The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has granted official recognition to the Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS). YCRS is only the second MSF-recognized, track-based rider-training school in America. The focus of this collaboration is rider improvement, and bringing YCRS into the MSF fold adds another opportunity for riders to enhance their skills, especially those graduating from the MSF novice and advanced courses.
“We have been coordinating with the MSF for over a year to make this happen,” YCRS’s Nick Ienatsch says. “Our two companies know that the secret to growing our sport is rider training, and YCRS is thrilled to be associated with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. We have done videos for them and they use my book in some of the advanced courses, so getting an MSF recognition for YCRS makes a lot of sense. We get a huge number of street riders at YCRS and we are hoping this MSF recognition helps to grow that number.”
“The MSF does an amazing job of getting new riders into our sport and they wanted to have a place where MSF graduates could go to receive the highest level of training they could seek out,” said YCRS instructor Chris Peris. “We had representatives from the MSF spend time at YCRS to check out our program and to qualify us,” added Peris. “The MSF has strict guidelines that we were able to meet and we incorporated some great things into our program from them.”
According to Tim Buche, president and CEO of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “it makes sense for street riders to pursue training at YCRS. Even though graduates experience select racing techniques, they will be able to transfer the skills, the finesse, and the risk-management strategies taught by Nick and his instructors to regular street riding.” The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. The YCRS approach takes training another step further by putting riders through higher-speed drills on racetracks such as New Jersey Motorsports Park, as well as working on particular skills in the paddock area. This collaboration between MSF and YCRS puts both organizations in a great position to offer multiple levels of training to an increasingly wide variety of riders.
YCRS was able to meet the MSF standards and become an MSF-recognized school by incorporating a variety of MSF instructional principles into its curriculum.
About the MSF:
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.
The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visitwww.msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.