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Nobby Ueda shows young riders the way in the Pocket Bikes school of Takuma Aoki

Nobby Ueda shows young riders the way in the Pocket Bikes school of Takuma Aoki

Nobby Ueda shows young riders the way in the Pocket Bikes school of Takuma Aoki

The Takuma Aoki Pocket Bike school has been clocking up the miles last weekend with an intense two days at the Suzuka circuit, Japan, when the doors were thrown open to the public. This isn't the first time the GP circuit has witnessed the Pocketbike sensation; during the Eight-hour race last year 270 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 had their first mini moto instruction.

The idea of the school is to teach children of a young age how to handle a motorcycle. The founder of this idea is ex 500cc rider Takuma Aoki, who retired in 1998 after a serious accident in Japan that left him a paraplegic. He decided that he wanted to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation and try to generate for his country a series of brave and passionate riders. Even though Aoki could not be present at the most recent edition of the school he had some able monitors helping out such as Nobby Ueda, Hiroshi Aoyama, Naoki Katoh y Nobuyuki Yunoki.

For almost all the children this was their initial contact with a bike but Ueda, also a first-timer but in regards to rider coaching, was impressed with the learning capacity of the kids: `First we learned how to pull up and stop with their parents helping out but after 15 minutes the majority of the kids were doing it by themselves´. The charismatic former 125cc GP winner who decided to retire after the last GP of 2002 at Valencia and 12 years in the World Championships, also added: `I thought the experience was very positive and beneficial, even for me! I am hoping that here we might able to find a future star of MotoGP!.´

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125cc, 2003

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