Riding Schools have been brought up quite a bit lately so I thought I would post my experiences at YCRS this past week. I attended YCRS on September the 12th and 13th at New Jersey Motorsports Park the day after the MotoAmerica National. First thing you need understand straight away is that YCRS is NOT a racing school. The focus of the school is teach you how a motorcycle works (motorcycle chassis dynamics) and how to control the motorcycle. They do not cover race starts, race craft, or lap times.....in fact, I didn't do a complete lap at "speed" until half way through the second day! Bikes: I would highly recommend taking the school on the YCRS school bikes or at the very least a good street bike. I would not recommend taking the school on your race bike. There is a lot of stopping on the race track (yes, I know it sounds strange) and a lot of parking lot work. Street bikes work much better in these conditions. Kick stands and street tires work better as well. Its also easier for the instructors to help you if you have a brake light. I did the school on a 2015 CBR1000SP street bike with a 1040cc big bore motor making 190hp. It was good that the CBR was a street bike, but it would have been better on one of the school R6's. The school bikes are well prepared and they have a full staff to support the bikes. If did it again, it would be on the school R6's. Instructors: The instructors are amazing. Nick Ienatsch and Co. have assembled an incredibly diverse and experienced staff. Our school was special with guest instructors JD Beech, Garrett Gerloff, and Cameron Boobietittie....but their regular staff are all very special riders and human beings. Fast guys like Kyle Wyman and Chris Peris....and bad asses like N2 owner Rob Cichielo and Marine Lieutenant General Robert Schmidle. Everybody there is super experienced, helpful and worth listing too. The instructors worked with us as an entire group, small groups (3 or 4) and individually. Any time you had a question or needed something, the instructors would bend over backwards to help. Great group of people. Curriculum: I have been doing this for a long time and I have done a few other schools. The hardest part about doing things like this, is making the school interesting. The YCRS curriculum is well thought out, logical in its approach, effective, and entertaining. The information is presented in manner that builds on itself and the track time allows you to experiment and test each skill. At no point did I wish I was somewhere else and more than a few times I thought...."holy shit, I can't believe I was doing it "the other way" all these years." Who was in the class?: We had current racers, former racers, MotoAmerica crew guys, street guys, car guys, and a 10 year old kid (Ty Scott) that was insanely fast on a Moriwaki 250. A lot of guys were there for their second and third time (which says a lot) and out of 35 guys, over two day.......nobody fell down......nobody. Bike control.... What will you learn?: The biggest take away for me was in bike control. I am sure other students picked up other things, but for me it was all about how to use the controls to make the bike do different things. Brakes, tires, body position, controls, vision, weight distribution, down shifting, lines, acceleration, preparation, fitness, etc....its all covered and reinforced with well thought out exercises. At the end of the day, I would recommend YCRS to any rider at any level. It is expensive, but it is truly a first class program run by super experienced people, with a well thought out curriculum. I can't tell you that I am a faster rider after taking YCRS, but I can tell you that I am a BETTER rider who has more understanding and more control over the motorcycle which will ultimately make me a faster and SAFER rider.