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Apr 24, 2018

UtahSBA And YCRS Team Up To Train Utah Highway Patrol Motor Officers At Utah Motorsports Campus

UtahSBA Advanced Rider Training Instructor, Rob Nolan, follows and evaluates a Utah Highway Patrol Officer during training at the Utah Motorsports Campus. Photo by Steve Midgley Photography, courtesy of UtahSBA.

The Utah Sport Bike Association, in partnership with the Utah Motorsports Campus and the Yamaha Champions Riding School, conducted Advanced Rider Training with the Utah Highway Patrol Motor Officer team.

The Utah Sportbike Association (UtahSBA) is a Utah non-profit chartered to provide educational and competition opportunities to motorcyclists in the intermountain West. The Advanced Rider Training Curriculum, enhanced in 2017 as part of a partnership with the Yamaha Champions School, is available to all road going motorcyclists several times throughout the year to reduce rider risk while increasing skill and enjoyment on the road. The Utah Highway Patrol has recognized the value of this training, and returned to the UtahSBA for the 3rd time on April 21st at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville. Nick Ienatsch, of the Yamaha Champions Riding School, came to prepare the UtahSBA Advanced Rider Training coaches for the 2018 season of classes in conjunction with the motor officer training program. The Utah Motorsports Campus, currently owned by Tooele County and operated by MiTime under the Utah Motorsports Campus name, sponsored the event to provide this valuable training for our public servants.

Nick Ienatsch, chief instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School said, “We’re proud to have been working with with the UtahSBA for the last few years and bringing Champions Habits to their curriculum. This industry is built on relationships, and the trickle down of the YCRS Way from the UtahSBA, to the Utah Highway Patrol is providing the best possible information to those riders who are on the streets every day for their job."

“I’m thrilled about the partnerships we have built over the years with the Tooele County, the Utah Motorsports Campus and the Champ School.” Said UtahSBA President, Scott Rybarik. “On the whole we want motorcyclists to enjoy the sport while remaining safe. This is especially true of our public servants who are on motorcycles as a part of their job, day in and day out.” UtahSBA Director of Schools, Michael Hawkins, agrees. "This program is definitely a great opportunity to connect with the law enforcement and break down barriers and stigma behind bikers. Being able to share the road with all types of people and bikes is a great starting point for making society a better place for sure. I love riding and I love sharing that passion with anyone who wants to learn to ride better! "

Sergeant Danny Allen, of the Utah Highway Patrol, recently inherited leadership of the squad from Donavan Lucas and is excited to provide this opportunity for his team. "I've been on the motor squad with him (Donavan) for almost 10 years, so I have big shoes to fill. This training is the best I’ve ever attended as a motor officer” said Allen.

You can learn more about the Utah Sportbike Association at our webpage: www.utahsba.com or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/utahsba/ . You can learn more about the Yamaha Champions Riding School at: www.champschool.com . You can learn more about the Utah Motorsports Campus at www.utahmotorsportscampus.com .

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