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MotoGP Academy riders begin training

MotoGP Academy riders begin training

MotoGP Academy riders begin training

The six riders selected in February to join the MotoGP Academy begin the first stage of their training program this week at the Blume Residence in Barcelona, to get ready for the start of the Spanish Championship which will kick-off on the 8th of May in Albacete.

This project is a new initiative of World Championship rights holder Dorna Sports in order to uncover new racing talent of different nationalities.

Under the eye of former rider Raúl Jara, the members of the MotoGP Academy follow an intense daily schedule composed of physical training – footing, cycling and gym, and riding with supermoto sessions.

After the first three days, the youngsters start to feel the effect of the training. "It's very tiring, but we can't complain as we can do what we like," said 13 year-old Daniel Webb, the youngest member of the Academy.

For the latest recruit of the project, 19 year-old Spaniard Efrén Vázquez, "the hardest is to get up so early. We have to get up at 6h30 every morning, but coming here we knew we couldn't take it easy."

The favourite activity of the six riders of the MotoGP Academy is the supermoto training, an effective and enjoyable way to improve one's riding skills.

"Some of them have more experience than others, but the fact that they're all eager to learn is the most important," commented trainer and project coordinator Raúl Jara.

The riders will complete this first session on Saturday; they will go back to their respective country then, where they will follow a schedule designed by project director Alberto Puig.

MotoGP, 2005

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