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JDF Rider Development: Project Background

JDF was formed in 2004 as a vehicle to allow talented young riders with limited means and no inside knowledge of motorcycle racing to compete in the competitive and technically demanding field of Motorcycle Road Racing.

Irrespective of whether one is an avid follower of the sport or not, most people have heard of Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, and latterly Jorge Lorenzo. A great number of young people aspire to race. Most never get the opportunity, do not have the talent or the perseverance to learn the craft and acquire the necessary support to fulfil their dream.

Our first supported rider was talented 12 year old James Folkard. James went on to deliver the promise he showed in 2004/05 to lift the 2007 title of Aprilia Superteen Challenge Champion.

Winning Championships at all levels is no mean feat and calls for a combination of factors to be synthesised to produce a structured team that ensures guidance, development and management of the riders in technical matters, riding techniques, and personal promotion. All aspects are brought together to ensure riders are best placed to win races, championships, and gain the necessary support to continue along a career path.

In essence we aim to place the rider in an advantageous position to allow them to showcase their talent, that will eventually lead them to the top flight of competition within the sport.

The founder of the team, John Davies, has experience as a rider and mentor to young riders over a long period. His experience as a rider was gained as a regular competitor at British Championship level.

Since our first success with James Folkard in 2007, we have gone on to win a number of championships with different young riders. We believe our approach of encouragement is second to none in the UK; JDF Racing is regarded as the most successful Rider Development Team in the UK.

Over our first five years as an operational entity we have achieved what we set out to do. Over the following years our aim was to develop more talented UK riders and showcase them at world level. We believe that we have delivered that too.

For more detail about the 2016 clutch of talent and background to the many riders whom have blossomed under our mentorship, download this PDF document here.

John Davies

JDF Racing Ltd

John Davies at the Aintree circuit 2002   John Davies at Oulton Park 1983
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