AMA Pro Racers Made Guest Appearances At Final Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp Of 2011 Season
Colin Edwards hosts AMA regulars Cory West, Dane Westby, Lucas Scherb and Dustin Dominguez
On Sunday November 20th, the Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp wrapped up the final boot camp of their inaugural season. During the Boot Camp’s first year, students have had the pleasure of riding with some of the best motorcycle racers on the planet. The star studded guest list has included Ben Spies, Josh Hayes, Freddie Spencer, Danny Eslick, Cory West, Dustin Dominguez, Dane Westby, Lucas Scherb and Doug Lawrence who all spent time riding with students at the Texas Tornado Boot Camp.
During the November 17-20th camp, Colin played host to AMA regulars Cory West, Dane Westby, Lucas Scherb and Dustin Dominguez along with students consisting of NESBA track-day regulars and other students from across the U.S. The Camp’s Most Improved Rider Award was presented to Michele Middleton of Phoenix, Arizona who improved her superpole time by an astounding 23 seconds from her first attempt on Friday. Superpole is a single rider, one timed lap on all three courses combined.
Filled with action, the weekend included a bar banging demonstration by AMA Pro Flat Track racers Merle Scherb and Lucas Scherb on their “fire breathing heavily modified 450cc weapons of flat track destruction”. Students who weren’t resting from the non stop riding and drills had the opportunity to partake in other activities during breaks like shooting trap, numerous pistols, a sniper rifle and the .50 cal “big stick”.
Following the conclusion of the camp, Colin immediately boarded a plane heading to Spain for his first test on the NGM Forward Racing BMW/Suter machine. This was the first time Colin was able to throw a leg over his 2012 bike as he was forced to sit out of the Valencia test while recovering from shoulder surgery. After spending some time on the bike, Edwards was quoted as saying "the bike is actually better than I was expecting" and "It's all basically electronics right now, that's the number one thing." Given Colin’s history with motorcycle development, expectations are high that the team will field a very competitive bike in 2012.
TTBC Instructors and AMA regulars had the following comments regarding their time at the final Boot Camp of the season:
Cory West, AMA #57 of Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki shared his thoughts on his first Boot Camp Experience. “It was an awesome experience to come down and ride at the Texas Tornado Boot Camp. Riding with some of my old racing buddies and current competitors was a great way to sharpen the skills for next season. I’d like to thank Colin for having me down and I can’t wait to come back and play some more” - Cory West, AMA #57 Rider’s Discount Vesrah Suzuki
Joe Prussiano, lead instructor summed up his thoughts on the Boot Camp’s first year.
“I’m very proud of our instructors, we have professional road racers come to the camp that have plenty of dirt experience and when leaving they all comment on how they learned something they can take with them to use on the track. I’m also extremely impressed with our beginner/new riders, we have on multiple occasions, taken someone that has never thrown a leg over ANY type of motorcycle and after four days of instruction we have them feeling confident and in control on the bike, not to mention, they are putting down some impressive superpole times as well”
Brandon Cleland, AMA #75 attending his first Boot Camp provided the following assessment. “The camp was awesome and was a great learning experience. This was nothing like I had ever done before and the skills we learned like throttle control, balance, inputs into the bike, and steering the motorcycle with the rear brake are all things I can translate onto the pavement when I go racing next year.”
Instructor Shea Fouchek commented on the weekend “The improvements were amazing. Once tentative riders at the beginning, they were attacking corners by the end of the camp. I’m not only proud of my students, but also all the riders who attended.”
About the Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp:
Colin Edwards makes his living going 200mph on some of the fastest and most exotic bikes known to mankind and he honed his skills and fundamentals riding mini-bikes on dirt tracks growing up in Texas. Colin created the Texas Tornado Boot Camp to share what he knows about riding motorcycles and the skills he shares with students transfer to any motorcycle...dirt, street or track. Like the pieces of a puzzle form a complete picture, developing or refining your skills at the Boot Camp will provide you with the complete set of skills needed to be successful on any motorcycle you plan to throw your leg over.
For more information about the Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp and camp dates please visit: www.texastornadobootcamp.com