Spruce up bike skills

Ex­perts are on hand to re­fresh rid­ers, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

SPRING has al­most sprung and for most rid­ers that means dust­ing off the leathers and the bike. But your gear isn’t the only thing that needs a spruce-up. Your skills could also do with a pol­ish.

With that in mind, Alex Gobert’s Road Race Per­for­mance Academy has teamed with Cham­pion’s Ride Days to help raise the level of mo­tor­cy­cle rider train­ing.

The pair have formed an al­liance for Cham­pion’s Ride Days to present the RRPA pro­gram at all of its track days from Septem­ber 1, of­fer­ing rid­ers cour­ses to im­prove their skills un­der the in­struc­tion of Motorcycling Aus­tralia-ac­cred­ited coaches.

Gobert and his team have split the RRPA pro­gram into three lev­els. The pro­gram will be avail­able at all Cham­pion’s Ride Days for $150 a level, on top of the track en­try fee.

‘‘Since launch­ing RRPA last year, an in­tense learn­ing process has pre­pared us well for our al­liance with Cham­pi­ons Ride Days, es­sen­tially al­low­ing my team of coaches to fo­cus on the tu­ition while the event is run to the qual­ity that Cham­pion’s is recog­nised for,’’ Gobert says.

Gobert’s ven­ture is an al­ter­na­tive to Steve Brouggy’s lon­grun­ning Cal­i­for­nia Su­per­bike School pro­gram, but both cour­ses are rec­om­mended, if only to learn the slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proaches in tech­nique and coach­ing styles.

Cham­pion’s Ride Day events are at the Broad­ford and Win­ton cir­cuits. The Su­per­bike School uses the Phillip Is­land track.

Gobert’s next event is at Broad- ford on Septem­ber 6. The next Su­per­bike School cour­ses are on Septem­ber 7 and 8.

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