Supercross pro Brad O’Neal of Las Cruces, NM conducted the first of his riding clinics at FMX la Frontera Motocross Park on March 6th, 2010, teaching Specific Riding Techniques. With a full class of bikes, and a wide range of riders, O’Neal modified his approach to respond to the needs of the newest, very young riders, and the older, more experienced riders. A check of the approval level after the clinic found wide grins, happy smiles, nods of approval, and words of approbation. The consensus was that Brad was an excellent instructor, and that the clinic had definitely been worth both the time and money.
O’Neal is an experienced and successful rider himself. He qualified for the Loretta Lynns (AMA National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn ranch in KY) twice during his amateur career (more: AMA National Motocross Championship; Qualifying Event Schedule). He finished in the top 5 at MX World Mini, has raced professional arenacross, and has ridden West Coast Lites at the Monster Energy Supercross Series in 2008 & 2010. This year, he will be riding select WORCS series races, as well as some desert races, and most likely, the Lucas Oil Outdoor Nationals this summer.
The second clinic took place on Easter Sunday, April 4th. Although the day was unusual, and may have prevented several riders from attending because of the family orientation of the day, the odd schedule was unavoidable because of Brad’s race schedule. This clinic addressed cornering and braking, and was well-attended. Following the clinic, participants stayed to practice what they had learned, leaving the track exhausted but happy.
The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th, during which time Brad will help participants develop their techniques and skills in jumping and riding the whoops. Clinic participation is limited to 10 riders to enable Brad to give appropriate attention to everyone. Riders may sign up at FMX la Frontera Motocross Park at 5461 O’Leary in El Paso, north off Montana 4.3 miles east of Zaragosa. The park is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm until dusk ($10 riding fee), and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until dusk ($15 riding fee). For more information, call (575) 635-1398.