Legendary coaches passes on advice to next generation of dirtbike riders

Queensland Moto Park (QMP) held its Easter coaching camp last week for riders of all ages and abilities.

COACHING CAMP: Expert dirt bike coach Barry Surawski passes on his knowledge to students.

COACHING CAMP: Expert dirt bike coach Barry Surawski passes on his knowledge to students.

The camp, led by supercross coach Barry Surawski and four time enduro champion Jemma Wilson, ran for several days and had more than a dozen participants.

QMP park manager Ray Buchanan said beginners through to advanced riders attended.

“All of the people who were here went away with a lot more knowledge about how to best handle a bike compared with before they came,” he said.

Mr Buchanan said a range of different exercises and skills were worked on throughout the camp.

“Initially they worked on basic techniques like cornering, ride position and bike preparation,” he said.

“But as they moved on through the week they also trained on more specific areas such as braking, acceleration, advanced cornering and navigating obstacles such as logs and rocks.”

Mr Buchanan said the camp utilised all of the facility’s motocross tracks.

“Once the participants had all the skills down pat, they were allowed some free riding on our courses and some even were involved in an enduro ride as well,” he said.

While the idea of a coaching camp is relatively new for QMP, the concept has already proven a success and plans are afoot to make it a regular school holiday event.

“It’s a great way for the whole family to get away for the holidays, the kids are kept busy and the parents can either get involved with the riding or enjoy camping in the Scenic Rim,” Mr Buchanan said.

He said the camp had attracted a lot of repeat customers who enjoyed holidaying in the region.

“We’ve had people from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and from as far away as Gympie attend.

“There was even a father and daughter who came down to ride together, so it is obviously a great way to bond together as a family.”

Mr Buchanan said it was important to develop the sport by including people and provide an experience you might not get elsewhere.

“It’s also about providing a safe environment for kids to ride their bikes under controlled supervision.”