It is almost impossible to pick when a club will suddenly go beserk, but when it happens, we are more than happy to help.
We were booked to visit New Plymouth in May for its quarterly visit, when we were inundated with people from the Naki suddenly keen on coaching. So rather than put them off, we squeezed a couple of days from the school holidays and made an early visit.
Many of the riders were newbies, enough to fill up the Wednesday, but when two of our regulars heard about the visit, it was an easy decision to make an overnighter of it.
I arrived at the Barrett road facility on Tuesday to discover that a massive downpour that afternoon had left us in a wee pickle. What do you do when the track is a bog? The simple answer was for us to make a new one.
We hammered out the session on a short circuit that had little forgiveness for those that wanted to steer with the rear wheel, which turned out to be exactly what Zac needed with the nationals coming in just a few days. Even though he had a hard time of it that weekend, it is certain that we were working on the right things, especially when combined with the work we did on a slippery set of rollers. They claimed Zac once but he got back out there, and my only regret is that I didn’t catch Blair on video going through there. He seriously had it dialled, powering the rear wheel down the back side of each roller for a rocket-like acceleration that was mind blowing. It made for a good evening back at Blairs place that night talking motorbikes.
The big day arrived, and it turns out that a long and dry summer is good for something. The wetness had soaked away, to leave us with a mini track that was definitely rideable and only got better as the day progressed. The only concern was Aiden and Jessie’s bikes, one that wouldn’t get out of neutral, while the other also needed some impromptu mechanical work.Well that wasn’t the only concern.
I always try to fix the most important part of a riders technique first, which is often also the hardest thing to change. In the case of our first session, it took us most of the two hours to change the first thing in each rider. This is a test if patience like little else, which is where it pays that I am coming in from the outside. Fortunately we did make the break through by the end, and while it may not have been a change to many things, it was the most important.
We had some troubles in setting up the next session as the riders didn’t think they would match. Fortunately after some hard work the monday prior by Jade’s Dad, he was good to go on his 65, to the point where he was able to perfectly comfortable behind Jacob on his RM85 for our coaching day
The skills worked on with this pair helped their turning, standing and braking, skills that were also focused on with Jacob’s older brother in the next session. The only difference was that we were on the big track with Luke and Jack, so ruts and rollers were in the mix.
By now the track was tacky like plasticine, and the boys had some serious fun. Naturally many of these riders are already signing up for the session in a months time we are still going to be running. Hopefully along with some of the other keen mini riders that are now coming through the club.