Safety first as 7,000 attend motorbike assessment

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Hundreds of motorcyclists had their riding skills tested at the National BikeSafe Motorcycle Show.

More than 7,000 riders and their families attended the two-day event at Doncaster Racecourse, organised by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Bikers took part in a 45- minute on-road experience and were given feedback on what they are doing well, where they could develop their skills and, if necessary, were recommended further training.

Sgt Graham Sayner of South Yorkshire Police said: “Although some accidents cannot be avoided, more than half of all motorcycle crashes are caused by rider error.

“The main aim of the day was to make riders more aware of the mistakes that can happen on the roads, and improve rider proficiency.

“By increasing rider confidence and skills by getting motorcyclists to sign up to further courses or enhanced rider schemes, we hope to reduce the number of motorcyclists involved in collisions.”

The show also raised £1,500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.