Lately, I’ve been dissatisfied with my riding. I didn’t necessarily feel like I was doing anything wrong, but my mojo was definitely flagging. I felt like I was stagnating and needed to freshen up my technique. Perhaps some school was in order.
While considering this idea, I remembered what a profound effect Jason Pridmore’s STAR Motorcycle School had on my riding technique when I took a one-day class some 15 years ago. Pridmore’s 14-year professional racing career saw him become AMA 750 SuperSport Champion in 1997 and Formula Xtreme Champion in 2002. Internationally, he won the 2003 and 2012 FIM World Endurance championships. Being the son of the first AMA Superbike champion, Reg Pridmore, means most of his life has been immersed in the world of motorcycle racing. This background helped Jason to develop a strong curriculum for rider training that elevated my level of riding during my previous attendance at STAR.
Soon, I found myself impatiently awaiting March 13 and the beginning of a two-day STAR School event at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Since the STAR School requires that you bring your own motorcycle, this event would also allow me to spend some quality time with my beloved 2003 Yamaha R6.
Like many riding/track schools, STAR School divides its time between classroom instruction and track sessions with riders placing themselves into either Street or Advanced groups. While the same information is taught in both levels, Pridmore delivers it in a way best suited for each grouping’s needs to improve their skills. The structure of these class periods is informal, with Pridmore sitting in front of the class asking leading questions which he uses as a springboard into the material he plans on covering.