Yamaha Champions Riding School to Cease Operations

UMC's Online Editor at Yamaha Champions Riding School
UMC's Online Editor at Yamaha Champions Riding School
UMC’s Online Editor at Yamaha Champions Riding School

Yamaha Champions Riding School to Discontinue

Due to financial issues, the Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS) will cease operations following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

The final YCRS school will occur Oct. 16, 2013, at Miller Motorsports Park. There are also schools Sept. 26-27, Oct. 10-11, and Oct. 14-15. YCRS also hosted schools at other tracks across the states, including Laguna Seca and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Miller Motorsports Park reports the decision to discontinue the school is based upon an in-depth evaluation that determined the school could not be profitably sustained over the long term.

YCRS, a division of Miller Performance located at Miller Motorsports Park (MMP) in Utah, is led by Lead Instructor Nick Ienatsch, a two-time AMA National Champion, and features guest instructors such as five-time Daytona 500 winner, Scott Russell.

John Larson (General Manager of Miller Performance) says: “The decision to wind down the operations of the Yamaha Champions Racing School was a difficult one.

“We would like to express our appreciation to all of our guests who have supported the program since its inception. We would also like to thank our incredible staff of instructors along with our partners Yamaha Motor Corporation, Dunlop, Arai, Alpinestars, iON Camera, Odyssey Battery, Lucas Oil, Chatter Box, GYTR and Comfort Inn & Suites at Lake Point, for their hard work, support and dedication. We will continue to seek out opportunities to work with our YCRS partners as we go forward.”

David Docktor (Marketing Manager of Yamaha) says: “We are disappointed by this news, and know that this was a difficult decision for the Miller organization. Students who attended the school often said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an invaluable education to help improve their safety and riding skills.

“We are extremely proud of our association with the school, and thank Miller Performance and all the YCRS instructors and staff for their tireless and passionate devotion to the best in rider training. We will explore other opportunities to continue supporting on-track rider training for enthusiasts in the future.”

Though the Yamaha school has discounted, MMP says it will continue to support track-day groups such as Apex Track Days and Keigwins the Track, motorcycle schools such as the California Superbike School, and Utah’s local race series, the Utah Sport Bike Association’s Masters of the Mountains championship.

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