The first of the ACU junior training days took place last Friday at Cadwell Park, with nearly 50 young riders helped by a host of top-level coaches including Leon Haslam [pictured], Garry Dickinson, Chris Pearson, Jeff Tansley, John Pearson and Chris Sammons.

These coaches have nearly a century of racing experience at national and international level and were all keen to pass on their wealth of experience to the young riders.

Groups were provided for all classes of machine with a special group organised in the morning for those new to racing in 2003. The new riders were given extra briefings and where necessary one-to-one instruction on track.

The majority of the youngsters were riding 125cc production and GP machines, however, there were a host of different bikes ranging from Cagiva 80s to 600cc Supersport machines.

Dave Luscombe, Academy Manager and organiser of the event, was delighted with the day and the progress made by all of the youngsters.

"It is great to see so many young talented riders learning so much," he said. "The progress made by some of the new riders over the day has been amazing. I am looking forward to our next day here in a month's time."

The next junior training day will take place at Cadwell Park, on the full circuit, on the 22nd April 2003. The cost will be ?90.00 for the full day, with coaching, and is open to any ACU licence holder aged between 11 and 17 years.

For more details contact Dave Luscombe, ACU Academy Manager on 07831 225 798.