The second European edition of the Ricky Carmichael University is less than a week away with the two-day extravaganza of star-studded motocross tuition set to hit the sandy Fatcat circuit in the UK on Thursday July 11th and Friday 12th. The glittering title winning faculty has been boosted with the confirmed presence of 2011 AMA 250MX Motocross Champion Dean Wilson. The Scot will travel from his east coast base in the USA early next week to take up one of the coaching spots for around 150 students from juniors to experienced adults.
“It was a bit of a surprise really as I woke up yesterday morning to a bunch of calls from Jamie Dobb and Tommy Searle who were wondering if I could come help for the RCU,” said Wilson who is recovering from injury and missing dates in the 2013 AMA campaign. “So I’m well-excited to get the opportunity to come back over to the UK. I'm also going to go to a Grand Prix and then back home to Scotland afterwards.”
“It will be brilliant to meet and chat with some British fans…I’m looking forward to it,” he added. There now just a few places left on the course that ranks as one of the most exclusive motocross riding schools in the world and the sole visit made by Carmichael and his crew outside of the U.S. The experience includes a full-on BBQ, an open Q+A session with RC and the gang, the chance for photos and autographs and also a gift pack worth over £300.
Former Champion and TV commentator/Presenter Jeff Emig is one of the few to join the RCU project on foreign shores once more and explains here how his involvement began and his role in the scheme.
“A few years ago my good friend and former team-mate, Ricky Carmichael, came to me with an idea of creating the greatest riding school experience the sport has ever seen,” he recounts. “His idea was to have an All-Star cast of Champion Motocrossers to teach what their years of experience, victories and defeats, has taught them. It hasn't been hard for RC to recruit past Champions like myself. Not only did he win more races and championships than any rider in history but he has earned the respect of his peers by being a hard working, down to earth guy with a magnetic personality that you want to be around.
“Ricky asked me to work specifically on starts at RCU. Throughout my career as a motocross racer (it started when I was 4 and I'm still going) I have always been above average when it comes to getting off the gate and through the first turn. Even though a great starting technique can be a very intricate thing to master, I feel that I have a clear understanding of what the foundation of that technique is. I am confident that in the time spent at the RCU I can help make people a better starter. I have taught riders ranging from kids on PW50's to +50 Veteran riders and everyone in-between, including current professionals.
“All of us instructors will look a little different on the bike, but the foundational skills of how to master the MX track are the same. We all have taken our own path to success. We have all studied our mistakes and found a way to correct them, then applied those corrections, practiced them repeatedly, until they were good habits and became instinctual. Motocross, much like other sports, is a sport that you need to FEEL, because you don't always have time to THINK. I hope people will take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and join us this summer.”