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Service members learn safety, have fun at trackday

October 09, 2013

Motorcyclists from the Ohio Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force military and civilian communities took advantage of a late-season invitation to learn and practice advanced street-riding skills at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Oct. 7.

Lt. Col. Bernard Willis, who has a history of working hard to improve motorcycling safety, organized the event.

Riders broke up into three groups (novice, intermediate and advanced), alternating between 40-minute briefings/debriefings and 20-minute track sessions. While the cold, wet weather proved a challenge early in the day, the 12 riders pictured below used their seven track sessions to hone their skills under the meticulous coaching of seasoned track-day instructors.

Stepped-up emphasis on motorcycle safety, particularly with advanced training opportunities such as this event, could lead to a reduction in traffic crashes involving military and civilian-support personnel.

The above Ohio Air National Guardsmen and U.S. Air Force personnel participated in a ride day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. L-R: Andy Westman, Bernie Willis, Andres Paredes, Brian Conrad, Jay Crawford, Kori McNabb, James Hodges, Marcus McNabb, Jeff Sovern, Aaron Hawkins, Paul Brooks, and Nikki O'Quinn. (Photo: Imre Szauter)

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