This weekend saw the ten Triumph Young Guns come together for the last time before the judges meet to select the three finalists for the final head-to-head assessment at the end of October. The session, which took place at the BSB meeting at Donington Park on Friday 6th September, was a reassessment seminar and saw the Young Guns undergo fitness, media and technical tests, as well as all undergoing an interview with a senior member of the Triumph factory team.
The awful weather did little to dampen the spirits of the Young Guns and the day kicked off with an interview with the team from Motors TV’s Bike World programme. Each rider spent time speaking with presenter Luke Wilkins to see how their interview skills had developed during the last few months. After their interview session the Young Guns prepared to undertake the dreaded bleep test again.
The team from Loughborough University were again on-hand to put the lads through their paces and assesses whether the Young Guns had made any progress in their fitness levels after a few months of following their training schedules. However, this time the lads weren’t using one of Loughborough University’s sports halls, but the main paddock suite at Donington Park due to the rain. The passing BSB fans took great interest in the lads undertaking their bleep test especially as they were joined by Bike World’s Luke Wilkins.
In fact, Luke made sure all of the Young Guns worked hard, reaching a very respectful level (10.6) himself on the bleep test! Matt Shillings and Max Alexander once again set the standard for the rest to follow, both achieving very impressive scores in excess of level 13. Everyone improved on their scores which was testament to the effort put in by all of the Young Guns.
The next session of the day saw all of the Young Guns undergo an interview with Guy Masters from Triumph. One of the judges of the competition, Guy spoke with each of the riders to find out why they entered the competition and what drives them to succeed.
The final session of the day involved the lads demonstrating their technical knowledge to Chris Taylor from K-Tech Suspension and Jason Jones from Smiths Triumph. A knowledgeable bunch, the Young Guns all performed well in this final segment of the day.
The next step for the Young Guns is the submission of their portfolios. These documents will demonstrate to the judges what they have learnt over the last few months. After reading all of these, the judges will meet to decide which three riders will go through to the final stage of this year’s competition - the shootout at Donington Park at the end of October.
It’s going to be a tough decision.