11 MORE WAYS TO LEARN FROM THE GREATS
Former winners are waiting to pass on their skills, both on and off road. Here is our pick of the best
Honda Ron Haslam Race School
Donington Park, Leicestershire. £199-£399 Who’s the god? Former GP star and all-round legend Ron Haslam, of course, and, sometimes his nearlyas-famous son Leon plus other well known Brit racers, past and present. What you get Track tuition for all levels of skill and experience, and the Elite Experience. www.haslamraceschool.com “There are loads of customers, but you never get the sense that you’re being rushed through. It’s just really positive and it makes you feel good about riding bikes on track.” Emma Franklin, MCN Production Editor
Honda Ride and Skid It
Buxton, Derbyshire. £75 Who’s the god? Les Collins – former speedway world number two. What you get This is a speedway school that caters for all levels of skill from novice to professional racer. The instruction is carried out by either ex or current flattrack and speedway riders. www.rideandskidit.com or 07927 425087 “The drills around tight circles marked out by cones are revelatory as Collins encourages you to snap the throttle open to make the back end snap out of line for tighter turning.” Tony Hoare, MCN Consumer Editor
James Whitham Track Training
Anglesey, Mallory Park (both £195) and Croft (£220) Who’s the god? James Whitham, alongside a host of other instructors, including TT race winner Ian Hutchinson and BSB riders Dan Linfoot and Richard Cooper. What you get Track day tuition with former British champion and World Superbike race-winner turned TV presenter James Whitham. His days are also instructed by other racers too. www.jameswhitham.com
KTM MX Experience
Venues in West Sussex, Hampshire and the Midlands. £185
Who’s the god? Barry Johnson – former British and international motocross racer who won four British titles.
What you get Motocross training for all experience levels training on a choice of off road KTMS. www.ktmmxexperience.co.uk
At various UK and European circuits £299-£960 depending on location and instructor
Who’s the god? Simon Crafar – a 500GP winner, turned instructor. Multiple BSB Champion John Reynolds is also one of the coaches.
What you get One-to-one track tuition from Crafar (in continental Europe) and Reynolds (in the UK). The goal is for you ‘to put that perfect lap together.’ www.motovudu.com
Ducati Riding Experience (DRE)
Mugello and other European circuits, £1761.97 (Champs Academy)
Who’s the god? Michele Pirro (Ducati Motogp test rider and Motogp wildcarder), Carlos Checa (2011 WSB Champion), Manuel Poggiali (2001 125GP champion) and more.
What you get Track tuition on supplied Ducatis – depending on which course you opt for. On the Champs Academy Course, you get a chance to ride with Ducati racers past and present. dre.ducati.it/en “You learn from super-fast Italian racers and also learn how to get the most out of electronic rider aids, especially cornering ABS.” Tim Thompson, MCN Head of Content
Mick Extance Experience
Berwyn Mountains near Llangynog, the Tanat Valley. From £175
Who’s the god? Mick Extance, who has completed the Dakar Rally five times.
What you get A variety of courses including Enduro Experiences and One to One Training. There are Spanish tours too for riders who want to go further afield. www.mickextanceexperience.com
Ady Smith Off-road School
North Wales, Worcestershire and Eastbourne. From £85
Who’s the god? Ady Smith, winner of many UK championships, as well as 11 International Six Day Enduros, winning six Gold Medals and getting fifth in the 125 Class.
What you get Off road and supermoto schools for all abilities. The bikes are supplied and there are also other setup days for your own bike. www.adysmith.co.uk/booking/
Desert Rose Adventure Riding Academy
Westfield, East Sussex. From £245
Who’s the god? Patsy Quick, who has competed in four Dakars and was European Women’s Champion. www.adventureridingacademy.com “Patsy and her team of instructors have been there and done that – meaning that their riding experience and bike preparation skills are current and second to none.” Michael Guy, MCN Sports Editor
Dave Thorpe Honda Off-road Centre
Ynyswbwl, South Wales. From £209 Who’s the god? Dave Thorpe – four time 500cc World Champion What you get Off road training for novices upwards. 01884 266443
Yamaha Off- Road Experience
Llanidloes, Mid Wales. From £205
Who’s the god? Geraint Jones, 10-time British Enduro Champion and holds eight ISDE Gold medals (International Six Day Enduro).
What you get Jones runs courses for novices upwards on adventure bikes as well as enduro machines so you aren’t just restricted to motocross bikes. www.yamaha-offroad-experience. co.uk
Patsy Quick is a hardcore Dakar rider and ready to share her skills
Pillion with Ron? You’ll never forget it
Learn from race legend Simon Crafar