A Different Look At The Yamaha Champions Riding School

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By Troy Siahaan

Being the resident sportbike guy at MO didn’t just happen overnight. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some good mentors in my early days of riding that prevented me from riding myself straight off a cliff. Then, through the perks that come with a job like this, I’ve been extremely lucky to receive the coaching of some of the best riders – and teachers – this sport has to offer.

A prime example is the Yamaha Champions Riding School. It’s been a decade or so since I last attended the school, but the lessons learned there have stuck with me all these years later. They helped me break through some plateaus and barriers I’d previously had, and after experiencing the enlightenment that comes when you learn something new, we signed up our resident dirt guy Ryan to attend. At the end of it all, Adams came back and damn near stole my “sportbike guy” title, too!

His improvement was immediate and remarkable, but it also wasn’t an isolated incident. So many people have come through the doors at YCRS, and many students come back multiple times even though the school is designed so you don’t have to. Nonetheless, even repeat students are able to learn new things they missed the first time.

“Look, Ryan. When I’m done with you, you’ll put that Troy guy out of a job.” – Nick Ienatsch

Why is that? What is the secret sauce that entices new students to take the Champ School and convinces alumni to come back? Lead instructor Nick Ienatsch invited me back to the school to see for myself. This time, though, things would be different. I’d be a guest, not a student, so I could see for myself how the philosophy, …read more

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