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It's safety first
By EMMA BEER
Motorcycle man: Steve Bagshaw,
whose Moto Academy is aimed at
Photo: EMMA BEER
Steve Bagshaw knows better than
most that motorcycles can kill,
and that's what inspired him to
make sure the next generation
learns how to ride properly.
Bagshaw owns Moto Academy,
a school for those learning to race
He began the business in 2008.
Though he had been planning it
for while, the death of a friend
sparked him into action.
The major catalyst was my
mate got killed at Pukekohe in a
race. He got killed because some-
one did something that they
shouldn't have done.
If they'd had been properly
educated that probably wouldn't
Moto Academy was set up with
the aim of making sure young
riders train to do things the right
way, he said.
If I want to continue in this
game, I've got to give something
back. Got to get these young guys
doing the right things. It's very
difficult to break bad habits as
you get older.''
One of the reasons people didn't
ride as well as they could was they
did not view motorcycle racing as
a sport, Mr Bagshaw said.
A lot of people in this sport -- I
don't know why it is -- they don't
treat it as a sport. They treat it as
As a result, they don't tend to
look at coaching as something
Motorcycle racing is incredibly
physical. You have to be very, very
fit to do it well. Your concen-
tration has to be 150 per cent all
Bagshaw, a research scientist in
nano and bio materials chemistry,
has been riding since his univer-
He never had proper coaching,
which has made him even more
aware of how important it was.
I went about it the same way
as anyone else, just had some
mates who were doing it, thought
Oh, that'll be something fun.
I found I could do it, was
reasonably good at it and just car-
But you crash a lot, you wreck
a lot of gear, you get hurt. You end
up bashing your head against a
wall and spending lots of money.
Then, you either drift away or
you like it so much you keep
banging away at it.''
Bagshaw said he hoped to spark
more interest in motorcycle racing
through Moto Academy.
Motorcycling is in trouble,'' he
The demographic's getting
older. All the guys leading the
championships are in their 40s.
They're not leaving because
they're not getting pushed out.
Young people don't want to do
it as much, especially riding on
the road. There's just too many
cars and it's too dangerous.''
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