Team Wood MotorCycle Youth Academy
OUR SPORTS FUTURE IS IN OUR YOUTH OF TODAY!
THE MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING CLUB OF IRELAND LTD ARE A PROMOTING MOTORCYCLE RACING CLUB. WE PROMOTE TWO SHORT CIRCUIT EVENTS EACH YEAR. THE ANNUAL ENKALON TROPHY RACES ON EASTER SATURDAY AND THE DAVID WOOD MOTORCYCLE TROPHY RACES IN SEPTEMBER.
AFTER OUR RACE EVENT IN SEPTEMBER, WE IDENTIFIED THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY HELP WITH THE WAY YOUTH ARE INTRODUCED TO NATIONAL TARMAC MOTORCYCLE RACING FROM MINI, PIT BIKE AND MOTOX RACING WHEN THEY BECOME 12YRS OLD. CURRENTLY THE IRISH MINIBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP CATER FOR YOUTH RIDERS FROM THE AGE OF 6YRS TO VETERAN ROAD RACERS.
MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE ESTABLISHED A WAY TO TURN SCHOOLKIDS INTO GP CHAMPS. ITALY AND SPAIN LEAD THE WAY, WHILE BRITAIN ONLY RECENTLY INTRODUCED THE BRITISH TALENT CUP, NOW A BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS IN WHICH YOUNGSTERS GET A SHOT AT THE BIG TIME. THE DIFFERENCE HERE IN NORTHERN IRELAND WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUTH THAT RACE IN LOCAL MINI MOTO AND PIT BIKE RACING THAT THEY CAN COME AND HAVE A GO AT NATIONAL RACING FROM THE AGE OF 12.
OUR VERY OWN FIVE TIMES WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPION JONATHAN REA STARTED OUT IN YOUTH MOTO X, THERE IS NO REASON WHY NONE OF THE YOUTH COMPETITORS OF TODAY COULDN’T REACH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEVELS.
A COMMITTEE OF 6 CLUB MEMBERS HAVE SET UP WITH MRS LEE WOOD BLESSINGS “THE TEAM WOOD MOTORCYCLE YOUTH ACADEMY” INSPIRED BY OUR LATE CHAIRMAN AND GREAT FRIEND DAVY WOOD, WHO WAS DEDICATED TO HELPING OTHERS WITHIN MOTORCYCLE RACING WITH HIS TEAM WOOD AND SPONSOR DEALS FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.
OUR ACADEMY’S AIM IS TO HELP PARENTS/GUARDIANS WITH OUR SUPPORT, KNOWLEDGE TO GIVE THESE YOUNG COMPETITORS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 -15 BOTH BOYS & GIRLS THE OPPORTUNITY IN MOTORCYCLE RACING AT A LOWER COST AND RECEIVE THE RIGHT TRAINING, TECHNIQUE TO INSPIRE CONFIDENCE.
THE ACADEMY RECEIVED 5 APPLICATIONS AND OUR INITIAL OBJECTIVE WAS TO HELP ONE COMPETITOR IN 2020, THAT APPLICATE WOULD HAVE THE USE OF A NEW TIANDA TDR 300 MACHINE TO COMPETE IN THE MOTO-ONE CLASS AT ULSTER SUPERBIKE AND MONDELLO PARK EVENTS. THIS IS AN ENTRY LEVEL RACE CLASS AND A PURPOSE-BUILT PUKKA MACHINE. AFTER FURTHER MEETINGS WE DECIDED THAT ALL FIVE WOULD GET SUPPORT WITH FREE ENTRIES TO ALL MCRRCI EVENTS IN 2020.
THE COMMITTEE HAVE ALSO WORKED HARD OVER THE RECENT MONTHS TO ATTRACT SPONSORS, DONATIONS AND RACE SUPPORT DISCOUNTS FROM LONG ESTABLISHED TRADE, CLUB SPONSORS AND RACE SUPPORTERS.
2020 Year came to an abrupt halt before our season even started due to the Covid 19 pandemic. All plans for the Academy riders also stopped.
Our fully supported rider Alexander Rowan from Dromara was luckly to venture to the British Talent Cup Championship at BSB . He did exceptionally well at each event improving in every session. Unforturnatley the Team Wood Academy Tianda TD300 for the USBK Championship didnt turn a wheel so far in 2020. Hopefully this will be resolved in 2021.
Martin Burnett #72 also was able to travel to UK to selected rounds of the Thundersport Championship, again Martin excelled in learning new tracks, and racing new fellow competitors.
Kia McClintock #16, Rob Rowan #13 and Lee Hara #67 all had to sit tight at home and got racing at the only short circuit in Ireland this year at Kirkistown. All three did themselves proud getting great results with limited track time.