Roger Harvey interview - Xtreme Academy
Interview Thursday 24th June 2010 By Geoff Meyer
MXlarge: Rog, can you give us a little heads up on what the Honda Racing Xtreme Academy is all about?
Harvey: The Honda Racing Xtreme Academy is based on helping young Honda riders at the start of their Motocross racing/riding. It can lead them into Dakar, World Enduro, European Motocross or World Motocross. Through national grounding we introduce the kids to the sport. This year it is run in five countries, Sweden, Finland UK, Italy and South Africa, so it’s five countries this year and we have had a lot of interest from countries for the future. The countries that are doing it this year want to increase it for next year, so it’s a big success.
MXlarge: How does the 150cc Honda’s fit into all this?
Harvey: In a lot of cases, because 150’s as agreed by the FIM can run in the 85cc two-strokes there are lot of countries that are running championships within championships. A lot of the kids are running the Honda Xtreme Championship and they come out at the end of the year and they get prizes, clothing, and a load of gifts throughout the year.
MXlarge: Two times World Motocross Champion John Van Den Berk is also involved or not?
Harvey: John Van Den Berk will also go to all the countries, either for a training day or a race day and will spend the day with the kids. Explain about training, technique, nutrition or in the case with in Sweden next week he will run a training school. Sweden have a full on training school that John will be at. Countries like the UK will have him there for an open race day where he will meet the kids and hand out the trophies.
MXlarge: How is the interest for 2011?
Harvey: The enthusiasm has been amazing. We started it a little late this year but it’s built as we have gone along, we have employed Jenni Dick and she is now running it for us and she is getting more and more response from different countries. As people are learning about it and knowing what is happening.