Top road racers James Whitham [pictured] and Steve Plater along with former British Motocross champion Rob Herring will be heading to Donington Park on Monday 7th April for the ACU Academy Open Day to provide some special coaching for two-wheeled stars of the future.

"It is great to see the country's top names in motorcycle sport getting behind the Academy," said Dave Luscombe, ACU Academy Manager. "They have a lot to offer our youngsters both in their knowledge and their experiences."

The Academy has already attracted the attentions of some of the country's leading racing stars, with Niall MacKenzie acting as a mentor to Jon 'Jon Boy' Lee, who will be riding in the 125GP British Championship as part of the first official Academy team, UK1 Racing.

Current British Superbike Champion Steve Hislop has also committed himself to one of the Academy training days in the near future and of course Whitham, Plater and Herring will be on-hand at Donington.

The ACU will be taking over the Derbyshire circuit for an open day to showcase the talents of the 30+ strong hand picked riders, covering road race, motocross, grass track and trials disciplines.

The aim is to help turn some of Britain's most promising young athletes into future World Champions - with the help of a two-year programme that includes off-bike skills seminars, fitness training as well as on-bike track time, a formula that has already produced national champions.

Donington Park promises to be an insightful day into how the Academy works, it's future plans and of course an opportunity to see its young talent in action.

Steve Plater will ride a factory Honda in this year's BSB championship, while Jamie Whitham retired from racing just before the 2003 season after a star studded career.



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