Joining the elite

MAFFRA-Sale Motorcycle Club member James Alen has been one of 12 riders selected to participate in Motorcycle Victoria’s elite rider training camp to be held at Albert Park race track next month.

James said he was quick to apply for Motorcycle Victoria’s first elite rider camp in a number of years.

“We had to do a two page write-up on our interest in motorbikes, why we race and how long we have been doing it for,” he said.

“They narrowed it down to 12.

“Not all are motocross riders, there are enduro and road racers as well.”

There will be no riding at the seminar based camp, with fitness and personal training the only physical work participants will engage in.

“They talk about nutrition, sponsorship, and how to present ourselves to sponsors and the media,” James said.

Bike management, sports psychology and injury prevention is also on the program to be delivered by lead coaches and outside presenters. Motorcycle Victoria staff will also be in attendance, with participants staying at the Parkview Hotel.

MV coaching panel chair Merv Williams said the camp was the best opportunity for riders to take the next step.

“We will be maintaining a very high level at this camp and at future camps,” he said.

MV enduro management committee chair Chris Gray will provide participants tools to improve their skill level and extend their time in the sport, while MV road race management committee chair Rob Jenner will provide an understanding of the dynamics of motorcycle systems.

Selection for the camp caps a big year in the sport for James, who has recently returned from representing his country at Ping Lu in China.

“It was an amazing experience, I would certainly go over again in a heartbeat,” James said.

“It’s a different world over there, a different culture.

“It took a bit to get used to it, I had never been on a plane before.

“It was 30 degrees most days and didn’t drop below 20, so it was always hot.”

On the track, James will turn his attention to completing national and Gippsland title rounds.

“I go to Gladstone in Queensland and then the last round of the nationals at Coolum,” he said.

“There’s a couple of rounds in the Gippsland titles and that’s season over.”