After a long season of earning points for these top Suzuki amateurs to win a trip to my farm had finally come. The contest winners had to earn a certain amount of point by racing and getting good results to win the trip to my track where I would host a private mini RCU.
The camp was a total of three days, the first day being for the mini bike riders, and the second day being for the bigger bikes, 250s and 450s. And the third day was a open practice day for all the guys. It was a very select group with only the top 12 riders from each group earning their place in the school. With it being so limited it would make it really easy to give the one on one time with each rider that was needed and make as productive as possible so that everyone could leave being faster and closer to reaching their goals of becoming better riders.
The first day with the mini riders was great; we got to practice a bunch of sections on the track but mainly focusing on corner entry and charging the corners as hard as possible. I believe at that age it is extremely important to learn that because it is something that you can carry with you the whole way through your career. I must say that I am always amazed at the young talent coming p these days, they ride so fast and do things on the bike that are far more advanced than I ever anticipate. That makes it fun for teaching as well because it seems like they can relate to what I’m telling them and it goes a long way. We had a great first day with all the young guys and I was really impressed with how they improved throughout the whole day. The second day was just as good, I saw myself amazed once again with these new up and coming amateurs on the bigger bikes, flicking the bike around like they were 80s and riding with a lot of aggression and speed. I pretty much did the same thing the second day with the older group as I did the first day with the minis and it was a success as well.
The last and third day was a open ride day. This would be a day to put the whole track together with everything they learned during the camp and make it all work together. It was great to see all of the riders putting everything together and executing on what we had practiced. If you had taken a video of them from the first day they rode the track to the last time they rode the track I think most people would have been impressed and most importantly I hope that the riders them selves feel like they learned and got better.
All in all I think the Suzuki Camp Carmichael was a success and it was a cool thing that they put together. I think it’s important to help and grow the future of our sport as much as possible. It what keeps things moving and growing. I’m so lucky to be affiliated with Suzuki and be able to help with great programs like this that help all theses great riders that some day want to be at the premier level of MX racing. I think everything went well and look forward to the opportunity again and hope that all the riders and parents had a great time and found this beneficial for them.
This wraps up the 2012 RCU events and we are finalizing the dates and locations for the 2013 events so stay tuned for details.
For more on the Suzuki Camp Carmichael Contingency program click here.