MSF Gives Yamaha Champions Riding School Recognition

08/07/2014 @ 1:43 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


The Motorcycle Safety Foundation announced today announced that it has officially recognized the Yamaha Champions Riding School, making it only the second third-party curriculum to receive this distinction by the MSF.

A hat-tip to the curriculum at YCRS, the recognition by the MSF doesn’t seem to mean that you will be able to substitute a YCRS class for a motorcycle practical exam; though it does mean that the YCRS curriculum meets the high standards set forth by the MSF, which reviewed the school’s coaching methodology and key principles.

The MSF says that more than 25 specific aspects of the program were evaluated during this process, 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.

This review culminated with YCRS agreeing to incorporate key MSF instructional concepts and terminology into its class structure.

The Yamaha Champions Riding School is the current embodiment of the Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School, and is currently lead by Spencer’s protégés Nick Ienatsch and Ken Hill, working out of the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

The mission of YCRS is to promote safe and precise riding by teaching riders world-class racing techniques. YCRS accomplishes this goal through a mix of classroom and on-track instruction, which includes topics such as U-turns, trail braking, foot-peg loading, and blind corner entry.

Source: AMA

  • So what’s the other school?!?! I took the women’s class at Freddie Spencer and it was the biggest waste of money ever. They taught down to the lowest level of the students, so those of us with racing experience had to suffer through launch practice. Not race launch, but the sort of launch you’d learn in MSF. When I complained to them, they offered me a discount to their race school. But now they’re out of business, while Keith Code is stronger than ever and has taught me everything I think I need to know about cornering.