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Honda Motor Europe is pleased to announce that the Honda Xtreme Academy riders in Finland will benefit from an exclusive training day with former double World Champion John van den Berk next weekend.

The Xtreme Academy CRF150R riders are being treated to a day with the top Finnish pro-competitors as well as tuition from John at the Hyvinkään track, which is around half an hour from Finland’s capital city, Helsinki.

John and the other trainers will be offering advice on technique, training and race preparation on the track, as well as the importance of fitness training and diet to help them reach their goals. John, who is an ambassador for the Academy, is hugely experienced at delivering his highly acclaimed training, which has been utilised by many leading Grand Prix racers since he retired as a competitor 15 years ago. The former double World Champion and Motocross of Nations winner forms part of the Xtreme Academy plan, which is a Honda Europe initiative committed to the development of young racers.

Following the day’s training the youngsters will receive VIP treatment at the EMX-2 races, which many of them will aspire to contest in the future, being held at the Vantaa track on Sunday. The EMX-2 Championship is where European young-guns cut their teeth before progressing to world championship level. The fact that Grand Prix front-runners including Gautier Paulin, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings all contested this class prior to moving up to the main world championships shows just what an effective proving ground the series is.

“The plans for the Honda Xtreme Academy in Finland are quite exciting. We’re expecting around 35 or so CRF150R riders to join us at the training event, which will include tuition from many of the former and current leading Finnish pro-racers. The riders will benefit also from specialist training with John, who is very experienced in working with improving riders,” said Honda Xtreme Academy coordinator, Jenni Dick.

“It’s also been arranged by Honda in Finland that the youngsters will be given special treatment at the EMX-2 races being held nearby on the following day. This is extremely important, as this is the level the young racers will need to develop to if they want to further their career in motocross. It should give them a great insight into what is the next step on the ladder once they have learned their craft aboard the CRF150R with the Xtreme Academy,” concluded Jenni.

The weekend should be incredibly useful to the Honda riders, all aged 12-16, who are contesting the national Xtreme Academy series, which was launched across Europe in 2010.

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