Roads: Jackson Racing launch Road Racing Academy

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Jackson Racing have announced plans to launch a road racing academy programme for the 2018 season as they seek to bolster the future of road racing by helping the next generation of rider to develop safely into race winners of tomorrow.

The family-run outfit are looking for riders with at least one year’s prior experience of road racing to join the set-up for 2018, which they hope will help provide a stepping stone to a factory-backed team in the future.

The Jackson Racing Road Racing Academy will set out to provide the same environment and work ethic as a factory team, teaching riders the craft of debriefs, analysing data and the importance of set-up.

“Our objective is to lead the development of road racing stars of the future, providing a thorough understanding of machine set up, circuit knowledge, media relations and physical and psychological preparation with the input of experienced mentors and a team of technicians,” said Alan Jackson Jr.  Riders can have long careers on the roads but there’s no structure currently in place to replace them should they retire so we want to provide a talent incubator that will feed into factory teams.”


“This concept will generate great media interest which will also benefit the riders once the step into the factory team is made when it comes to dealing with media relations and this will also present a unique marketing opportunity for select commercial partners.”

The team will compete in the three big international road races, the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, with selected outings elsewhere including Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and the British Championship. A thorough testing schedule will be put into place to give the riders and team time to gel and prepare for the main events.  

Applicants for the Jackson Racing Road Racing Academy must have at least one year’s road race experience prior to applying. All applications must be submitted in writing with a strict closing date of Friday 27th October.

Once the applications are short-listed, the final decision will be made using an interview process with selected Jackson Racing members and, potentially, with a representative from the supporting manufacturer. After the rider choice is made a detailed contract will be made between the team and riders with the team set to announce their chosen riders for 2018 at the Motorcycle Live Show at Birmingham in late November this year.

Interested applicants should email their road racing CV and credentials to

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing