GRADS RAVE ABOUT NEW RALLY SCHOOL
Photos By Hing Yeung Cover photo by Donni Reddington
ENSENADA BAJA CA MEXICO-The 3rd session of BAJA RALLY SCHOOL commenced this past weekend and 6 new graduates passed their final exam stage earning certificates signed by off road Godfather & BAJA RALLY Chairman Emeritus, Nico Saad. This brings the total number of certified BRS graduates to 14 for 2017.
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And the graduates are raving about their experience:
Noted Mexican pro racer Beto Verber attended last weeks BRS session in preparation for his second BAJA RALLY attempt this October and gave high marks for the training center and support staff.
“Everything I learned with Scotty gives me an extra edge in my next race and it was a lot more challenging than I expected,” explains Verber whose 2017 BAJA RALLY effort is backed by SIDI Boots, Dirt Bike Magazine among many others, “You can never learn enough about racing and rally navigation is pretty new for me. The support crew and food were the best and they took great care of us."
Nomadic adventure rider Daniel Fraser, who quit his job in Pensylvania last year to ride the world, overcame a series of obstacles to finally reach BAJA RALLY SCHOOL and was inspired and aided by the iconic Lyndon Poskitt to finally make it to the graduation ceremony.
"I had such a phenomenal time. It’s a high quality, unique and well thought out rally training event”, Fraser recounted, “From the oceanfront base camp, riding on the beach to mountain-side single track and off-piste in the fields, everything was on point. The road books were spot on with a well paced learning curve and the final ceremony was a real nice touch."
MAY 2017 Graduates: (clockwise from upper left)
Hing Yeung, Daniel McKinnon, Tom McKinnon, Daniel Fraser, Beto Verber, Steve Kamrad
The BAJA RALLY SCHOOL is a 3-day training academy designed and directed by BAJA RALLY founder and chairman Scotty "Breauxman Bloom" who partnered with RALLY COMP inventor Mike Johnson to introduce more racers into the sport of road book navigation rally.
Learning how to use Johnson’s RALLY COMP metering device, which is being used in the 3 most important rallies in North America (Sonora, Coast 2 Coast and Baja), is a major part of the BRS curriculum.
Students are required to pass a written exam on the device as well as complete a 12 KM practice stage designed for RALLY COMP before they are allowed to continue to the next 4 successive training stages in the progressive program.
Bloom credits Johnson’s RALLY COMP hosts Nico Saad and Federico Arce for the early success and bright future of the program.
“We know we have created the best training program of this type in the world. But that wasn’t our cause”, Bloom explained, “Its just the effect of wanting to do the best thing possible for our trainees and utilizing our relationships and resources for the betterment of everyone involved. This is much more about quality than it is about quantity and it’s a real treat to hear our graduates and hosts singing these praises.”
The classes have been selling out to a maximum of 5 students per session but there are 2 open spots for the June 9-11 course by way of recent cancellations. Rider’s hoping to complete this training before the 2017 BAJA RALLY are unlikely to have another opportunity until late fall.
The tuition includes all of the following:
*RALLY COMP device & accessories
*SPOT device & tracking service during training stages
*Road books for 5 training stages totaling over 180km
*6 hours of classroom sessions
*30 pages of workbook study materials
*1 night stay at San Nicolas Hotel & Casino
*7 catered meals including VIP lunch hosted by Nico Saad
*2 nights bivouac camping
*Transport of gear bags between bivouacs