Yamaha Champions Riding School officially recognized by MSF

Publish Date: 
Aug 7, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation today has officially recognized the Yamaha Champions Riding School, making it only the second third-party curriculum to receive that distinction.

The YCRS is a descendant of the Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School and is now led by Spencer’s protégés Nick Ienatsch and Ken Hill. The school has recently relocated to the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.   

The Yamaha Champions Riding School earned the recognition by meeting MSF criteria to be considered a responsible system of coaching for motorcycle track riding, and by being actively involved with the MSF and aligned with its key principles. The school was also recognized as complementary to the MSF philosophy and approach to motorcyclist training. 

The recognition was conferred following a collaborative process that included an examination of the school’s approach to teaching by Ray Ochs, MSF vice president of training systems, and other MSF staff, plus an extensive review of the overall course methodology and curriculum materials. YCRS curriculum includes U-turns, trail braking, foot-peg loading, and blind corner entry.

More than 25 specific aspects of the program were evaluated, including maintaining a high-challenge/low-threat environment, integrating safety with instructors' talking points, and the degree to which instructors evaluate and provide feedback to students during drills.

From a news release