We’re loading up the bikes and heading to the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!
This is your chance to change your life with professional instruction from Nick Ienatsch, Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell and the entire team of champion instructors that includes Ken Hill, Dale Kieffer, Shane Turpin, Mark Schellinger and Garrett Willis.
Yamaha is the official motorcycle of this racetrack that’s home to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and World Superbike. The track is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 180 feet (55 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A.
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Our two-day schools at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will start quick and accelerate from there. Light, powerful and responsive Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycles are provided for every student (R1, FZ1, FZ8 and FZ6R models are also available – call for availability). The racetrack is examined during van ride-alongs and then from the apex as one of the instructors aboard a Yamaha R6 does things right and wrong. Right is quick and repeatable, wrong soon becomes painful. Students aren’t just hearing a prepared speech, they are gaining insight into how a bike works and what we do to make it work correctly; that means repeatedly, predictably and at any pace you choose. We get in and out of the classroom quickly, but students continually hear the reasons that good riders win championships, why we crash and the type and timing of control inputs.
The majority of each day is spent on the track, and the track changes each day to prove to you that it isn’t track memorization that makes you quick but correct riding techniques, and those techniques are learned while following the expert-level instructors, open lapping or perfecting a particular skill with a focused drill. Even during the catered lunches we watch the best riders in the world and discuss how we can emulate them. There is no timed curriculum because the only goal is to make you a better rider!
Plan a getaway to the beautiful town of Monterey, California now, for our highly-praised two-day program. The weather’s perfect, flights are available and this should be the year you make that huge improvement in your riding.
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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is located about 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful town of Monterey. Visitors from all around the world visit the destination to sample its fine wines, incredible restaurants, golf courses and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The world-renowned track is closer than you think, being just a two-hour drive from downtown San Francisco, three hours from Sacramento, and five hours from Los Angeles.
Two-time AMA champion Nick Ienatsch heads up the team of instructors that includes Ken Hill, Dale Keiffer, Shane Turpin and Mark Schellinger.
Go ahead, look these guys up. You’ll find a group of #1 plate holders, class champions, club champions, track-record holders and national champions. Also, Scott Russell, the former AMA Pro Superbike and World Superbike Champion nicknamed “Mr. Daytona” for his five wins in the Daytona 200, has signed on as a Guest Instructor .
What sets these coaches apart is their ability to teach at any level the student rides, at whatever lap time, aimed at whatever goal that student has.
How about the best 600 on the planet, the Yamaha R6? Thought you'd like that. We also have a handful of R6Ss, a more street-oriented version of the R6, and a few FZ1s for those of long inseam that just can't fold themselves on a 600. Add the FZ8 and you will find a terrific choice of bikes.
No, sign up and we'll put you on an R6S, an FZ8 or an FZ1. The S is a slightly-roomier version of the R, and the FZ line is a fantastic sport bike for tall guys.
Yes, you will be allowed to ride as fast as the bike, rider and track allow. We have no speed limits at YCRS, but we do have control limits. Speed is a direct reflection of how you use the controls, and we will stress proper control usage. To us, too much entrance speed isn't really a speed issue, it's a "lack of control" issue.