After the announcement of the creation of the Youth Academy in September 2011, former Motocross World Champions John Van den Berk and Jan Postema, the official trainers ahead of the project, have visited three different countries, Uganda, Thailand and Latvia. The main goal of the Youth Academy is developing motocross in every continent by instructing local trainers to make a good follow up of the evolution of the young promising talents.
In the near future the Youth Academy will have training camps in Europe, Middle East, Thailand, Brazil and Africa, and all the participants, as well as the future instructors, will have the opportunity to spend two weeks in Spain during the wintertime training with John Van Den Berk and top Motocross riders such as Jose Butrón, who is currently third in the MX2 point standings.
The last training camp of the Youth Academy took place in the international track of Kegums right after the Latvian Grand Prix in the beginning of July. John Van Den Berk spent three days in Kegums giving some key pieces of advice to the young riders who attended the course coming not only from Latvia, but also from Poland, Russia, Romania, Sweden and The Netherlands. Among them there was the talented Latvian rider Tomas Sileika and the 2012 FIM Junior 85cc Motocross World Champion Brian Hsu. Grand Prix riders Robert and Augusts Justs assisted John Van den Berk during the course and they will follow up Van den Berk’s training plan and will become the main instructors in Latvia to help developing the young talented riders in the Eastern part of Europe, including countries such as Russia, Estonia or Latvia.
The next training camp of the Youth Academy will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the31st October to the 4th November.