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Saturday 18th August 2012

Newcomers get their first taste of the Mountain Course as 2012 Manx Grand Prix Festival gets underway.

After a short delay, around 50 riders got their first taste of the TT Mountain Course at the 2012 Manx Grand Prix Festival.

 

Saturday 18th August 2012

Newcomers get their first taste of the Mountain Course as 2012 Manx Grand Prix Festival gets underway.

After a short delay, around 50 riders got their first taste of the TT Mountain Course at the 2012 Manx Grand Prix Festival.

The rain of the last few days gave way to bright sunshine at the Grandstand although standing water was reported from Laurel Bank to Glen Helen and further wet patches at Handley’s Corner.

The riders were introduced to the course with a speed-controlled lap under the expert guidance of ex and current TT and MGP competitors. Dick Cassidy, in his last year of service after over 30 years as a travelling marshal, was given the honour of leading the riders away while other experienced competitors showing the way included Dave Madsen-Mygdall, Alan Jackson and Johnny Barton.

Loughborough based Andrew Soar and Wigan’s Jamie Hodson, son of TT stalwart Jim were the first newcomers away with other notable mountain course novices included Splitlath Redmond’s John Simpson and Jamie Hodson’s brother Roy who were also involved in the session.

This year’s newcomers field has a particularly international feel with riders from Sweden (Bjorn Gunnarsson), Czech Republic (Kamil Holan), Finland (Tapio Mustonen), Netherlands (Michael Hofman and Peter Heijmans), France (Steve Cervellin), Denmark (Thilo Haefele), USA (David Crussell), Germany (Rene Scheuren and Thomas Gottschalk) Austria (Ernest RIede), Faroe Islands (Terje Joensen) and Belgium’s Renzo van der Donckt all taking to the mountain course for the first time.

Unfortunately the rest of the session was unable to take place due to insufficient marshals signing on to cover the course so Monday will now be the first chance for the leading competitors to get up to speed. Monday’s session is scheduled to get underway at 18.20 with the Senior, Junior and SuperTwin machines first away followed at 19.05 by Classics, Lightweight and the Newcomers first unrestricted laps.

Pictures: Dave Kneen ManxPhotosOnline.com





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PRESS RELEASE - Mondello Park Introduces Superbike School

PRESS RELEASE

20-02-13

For immediate Release

Mondello Park Track Training expands with new Superbike School

With a busy Motorcycle Track Day calendar and a successful Track Day Training programme already in place, Mondello Park is set to expand its Motorcycle performance training with the addition of a Superbike School.

 

The Mondello Park Superbike School will be introduced on March 22nd and will give riders an opportunity to learn from some of Ireland's top Motorcycle Racing trainers and coaches. With an emphasis on cornering techniques, the programme will help already skilled Track Day Riders and Motorcycle Racing competitors to improve their performance and therefore their lap times.

 

The course will run at Mondello Park and will be for riders using their own Track or Racing Motorcycles. The single day course will take riders through a series of exercises designed to improve their braking, steering, throttle control and racing lines and will use a combination of classroom, low speed and high speed instruction. With numbers limited to thirty, riders will be guaranteed sufficient personal attention to make the most from the course.

 

The new course aims to fill a gap in the Irish market for advanced track riding instruction. Coaching is a very important part of racing even for the most experienced riders, right up to World Superbike and MotoGP level, but previously it has not been readily available in Ireland. It is hoped that the new course will be used by existing competitors, in addition to becoming a part of the training of new competitors over the coming years.

 

Bookings are now being taken for the first Mondello Park Superbike School on Friday March 22nd, which is perfectly timed to offer pre season coaching before the 2013 Motorcycle Racing and Track Day seasons get under way. The cost of the course is €275.00, which includes refreshments and lunch.

 

ENDS

 

For further information on the Superbike School see www.mondellopark.ie/superbikeschool.

For high-res images of the Mondello Park Superbike School call Fergus Brennan 045-878120.

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