After a 2-year absence due to international travel restrictions, Levi Day has returned to Mac Park for another bumper season with his coaching program On Track Rider Training.
Along with coaches Davo Johnson, Ty Lynch and Billy McConnell, Levi will host riders of all skill levels across the Summer with back-to-back training events in SA's south-east.
The events kicked off last week with Wycheproof MCC members making the trip from as far as Sydney and Melbourne to take advantage of the popular coaching days, many of which have sold out. For the club, the coaching is an annual event that they will continue to attend for years to come - with the smooth running of the day, the skill level of the coaches and the famous homely lunch being major draw cards.
Club secretary Chris Duffy made the most of the open track time format on four different bikes over the weekend.
"Davo Johnson is the King of Smooth and when you follow him on track you are amazed at how he can throw that R1 around so effortlessly. His de-brief at the end of your 1-on-1 session leaves you feeling good about the positives you have displayed but aware that there is room for significant improvement if you brush up on one or two small areas. It isn't information overload and you go straight back out on track to put his wise advice into practice."
- Chris Duffy, Wycheproof MCC
Kevin Hood was the recipient of one of two "most improved rider" awards over the weekend.
Having participated in the coaching days over previous summers as well as this season, Kevin appreciates how personalised the coaching was. In earlier years, the advice Kevin received was focussed on helping him developing a smoother and safer riding style. This year, as a more experienced rider, the focus was on fine-tuning his approach to corners where he was losing valuable seconds.
"The coaches are incredibly skilled and picked up on little things you don't even know you're doing and before you know it the bike feels smoother, more controlled, and as a result your lap times drop without even feeling like you're pushing harder.
I would recommend Levi Day's coaching to anyone at any skill level." - Kevin Hood
Tara Morrison, who made her Supersport 300 ASBK debut at the end of 2022, was thrilled to hit a new personal best on her first ride for 2023. Her on track finesse was the talk of many of the other riders over the weekend - sweeping seemingly effortlessly through the corners. However, anyone that spoke to the self-critical Tara during the event would know how hard she was working, carefully analysing her laps and her body positioning to seek every opportunity for improvement whilst taking on board all of the information from her coaching sessions.
After finishing the weekend with consistent low 1:18s (lap time), Tara is excited for the busy racing season ahead.
Lucas Warren was excited about the progression he made over the weekend, having just completed his very first year as both a rider and a racer through the SA bLU cRU Junior Cup program.
Starting the weekend in the 1:32s, Lucas consistently progressed, finishing Sunday with a 1:23.1 on his Ninja 400.
"I learnt so much about lines and braking markers over the course of the weekend. While working on lines and techniques was the focus rather than lap times, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the lap times dropped." - Lucas Warren
Georgia Stephens worked her way down to a 1.27 flat over the weekend, and spoke of how on track coaches Ty and Davo pushed her out of her comfort zone. Correct gearing was the key to improvement for Georgia, who was sitting in the 1.55s at this time last year. Georgia will be putting her new skills to good use in the South Australian road racing championships during 2023.
With events capped at 25 riders per day, very limited spaces remain for upcoming coaching weekends, with two different levels of coaching available and discounts for consecutive days booked.
To see the available dates, more information and to book your coaching session:
or email Levi Day directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
BY REBECCA BOWDIDGE