First opportunityThe normal ratio of instructors to students on the range is 1 to 6/2 to 12. It is literally impossible for two people to keep 12 people equally under observation at a time even if the 12 only sit still on their motorcycles. Get some of them in motion and it’s even worse.
Instructors will focus on the students in motion and the ones doing the actual skill more than the ones riding back to the line or coming into the area that the instructor deems is “higher-risk” or the critical area for the skill. Yet this is precisely the areas where crashes occur.
Time to intervene:
In reality, then, even if the instructor was looking at that exact student at the exact right moment to see the student—say pop the clutch—there is not enough time for the instructor to do anything between error and result.
What is a minor error as opposed to a major error?
Dr. Petterson does not define what a minor error is. So what exactly does M$F say a minor error (that shouldn’t be coached) is as opposed to a major one (that should be)? They don’t. You’re supposed to know. How do you know?
Does your state define major and minor errors? Is it written down or just something you “know”? Would someone like Haynes agree? Or more to the point—would the other instructor on the range with you agree? And would your training specialist and state administrator agree?
And why is this a topic of discussion? Because the fatality rate of Rider Training Programs is rising. Read more on her site and get blown away.