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

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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

Mo­tovudu

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

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