Our history

“After my big leap in 1998 with the founding of Motorsportschool Zolder, there was a rush of motorcyclists who wanted to test this completely new concept. Race legally against your motorcycle friends on a nice stretch of asphalt, without cops, without oncoming traffic and without the danger of the public road. Zolder Motorsport School was an immediate success and a number of collaborations soon followed that lifted the organization to a higher level. The passion for speed and adrenaline was always at the basis, while the demand for training was also growing.

Through Motorsportschool Zolder we have been offering motorcyclists a safe environment to practice their hobby for 24 years. With our course days we guide riders with different experience levels to teach them to ride better, faster and safer. Today we organize about 50 track days a year and we have more than 23,000 active customers.” – Hans VandeVen.

About us

Hans Van de Ven

Hans Van de Ven

CEO

In 2022 Hans will take over again with a focus on service and customer satisfaction. After 24 years, Hans is still the first and last present at all Motorsport School days.

Niels Schoenmakers

Niels Schoenmakers

Administration & Marketing

Since 2016, Niels has been welcoming the drivers every morning with a smile in 4 languages. In addition, he manages the website and social media of Motorsportschool Zolder with Markethings & Events.

Alexander Rodriguez

Alexander Rodriguez

Administration & Marketing

Hablas Espanol? Besides your questions in Dutch, French, English or German, Alexander also helps you in Spanish. Together with Niels, he manages registrations and marketing.

Sonja Malfroy

Sonja Malfroy

Administration

“Good morning sweetheart!” it has been ringing in the registrations for years. You will also get Sonja on the line if you call us. Straight forward with a passion for two-wheelers.

Rudi Mafrans

Rudi Mafrans

Pitlane manager

For more than 20 years, Rudi has been guarding the pit lane with a view to safety for everyone. Rudi also carries out the technical inspection and is in direct contact with race control.

De Witte

De Witte

Pitlane assistant

Well, where do we start… Besides our mascot, “de Witte” is also known as “Schwantzke”. The leading actor, responsible for the pitlane, radios, transponders, logistics,...

Wim Maerevoet

Wim Maerevoet

Course responsable

With his vast experience as an instructor, Wim has been responsible for all courses together with Gerrit since 2022. Are you following a course and do you have a practical question? Then Wim is your point of contact.

Gerrit Van Kerkhove

Gerrit Van Kerkhove

Course responsable

Quick in practice and extremely educational in theory! Gerrit combines teaching on the track with giving the theory parts between the track sessions. He will gladly help you further.

Luc Jonkers

Luc Jonkers

Course assistant

Few people are on a motorcycle as often as Luc. If his knee doesn't touch the ground, “Luca69” is somewhere in the woods with an Enduro. He assists us during the Level 2 and ART courses.

Niels Hattas

Niels Hattas

Instructor

 As a mechanic at the BMW Motorrad EWC, I have a great passion for motorcycling. You'll always see me in the pitlane with a smile on my face and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Stef

Stef

Instructor

With years of experience on the track and several circuits in Europe, Stef is the ideal man to take your moto lesson from! 

 

Eddy Geudens

Eddy Geudens

Instructor

You'd better leave already because the fast Eddy is already there! 

 

Dennis Vermoesen

Dennis Vermoesen

Instructor

Dennis is our proud native of Antwerp who in his daily life enjoys making customised pipes and tubes. He is also very active for MSZ and enjoys competing in championships with his team Trax Racing.

Kenny Tournel

Kenny Tournel

Instructor

I am always late, but worth the wait! 

Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson

Instructor

I once tried to kick-start a Wallaroo, but the key wasn't turned far enough into the ignition... it took about 10 kicks before I got it right... rather embarrassing with a whole crowd watching at the BSB in Assen...

Eric Hubert

Eric Hubert

Instructor

On the bike, I am a real go-getter. Nothing that ever makes me stop riding. I am always here to help you during your first trackday. Only in French though! 

 

Nora Berecoechea

Nora Berecoechea

Instructor

I discovered my passion as a driver a long time ago. It all started in Argentina when I was 3 years old. At that time I loved horse riding and started to like speed and horsepower. When I moved to Europe, I discovered the motorcycle and since then they have become my horses and my everything!

Sonja Dupont

Sonja Dupont

Instructor

On my first track day, I asked the instructor why he always talked about the APEX and what it actually meant. Everyone laughed and probably wondered how I got lost there.... 

Peter Halsig

Peter Halsig

Instructor

I take the responsibility to help our German customers. as a German-speaking rider, you can find the perfect place at the Motorsportschool Zolder. 

 

Saskia Schulenburg

Saskia Schulenburg

Instructor

Girl power! I may look sweet but most men can't follow me. I would love to teach you the tricks of the trade and maybe one day you will catch up with me! 

 

Sandro Paglia

Sandro Paglia

Instructor

I crashed 13 times in the first year I started riding motorbikes. This does not happen anymore after my 12 years of experience as an instructor at the Motorsportschool Zolder. 

Marcellino Moortgat

Marcellino Moortgat

Instructor

After Randy Mamola's victory in the 1980 Zolder 500cc GP, I was naturally going to do the same!

Nicky De Wit

Nicky De Wit

Instructor

Besides racing my bike, I like to teach you the most important points you need to know to become a good motorcyclist. 

 

Koen Henderieckx

Koen Henderieckx

Instructor

I have always loved the sensation of speed, a motorbike gives you that feeling in a way that nothing else can. I rode the sprints at Zolder, occasionally endurance. 

Carl Cheret

Carl Cheret

Instructor

As an experienced amateur racing pilot, I know what the dangers of the motorcycle can sometimes be. I became an instructor because I want to help people use their two-wheeled vehicles safely! 

Steven Degreef

Steven Degreef

Instructor

I love driving a Mercedes-Benz, but nothing beats a good BMW engine! 

Wim Van den Bossche

Wim Van den Bossche

Instructor

With 18 years of experience as an instructor, I have seen a lot over the years and have been able to help many riders. 

 

Gerd Maris

Gerd Maris

Instructor

It is not the horsepower that does it, but the donkey that sits on it. PS I go like thunder!

Marc De Laet

Marc De Laet

Instructor

Braking is fear... ! As a professional pilot, I love the speed and it will never bore me.