Under bright blue skies and hot summer weather, the inaugural FIM Speedway Training Camp – Down Under has concluded at Gillman Speedway Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. The training camp was hosted by Motorcycling Australia (MA), FIM Track Racing Commission (CCP) and FIM Oceania.
Seventeen of the Oceania region’s best young speedway talent, including one female rider, came together for specialised training by an expert team of coaches who assembled for this special project, including FIM Track Racing Commission Director - Armando Castagna, SGP Race Director - Phil Morris, both former riders. In addition to Australian Speedway legend and former SGP rider, Leigh Adams.
The training camp included on-track riding session focussing on rider technique, body positioning, race starts and improving key fundamentals of speedway racing. The depth of the three day training also included classroom seminars covering topics including exercise and nutrition, media training, bike preparation, bike maintenance, FIM license and insurance systems and Anti-Doping education inclusive of the FIM Ride True awareness.
Mr Castagna remarked, ‘’It was a remarkable training camp and I am very happy with the outcome on the three days. It has been one of the best ever training camps that the Track Racing Commission has conducted. Working together Motorcycling Australia (MA) and FIM Oceania (FIMO) was a great partnership and the event was well conducted with Gillman Speedway providing a good track. The level of some of these young riders is already extremely good but over each day we could see the riders improving in many areas. They were very pleased to get the expert training from the FIM representatives. I hope that MA will use these three days of training to help develop riders from Oceania for the future.’’
Motorcycling Australia (MA) commitment to this project comes from a long and proud history in international speedway. The Oceania region has been the breeding ground for some of the best speedway riders in the world over many years. MA CEO Peter Doyle commented with his thoughts on the training camp.
‘’MA is extremely pleased with the result of this first ever FIM Speedway Training Camp – Down Under. These young riders have done a great job as they were keen to listen to these experts and put their recommendations into action, both on and off the track. Creating the next FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion takes more than just a fast rider and I think it was great that the camp included the classroom components and the importance of these other elements. Maybe from this training camp we might see the next speedway superstar one day. MA must thank the FIM and the Track Racing Commission for their amazing passion and dedication to developing young riders and supporting this important project for MA. Commented Mr. Doyle.
After three busy days on and off track, these young riders received a comprehensive education in speedway racing and in the steps needed to become a professional rider. A strong display of talent from the riders of the training camp indicates that Australia is well placed to continue having a strong impact on international speedway and creating more FIM world champions in the future.
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