Yamaha backs riding school at MMP

Students to ride R6, R6S, FZ6R or FZ1

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 13, 2009
Yamaha is teaming up with Miller Motorsports Park to offer a new sportbike riding school for both street riders and track day enthusiasts.

The Yamaha Champions Riding School will hold classes June 3-4 at the Tooele, Utah, track as the newest addition to the Miller Performance Training Center’s programs. The training center also offers programs for cars, karts and off-road vehicles.

“Miller Motorsports Park is a first-class facility in every respect,” says David Docktor, Yamaha motorcycle marketing manager, “and the Miller Performance Training Center is just one example of that. We’re very pleased to be partnering in the Yamaha Champions Riding School, which we are confident will be one of the world’s top riding schools, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Miller Motorsports Park.”

Yamaha will supply motorcycles and marketing for the school which will be open to riders of all brands. The school will offer a fleet of bikes including the 2009 Yamaha R6 and R6S, the FZ6R and the FZ1 for taller riders.

Yamaha will supply the riding school with motorcycles such as the 2009 YZF-R6The school’s teaching staff will be led by experienced instructor and motorcycle journalist Nick Ienatsch. Ken Hill and Dale Kieffer will also provide instruction as will two-time MRA No. 1 plate holder Mark Schellinger and multiple MRA and USBA class champion Shane Turpin.

“The Yamaha Champions Riding School combines small classes with top-level instruction to improve the riding of every type of street rider,” says Ienatsch. “We’ll have kids looking to begin a road racing career and older riders returning to motorcycling after putting the kids through college; our group of instructors will be able to help everyone who walks through the door.”

Yamaha also promises appearances from well-known racing stars and champions as guest instructors.

“Once we made the decision to start our own school, it was a matter of finding the right partner and the right instructors,” says Dan Davis, chief executive officer and president of Miller Motorsports Park. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Yamaha, who have been terrific to work with, and we’ll put Nick Ienatsch and his staff of instructors up against any other school in the world.”