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Youngsters polish their skills on-track in push for a safer future

Youngsters as young as 11 are being encouraged to learn motorcycle handling skills away from road hazards – and as well as equipping them for safer road riding in later life, the initiative is also deepening the pool of British racing talent.

The ACU-accredited British Superbike School offers “professional motorcycle training for road and track riders – with or without a full licence” delivered by nine ACU track coaches on the 1.6 miles Blyton Park Raceway in Lincolnshire, but it’s more than a purely commercial enterprise. The aim of Mike Abbott, the founder of the Newark-based school, is to produce safer riders.

Abbott MBA, who has been riding motorcycles for more than 50 years and road racing at club level for 16 of them, is a qualified FE teacher and management consultant, a RoSPA motorcycle instructor, a licenced DVSA ERS trainer and a Level II ACU road race coach.

The British Superbike school recently offered a free training day for a young rider aged 15-17 (with parental permission). The prize included the use of a new Yamaha R3, helmet, leathers, gloves and boots courtesy of Yamaha’s Partner Track Bike Hire UK. Entrants had to answer the question: “What is the official prime cause of motorcycle road accidents?”

The competition was won by 15-year-old Tudor Cole who spent a day at Blyton Park on 29 August, riding the Yamaha mini race bike. The track is marshalled by Blyton and the school’s own coaches, with two teams of paramedics and a fire truck in attendance, to try and make the days as safe as we reasonably can, but like every other high speed motorsport there are obvious physical risks.

“We are trying to do our bit to attract young riders and get them properly trained.

The idea was to try to encourage young riders to learn bike control before they ride on the road, or anyway before they ride a 125cc bike,” said Abbott.

Another 15-year-old, Joe Woodward – the son of a British Superbike School coach, spent the 25 July training and practising before going on to win both 125cc classic races at Donnington the following weekend.



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