Following on from our Q&A with the lively young South African hotshot Bjorn Estment, he’s sent this update to our shores to let fans in on what happens in the off-season and how he fills his time during the hot summer of the Southern Hemisphere.
At the time of writing this I am sitting in my living room just 48 hours away from my return to the British Isles for my second season in the British Superbike Series and to be blatantly honest, I just cant wait to get “home” Hell Yeah!!
I will be riding in the British Supersport Series with the Appleyard/Macadam Yamaha squad alongside my team-mate Deane Brown. I will be targeting the rookies championship, the Supersport Cup as well as some solid debut season finishes amongst the very colourful and talented main championship.
Enough with the pleasantries ha ha…. It has now almost been 3 months since I landed back in South Africa and was greeted with 30 degree temperatures and not a cloud in the sky, sunny days indeed and paradise you might say; also thrown in now and again are the awesome African Thunderstorms we get which lash down for and hour or so and once finished the air is just so clean, clear and fresh, definitely a winner.
Since being home I landed and proceeded to go straight to Cape Town, the most beautiful place in South Africa, for an 8 hour endurance race which sadly came to a premature end after just an hour and a half of racing whilst my team and I were leading relatively comfortably. Nonetheless this made for some great training opportunities, runs along the beach etc.
Once arriving back in Johannesburg, where my family live, it was time to get down to ‘business’ or pleasure, you decide…. It has been days filled with just pure joy I guess, as I have spent hours on my supermotard doing 25 min motos to get ready for the upcoming season and spend important time on a motorcycle.
I had the pleasure of spending a day out at V town, which is probably SA’s premier motard track. with our World Supersport export Sheridan Morais sharing some of his experience aboard a supersport machine and just helping install the vital confidence in my need to succeed.
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Photo: Bjorn Estment
When not on the Motard I took a week out with some of our Top National racers who will compete on a 600 and a 1000 in their respective championships in the SA 2013 series. We then made our way out towards the Magaliesberg which is a great place surrounding a dam. This provides the perfect setup to take on all the crucial cardio training one wants to ramp up in the off-season. So we proceeded with many a run, cycle and swim, not to mention the added bonus of boating activities such as skiing, tubing and the beloved jet skis. Good times!
In conclusion, once we were done with this training camp, I have been spending every other morning out in the great undulating terrain which South Africa offers one to fuel up the enduro bike and just go and have a blast. This is probably widely agreed to be some of the best form of training for road racing as you are always concentrating, working on the bike and controlling the level of traction available. Constantly improving rider fitness and reactions.
Well that’s it from me for now. I hope you enjoyed the read and be sure to follow me on twitter @bjornestment27 for all the updates, news and exciting happenings throughout the season. See you all at Brands Hatch for Round 1!!
We fully appreciate that you may have seen this on the main BSB site so we’d like to point out that it was at the request of Bjorn that PaddockChatter might also like to share his adventures with our readers too and who are we to argue? There’ll be more from Bjorn on PaddockChatter throughout the season.