News 2011



14 May 2011 - Manfeild

Opening a new chapter in the Moto Academy NZ story, we officially launched our new rider coaching programme for 2011. In this programme we will focus instead of providing a complete infrastructure to riders, rather on the riders themselves and developing their skills via a more traditional programme. Our partnership with the Vic Club will see us providing the programme to the clubs junior supported riders and also to other junior or senior riders who have decided to join the programme to improve their skills.

The junior riders in our programme(to date) this year are:

Oliver Croft (15) from Paraparaumu

Simon Vollmer (19) from Auckland

Tyler Lincoln (13) from Havelock North

Mihi Banks (Ngati Porou, 14) from Porirua

and the senior riders are:

Johan Aberg (30 mumble) from Wellington

Mark Brehaut (40 mumble) from Porirua 

Luke Millar (20 something) from Wellington (from Round 2).


3 April 2011 NZSBK Rd 5

Manfeild Park | Jarman takes third place in race 3 and 4th overall in NZSBK 125GP 2011. Orwin takes 7th again.

Moto Academy NZ congratulates all of the competitors in this years New Zealand Superbike Championships and especially the champions. We congratulate Jake Lewis for his victory in 125GP at his first try and we also congratulate James Jarman for a fantasitc 4th place, by only 7 points from 3rd! We point out that James competed at all the rounds with only his brother Simon to help him, while 1st, 2nd and 3rd places had teams of experienced technicians behind them. So we think that is a very worthy result.

After a bad knock to the head in November, Glen Orwin was never able to get up to the speed he showed last season and struggled with his performance during the summer. So while not improving on his 2010 placing, he at least maintained it, which was an excellent example of consistency and fortitude when faced with the realisation that he was not up to speed. Glen now plans to step away from racing over the coming winter, to train and get his head sorted, build up an even better bike and come back refreshed and clear next summer.

Well done to everyone.

26 March 2011 NZSBK Rd 4

Hampton Downs | Jarman takes 3rd overall for the round, Orwin 6th.

Moto Academy NZ 2010 graduate James Jarman has taken third place overall for the 4th round of the NZSBK 125GP class with 47 points on the day. 2009 and 2010 graduate Glen Orwin has taken 6th place for the round with three solid 6th place finishes. 2008 graduate Glen Skachill has taken the points lead of the round in the 600 Supersport class with a win and a second place. Unfortunately he was unable to back up his race 1 victory with a victory in the NZTT race, succombing to the challenge of Dennis Charlett.

Congratulations also to Avalon Biddle who took victory in the 125GP class NZTT title race.

26 March 2011 NZSBK Rd 4

Hampton Downs Race 1 | Jarman in the damp

Moto Academy NZ 2010 graduate James Jarman takes close fought victory over Jake Lewis and Avalon Biddle in difficult conditons at Hampton Downs Circuit. In conditions that were at once wet and then dry and after being given extra time to change tyres, James elected to race on rain tyres only to see the track dry rapidly. However, he stuck to his guns and committed himself to every corner and came away with his first National Championship race win in his first season trying. It was a close run thing with the margin being only 0.045s over Lewis who was on racing slicks, but he also ran the fastest lap of the race and after all, a win is a win!

Moto Academy NZ offers James our hearty congratulations and look forward to more great results.

James Jarman in late 2010 at Hampton Downs.


14 March 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Estoril test day 3 | Sissis in the wet

The third and final day of testing at Estoril for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup concluded with a damp and cool Monday. The fastest times remained from Saturday's session and while there were a number of fallers in the slippery conditions there were no injuries.

There were no fast times to be had in the difficult conditions but quickest again, as he was in the dry on Saturday, was Australian Arthur Sissis. The 15 year old was ahead of South African 15 year old Brad Binder and 13 year old Spaniard Aaron Espana, the fastest of the newcomers.

This is his 3rd Rookies Cup season but Sissis certainly doesn't think of himself as a road race veteran. “I've learnt a lot these three days, especially about riding in the wet. I've only ridden a few wet races and now I think I know a lot more but I am still finding out more every time I go out. It is hard to know just how fast I can go into the corners in the wet, plus it is changing all the time so it's not easy.”

Espana has done most of his racing near his home in Vidreres, Girona, Spain so had a great deal to get used to. “It was a good test, I haven't had much experience in the rain and I had never been to Estoril before so I learnt a lot. I love the bike, it is fast and easy to ride and I had a lot of fun on the track. Only the chicane I found very difficult. I knew that the level of the Rookies Cup is very high and I didn't expect to be running near the front so after being 8th fastest in the dry I am happy with the way things went. I am really looking forward to Jerez and even though I have never ridden there I will be trying for a top 10 result.”

Another of the quick newcomers was Willi Albert, the 13 year old German who was 8th fastest for the damp day. “I have learnt so much in these three days, it has been a lot of fun. Before coming here I had just ridden Metrakit bikes, mostly an 80cc with just 20hp, then I did a few tests and a race on a PreGP 125 but this is a real GP 125, very different. I love it so much, what a great bike. Now we have experience in all the conditions from wet to dry so I can't wait for the racing to start.”

For some, like 14 year old Englishman James Flitcroft who was 10th fastest, his 2nd Rookies year seems like a fresh start. “I'm 8 or 9kg heavier than I was this time last year and what a difference that makes. I am loving riding the bike now. I am also taller and I've been working on my physical training a lot in the off season so I am stronger and can do a lot more with the bike. I am happier with my riding and the bike but we can still improve the set-up. Especially accelerating out of the corners it is moving around more than it should. Of course it is damp and there are slippery patches but I still think we can improve the bike.”

Having as much fun as anyone was Joe Roberts, the 13 year old American newcomer who was 22nd fastest as he learnt to cope with the wet. “I really had no idea what to expect coming here. Ever since the Selection Event I have been wondering what it would be like and I am certainly not disappointed. The bike is great, a lot faster and better handling than the Honda I have at home, I love riding it. I've only done one race in the rain so I found it pretty difficult here in the wet and every lap and every corner seemed to be different as it got wetter and dryer through the day. I was always wondering coming into the corner how much grip there would be. Now that I know what to expect I am looking forward to Jerez even more. I have done a lot of laps on my X-Box and I know the bike now so I am looking forward to the race and I want to do good.”

The first 2 races of the 2011 Rookies Cup season are on the Saturday and Sunday of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on April 2nd and 3rd.

                                      Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup squad 2011 (Hafiq 4th from right)

Combined classification, day 3

1. Arthur Sissis (AUS) 2 minutes 00.251 seconds
2. Brad Binder (RSA) 2 minutes 00.368 seconds
3. Aaron Espana (ESP) 2 minutes 00.393 seconds
4. Florian Alt (GER) 2 minutes 00.500 seconds
5. Alan Techer (FRA) 2 minutes 00.598 seconds
6. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) 2 minutes 00.617 seconds
7. Andrea Migno (ITA) 2 minutes 00.679 seconds
8. Willi Albert (GER) 2 minutes 00.741 seconds
9. Javier Orellana (GBR) 2 minutes 00.814 seconds
10. James Flitcroft (GBR) 2 minutes 01.010 seconds
11. Philipp Oettl (GER) 2 minutes 01.058 seconds
12. Max Enderlein (GER) 2 minutes 01.376 seconds
13. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) 2 minutes 01.475 seconds
14. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) 2 minutes 01.501 seconds
15. Hafiq Azmi (MAS) 2 minutes 01.538 seconds
16. Stefano Valtulini (ITA) 2 minutes 02.000 seconds
17. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) 2 minutes 02.502 seconds
18. Ivo Lopes (POR) 2 minutes 02.597 seconds
19. Deni Cudic (GER) 2 minutes 02.942 seconds
20. Kyle Ryde (GBR) 2 minutes 03.883 seconds
21. Joakim Niemi (FIN) 2 minutes 05.199 seconds
22. Joe Roberts (USA) 2 minutes 06.922 seconds
23. Josep Garcia (ESP) 2 minutes 07.123 seconds
24. Scott Deroue (NED) 2 minutes 07.203 seconds
25. Kevin Argino (ITA) no time



11 - 12 March 2011Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Estoril test days 1-2 | Sissis and Pinsach in chase

The Estoril pre-season test for the 5th season of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup got underway on Friday and Saturday with the 25 Rookies assembled from all over the world. Friday was damp and eventually curtailed by rain but a very pleasant day on Saturday saw everyone make maximum use of the track.

Fastest at the end of the two days was Arthur Sissis, the 15 year old Australian. “It is a lot better than previous years when I have been a long way off the pace at the tests. I feel a lot better on the bike this year, more comfortable with everything and the lap times just come when it is like that. I was feeling good so in the final session I chased after Brad (Binder) when he got away from the group we were in.”

Just a few hundredths slower was 14 year old Spaniard Xavier Pinsach. “I didn't come here really expecting to do so well. It is my first time on a bike this year but that only troubled me in the first session, I was soon feeling comfortable on the KTM. I fell off in the 3rd session today but it was only a small fall, not a problem at all and I am happy just to be feeling so comfortable on the bike, the speed is a bit of a surprise.”

Relaxed in 3rd and only a few hundredths slower again was Brad Binder, the 15 year old South African with the strongest Rookies record amongst this year's competitors. He said that he didn't come to Portugal to try and top the time sheets. “It took me a while to get used to riding the KTM again but I am enjoying it and really we are just concentrating on bike set up not speed, I'll leave that for the race weekends.”

Florian Alt, the 14 year old German was 4th fastest and that satisfied his plans coming to the test. “I wanted to be in the top 5 and put in consistent times all the way through so I am quite happy with the way things are going.”

Fastest of the newcomers was Italian 14 year old Lorenzo Baldassarri, 5th fastest. “I am really enjoying it, I had an outing last week in Valencia on a GP bike so I shook off the winter and was soon comfortable on the KTM. It is my first time at this track but I like it, everything but the chicane. I haven't got that sorted out yet.”

Second of the Germans and 6th fastest was 14 year old Philipp Oettl who said that he had no trouble getting into the grove. “I rode a supermoto bike a bit during the winter including last week so I didn't feel too rusty and I am just taking it a step at a time trying to move forward every time I go out on the bike.”

Alan Techer, the 16 year old Frenchman completed the top 7. “I was riding a 125 last week at Ledenon so getting on the bike here was not too much of a shock. I am really not trying to go super fast here, I just want to get the bike set up for the start of the season. I have been here just for the Rookies Selection Event so I know the track a little. I like it, it's a lot of fun, except the chicane, I have fallen twice there now so I obviously need to work on it,” he concluded with a grin.”

After a day's rest on Sunday the test resumes with a final day of testing on Monday. The first 2 races are on the Saturday and Sunday of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on April 2nd and 3rd.

Combined classification, test days 1-2

1. Arthur Sissis (AUS) 1 minute 53.009 seconds
2. Xavier Pinsach (ESP) 1 minute 53.058 seconds
3. Brad Binder (RSA) 1 minute 53.088 seconds
4. Florian Alt (GER) 1 minute 53.178 seconds
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) 1 minute 53.332 seconds
6. Philipp Öttl (GER) 1 minute 53.370 seconds
7. Alan Techer (FRA) 1 minute 53.440 seconds
8. Joe Roberts (USA) 1 minute 53.497 seconds
9. Tomas Vavrous (CZE) 1 minute 53.660 seconds
10. James Flitcroft (GBR) 1 minute 53.763 seconds
11. Ivo Lopes (POR) 1 minute 54.177 seconds
12. Aaron Espana (ESP) 1 minute 54.300 seconds
13. Andrea Migno (ITA) 1 minute 54.342 seconds
14. Hafiq Azmi (MAS) 1 minute 54.464 seconds
15. Kevin Argino (ITA) 1 minute 54.708 seconds
16. Kyle Ryde (GBR) 1 minute 54.878 seconds
17. Joakim Niemi (FIN) 1 minute 55.106 seconds
18. Javier Orellana (GBR) 1 minute 55.235 seconds
19. Lukas Trautmann (AUT) 1 minute 55.289 seconds
20. Stefano Valtulini (ITA) 1 minute 55.925 seconds
21. Willi Albert (GER) 1 minute 55.964 seconds
22. Max Enderlein (GER) 1 minute 56.940 seconds
23. Deni Cudic (AUT) 1 minute 57.127 seconds
24. Scott Deroue (NED) 1 minute 58.330 seconds
25. Josep Garcia (ESP) 1 minute 59.590 seconds


2 January 2011

Moto Academy NZ will have an emergency motorcycle available for lease during the NZSBK 125GP season (Sth Is)

We will have our third motorcycle prepared and ready for use in an emergency by riders in the 125GP class if required. There will be a lease fee of $250 for any day, or part-day, that the bike is taken, payable in advance. The bike is a very very tidy 1996 bike with a small number of performance mods, such as VHM head and large bell-mouth carburettor. Crash damage will be at the expence of the rentor with the value to be determined by Moto Academy NZ. A $500 crash damage deposit will also be payable prior to taking the bike. The remainder after any crash damage costs have been retained will be refunded. It is not clear if this bike will be available for Manfeild and Hampton Downs.