Skills Session Proves There’s More To Being A Successful Superbike Rider
Last week on "InsureMyRide The Ultimate Rider" our contestants took it slow – easing themselves into the competition spirit. This week, the contestants were asked to step it up!
Sydney (I-Newswire) November 15, 2012 - In the Skill Session our seven rookies had to pick the correct line around a tricky course – the winner was the rider with the fastest lap time.
But even a lesson in slow manoeuvring couldn’t stop eager Daniel putting pedal to the metal causing him to skid out just minutes into his ride.
"Makes me a bit nervous young Dan" Team Honda Racing Principal Paul Free said, watching on from the sideline.
One rider doing everything he could not to make a similar mistake was 17-year-old Brody from country New South Wales. Topping the leader board, Brody was acutely aware of what is up for grabs.
"It'd mean a lot to win this competition. I think it'd be a massive confidence boost. Obviously $20,000 is a lot of money. But the opportunity to do tests and everything with Honda, that'd be amazing," said Brody.
Although not at speed, this week’s Points Challenge was vitally important – judges and mentors Paul Free and GP legend Daryl Beattie, both know there’s more to being a successful superbike rider than just going fast.
But 17-year-old Kyle, one of the competitions youngest rookies, was struggling to focus on the task at hand – with a terrible bout of home sickness distracting him.
You know with Kyle, I’d like to see some aggression or some confidence come out and see him grow," said judge Daryl Beattie.
"I really like Kyle, he’s just a lovely young fella you know. Just lacks confidence something fierce. He can ride a motorbike, there is no question there, it’s almost like with Kyle when he puts the helmet on and puts the visor down, he’s a different person," said judge Paul Free.
At the other end of the spectrum 21-year-old Glenn revealed the shocking reason he had to grow up fast.
"Yeah I lost both my parents to a motorcycle accident in 2003 when I was only 12…
But bad things happen to people every day and it's how that person deals with that problem and moves on from it to make them who they are," said Glenn.
With the Points Challenge complete and after a week of technical skills and tight corners, our oldest rider Sam received top marks. Once again pipped by the postie, Alex has had to settle for a three-way tie with Glenn and Brody for second. With this points update, Sam is now leading the pack on 10 points, and shy guy Kyle falls to last on just 6.
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Published On:November 15, 2012
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