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Gigi Interview

Originally published
on the Honda site: www.powersports.honda.com

Photo: Dito Milian Got Blue Milk

Feedback!

"Thank you Reg and Gigi for a great couple of days at VIR. The CLASS exceeded my expectations. I have about 150 days on tracks using the standard “school” or wide line (between cars and bikes) so this was a paradigm shift for me to always strive for tight, economical lines.

Some more feedback: the two of you are some of the warmest, genuine, caring, enthusiastic people that I have ever met. The classroom lectures (discussions) clearly came from the heart. Humility is a valuable quality in everyone and your own humility set the example for all of us. “There is always someone faster than you, and always someone slower than you.” That is a profound thought to keep in mind.

I was also impressed with how clean the A group riding was, especially day two. Most of these folks really know how to ride. I gave up open track days because the clientele is too crazy and their attitudes were infecting me. I felt very safe out there in CLASS.

I will be back, and I will bring my friends."

-Roy

The CLASS Team

...is a group of fun loving, experienced riders who began as students. Each is steeped in the Pridmore knowledge of what it takes to be smooth and in control on a motorcycle and have an unusual ability to impart their knowledge to you. Almost every one of them has been riding since they were kids, and together, they have hundreds of years of motorcycling experience (no kidding). Some of them race or have raced in the past, but all of them, having been students, know where you're coming from and how to make your experience better. We think you'll also find there's a chemistry here that makes learning easy and a whole lotta fun...

   
reg Reg Pridmore - Santa Paula, CA is the originator and headmaster of CLASS. Reg won the first 3 AMA Superbike Championships in 1976, 1977 and 1978 and a few years back, was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. He taught his first school in his race leathers in Denver in 1974. An affable English expatriate with a quick wit, he has an uncompromising desire to teach you what he's learned over the years. Don't let the collar and tie fool you: even after many years out of competition, he still loves to go in deep and come out hard. Challenge him, and his response will always be: "Wheel it out, mate".
   
gigi Gigi Pridmore - Santa Paula, CA
CLASS Instructor: 18 years
Gigi and Reg have been together since the mid 90's and Reg taught her to ride from scratch, zip zero. Though she still calls herself very much a student, she enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gleaned over the years with CLASS. When she's not in the office or on the race track, chances are you'll find her on her bicycle or dirt bike!
   
fred Fred Willink - NorCal and beyond...
CLASS Instructor: 17 years
Fred began racing when his kids were toddlers, and soon he will likely be bringing his grand-daughters out to join the fun! In 2009 Fred put it all together and won the AHRMA Thruxton Cup Championship and is still going out in that series and showing some of the younger chaps just how it's done. He travels the country to go racing, but in between he meets up with Reg and CLASS at most every school. Take advantage of what his many years of fast experience can do for you...
   
stuart Stuart Beatson - Beaver Dam, VA
CLASS Instructor: 30 years!
Stu is affectionately known as Reg's "oldest" instructor having been with Reg since he first took on helpers in '83. A racer back in the day, Stuart won the AMA Battle of Twins Championship on his BMW Boxer in 1984. But he still enjoys ripping around on big twins! These days, you'll find Stu working as the service manager at Morton's BMW motorcycle dealership in Fredericksburg, VA.
   
gary Gary Crandall - Merced, CA
CLASS Instructor: 23 years
Gary is always smiling! Keeps us wondering what he's thinking about. Gary is fast and smooth and has a great eye for helping riders get faster and smoother themselves. His day job involves wrenching on bikes but when it's time for school, Gary is there, all smiles and ready to help.
   
ted Ted Holman - Grants Pass, OR
CLASS Instructor: 24 years
Ted could very well be the Missing Link. But he's a gifted and talented rider and has the ability to teach as well, so Reg keeps him around. He first came to school back in the late 80's and Reg tells stories of how he would crash, and get up smiling, and crash again. But, his riding came along very well and he's since become a very good instructor. Yes, Ted gets more than his share of teasing, because he's one of those characters that *asks for it*. Got any stickers?
   
phil Phil Cowden - Bakersfield, CA
CLASS Instructor: 5 years, FORCE 5 Ambassador
Phil first came to CLASS as an Exec student and for the next 3 or 4 years, we saw him at every school we did. He listened intently and put to practice what was being taught and before we knew it, he was really good. So Reg asked him to help out and he's not only gotten a lot better at riding, his teaching ability is shining through.
   
clark Clark Attebury - Detroit, MI
CLASS Instructor: 9 years
Beginning as a student in 1998, Clark has been soaking in as much as we can give. Now he's giving back to you as a CLASS instructor. He has a lot of skill and a fantastic ability to express what he's learned to help others on their journey up the skill ladder. A soft spoken gent, you might not ever guess that by day he's a TV producer...
   
aaron Aaron White- Grand Rapids, MI
CLASS Instructor: 11 years
Aaron raced Hare Scrambles and MX for years and then decided he wanted to ride street bikes - really fast! He began coming to CLASS and as his skill grew and we got to know him, he was a natural fit for the CLASS program.  Fast yes, but he's also a very patient teacher and helpful to riders at every end of the spectrum.
   
craig Craig Hansen - Medford, OR
CLASS Instructor: 18 years
Craig, along with son Mason and wife Connie, owns and runs Hansen's Ducati-BMW-Triumph in Medford Oregon. As you might imagine, Craig generally takes a lot of heat for having to deal with warranty issues... Another long time CLASS student who did a little club racing, Craig has a truly uncanny ability to help riders get the most out of themselves and move on up the ladder.
   
will Will Kenefick - Camarillo, CA
CLASS Instructor: 3 years
Will has been coming to CLASS since the early 90's and has been deeply involved in building, tuning and riding motorcycles all that time. He brings a ton of experience to the team and has a heart to make you a better rider! When he's not at CLASS you'll find him at his shop Motorcycle Service Centers or riding to the highest parts of the Santa Monica mountains on his street bike or his mountain bike!
   
marcus Marcus DeLuco - Pasadena, CA
CLASS Instructor: 2 years
Marcus started coming to CLASS in 2010 and it soon became apparent that his learning curve was steep and his ability to analyze and make corrections was strong. He was Force 5 and was attending every CLASS - it was time to get him on this side. He and wife Leslie travel to all of our west coast dates and have become a huge and helpful part of the CLASS family. Get Marcus for some one on one and you will ride away, better, safer and faster.
   
andy Andy Kettle- County Cork, Ireland
CLASS Instructor: 16 years
Andy is our resident wilde Irishman and helps keep the humor flowing - like with his morning award ceremonies - you most likely don't want to receive one of his awards....  His enthusiasm is contagious and Andy's got the skill and the time to help you become a better rider.
   
allan Allan Eastbourn - Latrobe, PA
CLASS Instructor: 8 years
A student since 1998, Allan became a regular fixture with us in the paddock over the past couple of years and his skill level has ratcheted way up! Freshly steeped in Pridmore education, he's excited to pass on what he's learned to you. A jet jock (pilot) for a day job, Allan brings a lot of skill, talent and knowledge to the CLASS table.
   
gery Gery Torok - New Jersey exit 46
CLASS Instructor: 22 years
Gery is a hard core enthusiastic street rider and sport tourer who often times just packs a couple of things in a tank bag and heads off cross country.  With a very good sense of what it is about his CLASS experience that has made him so much better, Gery enjoys sharing this knowledge with students. 
   
phil Phil Smith - Ojai, CA
CLASS Instructor: 26 years
Originally from England, Phil grew up around the old Triumph factory.  Motorcycles are in his blood. One of Reg's original instructors, Phil used to race in those days and even now, in his spare time he likes to ride motorcycles, very fast. His enthusiasm is contagious and he's a great helper on the track and in the classroom. Phil's one of the best.
   
John Mc John Mc Adoo - Bakersfield, CA
CLASS Instructor: 3 years
When we can coax him away from his day job, which includes flying helicopters, John now comes out and helps teach with us at CLASS. He's quickly become one of our top guys and is able to express and help riders at every level. He knows how to ride and he knows how to help you ride a lot better. And as a bonus, he's got some great stories to tell.
   
John Francis John Francis - Novato, CA
CLASS Instructor: 3 years
John has been coming to CLASS for 20 years and would have been helping us out a lot longer - if our schedules had meshed better. But they work now and he's been a great addition to our west coast schools. In his spare time John loves to race hare scrambles, chasing after his teenage son and daughter- all on dirt bikes!
   
Brett Nusz Brett Nusz - Bakersfield, CA
CLASS Instructor: 3 years
Another of the amazing Bakersfield clan, Brett has been coming to CLASS for many years. Racing his Honda Hawk took him aside for awhile but now he's back and now has begun helping pass on what his Pridmore education has taught him.
   
mason Mason Hansen - Medford, OR
CLASS Instructor: 12 years
Mason has been coming to CLASS with dad Craig ever since he could ride a street bike. He helps Craig run the motorcycle shop in Medford, OR which, along with customizing his bikes, working on his house and taking good care of his wife and young kids, keeps him busy full time. But when we can get Mason to break away and come to CLASS, he's a great addition to the CLASS team!