MotoDNA Big Day Out
The motoDNA foundation celebrated The BIG DAY OUT at Broadford circuit with a stunning line up of racing legends fostering Australia’s next generation of road racing talent.
World Champions Troy Bayliss and Jason Crump joined 500 Grand Prix legend Kevin Magee and former 500 Grand prix racer Mark Willis with a big day of coaching and mentoring Australia’s young and upcoming road racers.
ASBK stars Chas Hern and Sophie Lovett where also a big hit passing on their experience and tips, with Sophie having made the red eye journey overnight from the previous days Darwin ASBK round.
motoDNA Foundation creator Mark McVeigh said: “ I am so pleased that we had a result today especially with the weather challenges. We are so grateful to all the coaches and ambassadors who have committed to the motoDNA foundation and given up their time to travel to Broadford for the BIG DAY OUT. We have a huge range of talent amongst the juniors aged from 10 to 16 years old and to bring them together with these legends of our sport is pretty unique in the world and a dream come true.”
Following this year’s BIG DAY OUT, the motoDNA Foundation will announce an upcoming range of initiatives designed to ultimately place Australian riders into World Championship teams. “Its been 2 years hard work to get to this stage and we are at a critical point now. We really need the Australian public to get behind this Foundation and support the next generation of Australian road racers” McVeigh said. A video of the day can be viewed on the motoDNA Foundations facebook page www.facebook.com/motodnafoundation
In line with the motoDNA foundation’s strategy, partnerships will be announced with World championship teams after the Philip Island MotoGP, followed by a funding drive to raise the money necessary to place riders with teams. The motoDNA foundation is calling for Australians to support the next generation of road racers by getting behind the upcoming initiatives. You can show your support now by liking and sharing the Foundation facebook page at www.facebook.com/motodnafoundation and keeping an eye out for the upcoming fund raising events.
World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss said: “I wanted to come and have a look at the juniors and see what’s going on. There are a lot of young fast guys and girls coming up through the ranks and coaching is important, it’s the way to go and I’m here with the motoDNA foundation to have a look at these junior Aussie riders and help where I can to see more Aussies overseas. It was good to spend some time with Magoo too always nice to get out on track for a spin with him and hear a few stories.”
500 Grand Prix legend Kevin Magee said “It’s a massive task putting the whole motoDNA Foundation and events together and it’s slowly growing. I have great motivation to help the young Aussies by passing on what I have learnt, sometimes from having crashed, burnt and stumbled through a Grand Prix career. We hope to help the juniors rise through the ranks quicker and onto the World stage.”
World Speedway legend Jason Crump said “Its really positive what’s going on here, motoDNA foundation are trying to bring the next generation of road racers along and I think that all sorts of motorcyclists should get involved. Everything about this is right, a professional bunch of riders working with kids to point them in the right direction. Its easy to make a mistake early in your career and if these young Aussies can get the right advise and guidance from the go its going to help them in the long run. There are lots of people out there who can give advice, but these kids are very lucky to have people like Troy Bayliss and Kevin Magee to correctly guide them.”
10 year old Joel Kelso from Gympie in Queensland said “ It means a lot to me that the motoDNA Foundation have taken the time and effort to come and teach us. It felt so awesome passing Troy Bayliss and he gave some great tips on how to ride in the rain.”
South Australia’s Nic Limington said “ The motoDNA foundation has been really good for me, its been awesome having Troy Bayliss, Kevin Magee and Jason Crump helping me out this weekend.” The 14 year old who has recently been accepted into the Red Bull rookie tryouts went on to say “It’s been really good also learning about the nutrition and fitness side of racing”.
Queensland rider, 15 year old Troy Guenther who has been battling in Japan this year said: “ It was a really great day having very experienced coaches. I learnt a fair bit from Kevin Magee including how aerodynamic I should be when cornering. The day covered all the aspects of riding including mental, physical and on track drills. To be able to sit down one on one with Troy Bayliss and also chat with Jason Crump was pretty special. It was inspiring to see how nice people they really are, not arrogant at all. I have a new respect for what they have achieved. “
Televised coverage will be aired in the lead up to the Philip Island MotoGP. Fans can keep up to date with the latest news and support the foundation by liking and sharing the Foundation facebook page at www.facebook.com/motodnafoundation
About the motoDNA foundation
The motoDNA foundation is a not-for-profit company with an independent board of directors, which provides a pathway for Australasian road racers into world championship road racing.
Youngsters, with the right talent and determination, receive high performance motorcycle coaching, management, finance, mentoring and access to our world championship road racing network and scouting program.
Fundraising events such as the BIG DAY OUT attract sports stars from across multiple disciplines including Motorcycle World Champions who provide mentoring and coaching to the juniors on the day. Funds are also raised by sales of coaching spots where everyday riders can come along for a days coaching and fun hanging out with current superstars and the stars of the future.
The man behind the motoDNA foundation is founder Mark McVeigh. As a former athlete – International 250GP road racer, MotoGP Race Engineer, Freelance Technical Moto Journalist and motoDNA Coach, he is well positioned to pull together the program, network and funding to support Australasian road racing talent.