Leading road racing team Jackson Racing are to launch their own road racing academy, starting in the 2018 season, as they look to the future of road racing, helping the next generation of rider to develop safely into race winners of tomorrow.
The Jackson Racing Road Racing Academy will provide the same environment and work ethic as a factory team as they learn the craft with rider debriefs, analysing data and set up changes with the aim of providing a stepping-stone to the factory teams. The academy will see the team working with selected riders on a two-year plan with the option to be released to a factory team after the first year if appropriate.
“Our objective is to lead the development of road racing stars of the future, providing a thorough understanding of machine set up, circuit knowledge, media relations and physical and psychological preparation with the input of experienced mentors and a team of technicians. Riders can have long careers on the roads but there’s no structure currently in place to replace them should they retire so we want to provide a talent incubator that will feed into factory teams,” said Alan Jackson Jr.
“This concept will generate great media interest which will also benefit the riders once the step into the factory team is made when it comes to dealing with media relations and this will also present a unique marketing opportunity for select commercial partners.”
Riders will be guided on the fundamentals of motorcycle road racing and with the key ingredients of fitness and nutrition, understanding of machinery, how the team works and a happy environment then the results will follow. The importance of social media and presentation will also feature in the strategy.
Jackson Racing have the infrastructure and personnel to provide riders with the best chance to succeed in the dream of becoming a motorcycle road racing champion. To ensure continuity of product, the machine specification and tyre manufacture will closely replicate that of the factory team all to make a transition simple an effective.
The team will campaign the three International road races as their main events – the North West 200, Isle of Man TT Races and Ulster Grand Prix – with selected outings elsewhere including Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and the British Championship. A thorough testing schedule will also be put into place to give the riders and team time to gel and be prepared for the main events.
Applicants for the Jackson Racing Road Racing Academy must have at least one year’s road race experience prior to applying. All applications must be submitted in writing with a strict closing date of Friday 27th October.
Once the applications are short-listed, the final decision will be made using an interview process with selected Jackson Racing members and, potentially, with a representative from the supporting manufacturer. After the rider choice is made a detailed contract will be made between the team and riders with the team set to announce their chosen riders for 2018 at the Motorcycle Live Show at Birmingham in late November this year.
Interested applicants should email their road racing CV and credentials here