Cameron Petersen, Rick Development Camp, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, M4 Suzuki

“My first experience with RDC was awesome,” MotoAmerica Supersport racer Cameron Petersen said. “I was blown away by Ken’s tutoring. Within 10 minutes, I realized how much value Ken and his team had to offer. I can’t wait to put it all together to take it to the next level.”

Photo credit Joe Salas/4theriders.com

Half a dozen MotoAmerica racers took part in the inaugural Rick Development Camp (RDC) on February 22-24 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.

Open to riders of all developmental stages who aspire to become professional racers, RDC featured a student list that reads like a who’s who of emerging road-racing stars: M4 SportBikeTrackGear.com Suzuki teammates Cameron Petersen and Xavier Zayat; Daytona Anderson Racing’s Daytona Anderson; Icon/MotoSport.com/DiBrino Racing’s Andy DiBrino; LaRoche Racing’s CJ LaRoche; and Gauge Rees Racing’s Gauge Rees.

Camp curriculum was developed by riding instructor Ken Hill and former AMA and World Superbike Champion Scott Russell. “I can’t be happier the with results of our first RDC event,” Hill said. “Every student, instructor, and member of our support staff was focused on one thing: training professional motorcycle racers.”

According to Rickdiculous Racing co-founder Josh Bronfman, the Rick program trains riders to be professionals on and off the track. “Our first group of students ranged from 15 to 30 years old,” he said. “RDC has a very rigorous curriculum, and we challenged the group in many ways. Every student worked hard and showed focus and maturity we are all impressed with. The results are fantastic.”

Participants also received instruction in media and sponsorship relations during training seminars with Team Hammer’s Chris and John Ulrich. “It’s a unique program because we don’t just cover racing and racecraft,” MotoAmerica Superbike pilot Chris Ulrich said. “We try to cover everything including the parts that get overlooked.

“Team Hammer took part in the media training and sponsorship seminars, and I put my own experiences into it. The goal in these things is getting a fine balance. I think everyone is looking to develop more rounded riders that are good for their programs on and off the track and that extends to a racer’s full career.

“Overall, the goal for RDC is to get the guys up to speed, break any bad habits, and go fast over a race distance, but also be charismatic and a real asset to their team and sponsors.”

A second Rick Development Camp is scheduled for March 8-10 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.