Clemmie, BMW Motorrad UK’s Digital Marketing Assistant, heads out to Qatar this week for a Motorcycle Training Camp. Find out how it all started for our in-house track day addict…
Having been an avid motorcycle racing fan for years it was inevitable that I would eventually learn to ride. After completing my CBT last August it wasn’t long before I attended my first track day and passing my A2 licence in April has made me want to try and progress even further.
|Working hard at Donington|
Even though track days in the UK are drawing to a close, I'm incredibly excited to be attending the FIM 'Women in Motorcycling' Training Camp at the awesome Losail Circuit in Qatar (a highlight in both the Moto GP and WSBK calendars). It’s an amazing spectacle; a night race under floodlights in the desert... The Training Camp is part of the FIM's Female Road Racing Development Project which aims to increase the number of female riders in Road Racing. I’m really excited that we’re being provided with BMW S 1000 RRs for the duration of the camp.
The three day intensive camp combines track sessions (two at night and one in the day) with theoretical workshops from sports psychology and fitness to detailed circuit analysis and sponsor relationship management. I didn’t want to miss out on this amazing programme so I booked my place, got my travel injections and spent the last week trying to figure out how to fit all my riding gear in to the 23kg baggage allowance!
|Maria Costello - photo by @RPASPhotography Darren Hagger|
In preparation for Qatar, I took part in Maria Costello’s Women’s only track day at Donington Park – having previously attended the July date I couldn't wait to get back out on the track. It was back in 2012 that Maria ran her first female only track day and three years on a record 60 female riders took part.
On Wednesday we were split into three groups, each having a 20 minute session per hour over seven hours so we were guaranteed plenty of track time with free instruction. Maria and her team of instructors (all aboard BMW S 1000 RR/S 1000 R) are always immensely helpful in identifying weaknesses and work hard to improve your riding style and confidence which was just what I needed before Qatar.
|BMWs ready for action|
This week I'm really looking forward to learning a new track (the 3.375 mile track with a 1.068km straight is surely going to be amazing) and learning to ride a much more powerful bike. The plus 30°C in October was a draw too...
Wish me luck – I’ll keep you posted!