March 13, 2019
California Superbike School Philippines Returns For Season Six With Wheeltek and Kawasaki
Last February 23-24, the California Superbike School returned to the Philippines for the sixth season of teaching our local riders to drive better, safer, and faster with their brand of intensive motorcycle training.
Founded by Keith Code in 1980, CSS has trained over 150,000 riders worldwide and has been teaching local riders in collaboration with the Philippines’ premier racing outfit, Tuason Racing, since 2014.
Clark International Speedway was packed for the weekend with 55 attendees on day 1 and 57 on day 2 of the fully-booked classes. With sports and superbike ownership a growing trend among local celebrities, several famous faces were spotted amongst the students who signed up for the two-day course: Jak Roberto, Paulo Avelino, Paolo Abrera, Dingdong Dantes, Dominic Roque, Zach “Makina” Lucero, and the father-and-son tandem of Ian and Draco Veneracion.
Ten California Superbike School coaches from Australia and the USA, headed by Chief Ride Coach David Howitt, were ready with their Kawasaki ZX10R’s as their rides for teaching the students-thanks to a new partnership with Wheeltek and Kawasaki. They even joined in with Wheeltek’s VP for Sales and Marketing, Mr. Roscoe Odulio, taking a level 4 class, and Kawasaki executive, Mr. Henry Raquedan, getting his first taste at level 1 & 2.
The CSS experience is divided into four levels that are structured not according to rider experience but split to provide complete and integrated skill packages. New students learn basic riding in level 1 where coach Stephanie Redman stresses the importance of learning fundamentals first, “The fundamentals-not to be confused with the basics-are the skills you always use!”
Racing lines, throttle control, and braking techniques await in level 2, while prior graduates of the first two levels then move on to proactive technical skills in level 3 and culminate their learning in a final course custom-designed by their designated coach based on their performance in the previous three levels.
This in-depth program and coaching style with a focus on rider improvement is the pride of CSS, and sets it apart from other riding schools. “It provides riders with a full understanding of the techniques and not just a situational fix” states Reidman. The extended seat time of a two-day course also provides riders a greater understanding according to coach Damian Mackie, “they get the theory of the drill, then get to practice and experiment on track to build their own knowledge that they can repeat on their own.”
For more info on how to join the California Superbike School Philippines, head to www.tuasonracing.com
CSS Philippines is also supported by Cleanfuel, Euromonkeys, Stompgrip, Hitchpro Philippines, Termignoni Exhaust, Century Resort, Motopinas and C! Magazine.