History

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Founded by Keith Code

Founded by Keith Code in 1980, the California Superbike School offers a step-by-step method of technique-oriented rider training in the art of cornering motorcycles. 

The California Superbike School’s four training levels are completed in order with each of the first three levels presenting precise technical riding skills, taught the old-fashioned way – one step at a time. 

Each skill builds upon the last to create a complete package of control and confidence. The fourth level then tunes in to a rider’s personal goals and objectives with personalised and more intensive on and off track coaching support.

CODE’S APPROACH

Keith Code’s methodology has been taught to numerous championship winning riders including Wayne Rainey, James Toseland, Leon Camier and 2021 World Supersport Champion Dominique Aegerter. As at today, riders who have been trained either at his schools or by Keith personally have won over 65 world and national racing championships.

Keith’s content and approach to teaching has now spread all over the world. His California Superbike Schools have operated at over 90 circuits worldwide in 25+ countries and its cohort of highly experienced coaches have trained over 160,000 students. Keith’s books “A Twist of the Wrist”, “A Twist of the Wrist – Volume II” and “The Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles” have become international best sellers and are considered by professional motorcyclists as the definitive texts for motorcycle riding.

The California Superbike School is a school first and foremost – and not a track day as most riders would understand it. Circuits are used for the school’s training days in order to allow students to practise the taught skills and drills in a professional and safe environment. The number of students is limited on any given day and the coaching ratio is maintained at 1 coach to every 3 students – albeit Level 4 students also benefit from the support of an additional off-track coach.

Global Motorcycle Events

The UK branch of the school is operated by Global Motorcycle Events with Keith Code’s personal endorsement and support. Gary Adshead and Martin Plunkett, its founders and principals, have been involved with the California Superbike School for many years.

Gary acts as the UK school’s Chief Riding Coach and Seminarist and started his superbike school journey when he attended the school’s Level 1 in 2000 at Oulton Park. Level 2 quickly followed at Cadwell Park which is where Gary met Keith Code for the first time. Gary became a riding coach in 2001 and received the inaugural Coach of the Year award in 2002. He continued training students on track until 2010. It was at this point he was selected to be personally trained by Keith in the delivery of the classroom seminars which he has delivered since then.

Martin first attended the California Superbike School in 2010 and it was obvious he had a passion for motorcycle riding and a raw talent for picking up and putting the specific skills into practise. Martin has been coaching at the school since 2014 and and his natural approach to coaching and training students saw him go on to win the prestigious Coach of the Year award in 2016. Martin has now personally trained thousands of the school’s students at circuits all over the world. His positive attitude and approachable nature has endeared him to our customers and his work ethic and quest for excellence means he is also highly respected by his peers. Martin leads the on-track coaching at the schools and also leads the ongoing development programme for the riding coaches.

All staff, including the on-track coaches and the school’s operations team are trained to a set of professional and exacting standards. These have been developed over forty years and the standards of tuition are unparalleled in the motorcycle industry.

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