Ricky Carmichael teaches racing basics to racers of all ages and skill levels at the second annual Ricky Carmichael University
On any normal occasion, Monday serves as the most dreaded day of the week – the start of the school week. This Monday was a little different than most, as the 2nd Annual Ricky Carmichael University (RCU) took place in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week 2011 at Daytona International Speedway. At RCU, students got to learn hands-on riding techniques with some of the most accomplished riders in Supercross.
Nearly 80 students enrolled in the 2nd Annual Ricky Carmichael University-and it’s safe to say their one-day riding education will last a lifetime. Superstar riders Jeff Stanton, Jeff Emig and Damon Bradshaw joined RC and Jeannie Carmichael, RC’s mother and life coach, to teach students of all ages the finer points of supercross, including jumps, corners, rhythm sections and starts.
In addition, parents and students had the chance to attend special seminars hosted by industry heavyweights. Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton and Jim “Bones” Bacon explained bike setup, MotoE’s Robb Beams hosted a fitness and nutrition seminar, and On Track’s Andrea Leib presented an education seminar.
After a morning breakfast and question and answer session with Carmichael, Emig, Stanton and Bradshaw, the riders got in tons of track time. Each instructor took a certain section of the track, with Emig working on starts, Bradshaw and nine-time AMA Amateur National Champion Kevin Foley working on jumps, Stanton on corners and rhythm sections, and Carmichael roaming to each station to lend his advice.
The 3rd Annual Ricky Carmichael University is slated once again to be held in conjunction with the Daytona Supercross in 2012. Date and other details will be announced in the upcoming months.