Aprilia buyers now get free advanced rider training!,/p>
Aprilia South Africa has joined forces with Andre Neethling of Phakisa Moto School to equip all future buyers of the awesome Aprilia range of roadgoing motorcycles with the skills required to ride them as they should be ridden, on the track and on the road, in safety. “Andre offers a very high standard of tuition, and we believe that all riders, no matter how highly skilled they may be, will benefit from sthe Phakisa Moto School experience,” says Aprilia South Africa’s Andre van Rooyen. “From now on, anybody buying a new Aprilia road bike from any of our authorised dealers will receive a voucher entitling them to free Level 1 training at Phakisa Freeway in Welkom.” Models included in this offer are the 450 and 550cc SXV Supermotards, the RSV 1000R, the Tuono 1000R, the Shiver SL 750, and the Caponord 1000. Aprilia is pleased to tell customers that, because the classes are so small and focused, they can also include the Pegaso 650 and the RS 125 in the rider training program. “At normal track schools such bikes would be considered dangerous because of the speed differential between them and the dozens of bigger machines that would swamp them,” says van Rooyen. “Because Phakisa Moto School’s instructors each have at most three pupils to worry about, and overall numbers are limited, the training can be structured to remove the risk of this happening.”
Phakisa Moto School’s Andre Neethling says that he decided to do something to help others learn to ride swiftly but safely after witnessing a very bad accident at a motorcycle rally about five years ago. “I’d attended many track schools, and noticed that they generally didn’t give much instruction on how to survive on the road. Many of the instructors are racers and ex-racers who don’t get much road riding in, so their training is focused on teaching people to ride very fast around a racetrack. My background is road riding, so I studied the subject for a couple of years, read all the books, watched all the videos, and slowly developed my own program. Then I hired the racetrack for a day, dragged my friends, ex South African Superbike champion Stewart MacLeod and Donovan Fourie on board, and had our first class about two years ago.” Since then, Phakisa Moto School has trained more than 500 motorcyclists, with only three trainees ever hitting the deck.
Andre Neethling reckons that his training –open to all riders, irrespective of their brand of machine – differs from most in that he hires the track for his exclusive use, and his classes are limited to 50 riders a day. These are divided into two groups, so no more than 25 are on the track at any given time, and his instructors each take personal responsibility for just three riders at a time – never more. “That way the clients get personal attention for the duration of the course, rather than share the track with 200 other riders at a time,” he says. “Everybody gets plenty of laps in, and the results are quite astonishing – some people improve their times by maybe 40 seconds a lap.” Although riders learn to ride hard, the emphasis is still on road riding, with special attention being paid to the types of hazards that are not included in most text books because they’re unique to Africa.
Phakisa Moto School has booked the racetrack – rated by Valentino Rossi as one of his five all-time favourite circuits - for one weekend every month in 2008, with the Aprilia training taking place on the Saturdays. “On the Sunday we’ll have an open track day, so those who come to Welkom for the course can make a weekend of it, and even camp in the pits if they like,” he says.
The Phakisa Moto School Aprilia training programme will kick off with a bang on Sunday 25 November 2007 – there’s National Superbike racing at the track on the Saturday, so riders can come down a day early to enjoy spectacle if they choose. All Aprilia riders and fans of the marque are welcome. Contact Andre Neethling on 084-5075767 or Aprilia South Africa on 011-5660333 for further information.