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Motorcycle Safety Foundation to host training professionals in 2013

March 07, 2013

The following is an industry press release...

IRVINE, Calif., March 6, 2013 – Against the backdrop of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, a round of the MotoGP World Championship motorcycle races, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation will conduct its Third Annual International Rider Education Training System conference on August 15 and 16. The two prior IRETS events have drawn hundreds of rider education professionals interested in providing motorcyclists, particularly new riders, with the most effective skills and behaviors MSF has incorporated into its RiderCourses.  This affords the safety-training professionals a unique opportunity to participate in a great weekend of racing and motorcycling events. 

IRETS is one of two international motorcycle safety conferences that MSF will host in 2013. IRETS is designed to appeal to those currently using or interested in using MSF internationally.  Plenary and breakout sessions will cover MSF curriculum delivery, quality assurance, and program administration at the state and international level, and provide MSF RiderCoaches and RiderCoach Trainers with knowledge to better bring the MSF curricula to life for their students. 

The ifz/MSF International Motorcycle Safety Conference, scheduled in conjunction with the inaugural American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, will focus on the latest research from across the globe.  Practical responses to research will be emphasized in riding exercises and other hands-on demonstrations.

“The IRETS common theme is the use of MSF’s Rider Education and Training System (RETS). The event brings trainer, administrators and other stakeholders together with MSF National Staff to network and share their best practices, tools and techniques,” said MSF Vice President Robert Gladden. “This year, our goal is for IRETS to again create an atmosphere where rider education professionals can strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration among their peers. As always, we celebrate the universal goal of positive student outcomes, of eliminating crashes, fatalities and injuries.”

Slated for August 15 and 16 at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing, registration for IRETS will open in May. A block of rooms with special pricing has been set aside at the host hotel and covered secure motorcycle parking will be available. IRETS participants will have the opportunity to purchase specially priced packages for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend that include tickets to the race, behind the scenes tours and other great benefits. 

The heart of this year’s IRETS will be sessions offering information on the updated Basic RiderCourse, which now includes an eCourse component. Not only will attendees have access to this much-needed information, they’ll also get details on how program providers can implement the BRC update. Additionally, MSFRiderCourse range activities will be available.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

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