Junior Rider Training
The history of our junior programs:
Australia’s most successful Junior Road Race series, the Moriwaki, was established by Tony Hatton. Bernie was responsible for the Moriwaki schools and he coached many riders from this program including: Ant West, Chirs Vuemluen, Brock Parkes, Josh Brookes, Wayne Maxwell and Russel Holland
Bernie coached and managed his own national road race team that competed in the Australian National Road Race Series, where his riders became champions in their first year!
1997 – Anthony West – Australian 250 Production Champion – 3 x 125 Championship won the Australian Road Racer of the year Samurai Cup
1998 Broc Parkes – Australian 250 Production Champion – 125 Grand Prix Champion
Bernie’s coaching experience includes: Australian Road and Dirt Championships, Asian Road Race, Japan Road Race Series, World Supersport, World Superbike, Moto 3, Moto 2, Moto GP and the German IDM Championships
Wakefield Park Junior Rider Development Program
The skills covered in this course will serve as the foundation for good riding habits and skills as you transition through the ranks.
Is this course for you?
If you have the below traits you will benefit immensely from this program and enjoy seeing your skills reach new heights
- Have a long-term goal in the sport
- Able to perform at a competent level of fitness training
- Possess a professional attitude – demonstrate the right attitude towards the sport, the program, other riders and coaches
- Are committed
What to expect?
Through a program of skill sessions, rides and discussion, juniors will gain experience within all aspects of riding and mechanical know how. On top of this, they will gain a broader understanding of the challenges of training, over-training, motivation and competition. This will help the junior riders sustain a balanced approached to their beloved sport, while remembering that the main aim of riding is to enjoy themselves!
Our junior program is delivered in a safe environment for riders to develop their bike handling, safety and of course racing skills. All organised sessions are fully supported with qualified coaches and parents are welcome to attend to provide support.
Juniors will enjoy 2 days of rider training at Wakefield Park Raceway. Skills covered will include:
- Bike Handling
- Cornering technique
- Bunch riding skills, including an introduction to good pace line skills
- Braking techniques
- Awareness skills
- Riding technique
- Day 1 – AM: Tar Track / PM: Dirt Track
- Day 2 – AM/PM: Tar Track
What to bring?
Riders will need to bring:
- Road bike
- Dirt bike – if you do not own a dirt bike we can supply one at no extra cost
- PPE (full leathers are required)
- 1 x night accommodation (shared room) is included in the course cost
- Extra nights accommodation available at $35 per night (shared room) – please book this directly with Top Rider
- Parents/carers can also book accommodation at $35 per night (shared room) – please make note on booking and we will bunk you together
Next available dates:
- Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July 2019 (school holidays)
How to book online?
- You need to book the course called “Junior Development Program (2 Days)” and select the available date (you only need to select the the 1 date – this will automatically book you in for both days)
How can you improve your technique as a young rider?
By continuous training you will begin to memorise the feeling of riding, resulting in you riding without thinking so much about technique. From here things then come more naturally and that means you then have the ability to think about other things, like racing tactics or which line to take. It is important to keep working hard and always believe in yourself! Riders who tend to make it are the riders who are very confident and have one goal. The idea is to keep aiming higher and race against other riders, or train against riders of another level, because by doing that you being to progress.