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Jake De Zwart: Elite Rider Training Camp

Jake De Zwart shares his experiences & benefits of MV’s Elite Rider Training Camp.

JAKE De Zwart looks back on the 2015 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships and Gippsland Region Motocross Series seasons and considers those events as building blocks for the future.

The Dandenong Motorcycle Club member, and attendee of the 2014 MV Elite Rider Training Camp, had an interrupted MX season due to a number of reasons.

Jake didn’t have a bike until the first round of the VSMXC, and he wasn’t able to ride the whole off-season. He also suffered a knee-injury in the middle of the season and not to mention he is also completing Year 12 at school.

“Unfortunately, not having a bike until the first round of the state titles didn’t allow me to start the year off too well and I found myself peaking later on in the year,” Jake said.

“With the interruptions during the season, and only racing selective rounds for the year, I used 2015 as a building block for my first year in A Grade.”

A few of his highlights throughout the year though have been in the 2015 Shell Advance Gippsland Region Motocross Series where he finished first in the 2 Stroke Cup and had a result of fifth  overall at the round in Yarram. Whilst at the VSMXC,  Jake finished third overall at the round held in Ballarat in the U19 class.

“I feel like this year I’ve come into races with better preparation and that was especially the case at Hattah. I was able to ride for four hours straight because I had the right preparation leading up to it and the correct fuels throughout the race to keep me going,” Jake said.

He feels that the Elite Rider Training Camp gave him plenty of useful information to use throughout the year and for his racing to come, particularly when it comes to race starts and arm pump.

“One of my biggest improvements I gained from the camp was with my starts. Learning how to be relaxed on the line and perfecting my technique to try and get consistent starts week in and week out.

“My training program also developed and the camp helped big time with that. My arm pump is slowly going away and I am able to ride to my fitness level, not just until my arms can’t hang on any longer.”

During the off-season Jake will be jumping on a new KTM 350sxf for training and will decide on riding a 250 or the 350 in the 2016 racing season, with hopes of a podium year and really starting to mix it up with the front-runners.

“I know what I need to do to be competitive next year and I just need to put the hard work in and put the puzzle pieces together. I’m fit, healthy and injury-free and ready to put in a big off-season and see what next year will bring.”

MV’s 2015 edition of the Elite Rider Training Camp will run from September 21-23 in Melbourne.

– Mark Vallance
Operations & Events Manager

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