Victoria Junior Development Days at Broadford: Motorcycling Victoria have been running junior development days at Broadford for some time now, and earlier this year we jumped on board to lend our assistance by supplying a CSS on-track coach to all the Junior days they run. It’s not a fully structured program, but it is a dedicated training day where your child can work on their riding and get some coaching without the distraction of competition. Juniors just starting out and needing to do their "kick start" program and '5 hours' in order to obtain their competition licence are also catered for on MV Junior Development Days. Dates for these are available through the Motorcycling Victoria website.
California Superbike School at Eastern Creek: Juniors have been coming to see us at Eastern Creek for a few years now, so some of you may already know of this option. This is the full blown, no messing about, world renowned training program researched and refined for over 30 years by cornering guru Keith Code. This is where we build some real understanding in a rider. You know when your child wants to go faster and the only idea they have on how to do so is to “just push harder” or “try and tack onto the back of so-and-so”, or “I just gotta trust the tyres”. We’ve all heard it or something similar at some stage. That’s where the full CSS days help. It addresses the riders understanding of the activity of riding a motorcycle, and arms them with the tools to either fix problems with their riding, or devise logical, scientifically sound plans on how to improve.
Owing to licensing restrictions, Eastern Creek is the only circuit where we’re able to accept juniors for the full CSS program, and the child will need to be on either a 150 4-stroke or larger, or 80cc 2-stroke or larger. We are working on ways to provide the program to smaller bikes, however right at this moment it’s not available.
We try and make attending the CSS days at Eastern Creek as easy as possible for juniors in two ways.
1) We subsidise 50% of the cost for any rider under 16yrs. That makes it around the $250 mark (slightly more for weekend or public holiday) for each level.
2) We cap our bookings to allow for any VIP’s to book in at late notice, even into events shown as “sold out” on the website. Juniors fall into that VIP category. Either contact me direct on this email, phone our office, or even just show up at any Eastern Creek school day and we’ll make space for you and your rider. Just get there and we’ll take care of it on the day.
Beyond those Superbike School options, there are a range of others groups, clubs, and organisations who cater in one way or another to junior riders, whether it be by providing coaching, or track time, or in some cases both. Some of these I know of myself, others I have heard of through other people and have little info about other than contact details.
South Australia: Darren Trotter and the guys at Mac Park run a good number of days for juniors over there in South Australia. They have good flexibility with that circuit and a number of MA accredited coaches at their disposal which allows them to cater very well to young riders. Contact the Mt Gambier Motorcycle Club on (08) 8725 0163 for more info.
New South Wales: The North Coast Road Racers are a group that operate on go kart tracks in northern NSW. Website is www.northcoastroadracers.com.au Email is email@example.com, and the contact at that club is Matt Adamson on 02 6621 3536
Word has it that Garry Willmington at the Marulan Driver Training Centre opens his facility to junior riders from time to time. There’s no info about junior riders on his website, so perhaps it’s best to call him on 02 4841 1422, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise with Bernie Hatton and his facility “The Farm”. Again, the website doesn’t appear to mention anything about juniors, so best to call them on 1300 13 13 62 or email at email@example.com to find out what’s available.
Queensland: I believe also that some training is done at Morgan Park, however again I’m unsure of the details. The Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland run all the 2 wheeled action at that circuit, so their website is probably a good starting place for info on opportunities for juniors. www.motorcyclesportsmen.com.au
So, that’s enough out of me for now I think. Hopefully there’s some information somewhere in this email that is of use to you. If you know of other options for juniors not listed here, please by all means tell someone, anyone! Tell lots of people, or people who know lots of people.
Look forward to seeing you out at a track somewhere soon.
Chief Riding Coach and General Manager
California Superbike School - Australasia
Ph 1300 793 423
Fax 1300 884 980