Superbike-Coach operates since 2009 in the United States. We started out offering the Road Skill program as a class until I’ve developed programs specifically for small tracks. I think it was in 2010, when we started the very first Wheelie Course at Little 99 Raceway in Stockton California and added the Knee Down class in 2011. I was mostly busy with small groups and especially 1on1’s on big track with the Track Drill program. The most popular program was yet to come in the end of 2013- the Cornering School from Day 1 to Day 3.
This program was quickly darn popular. It is colorful, energetic, passionate, and filled with people of all ages, genders, levels and characters that I urged to conserve the vibe in pictures. Well that’s why, and to give my people something additional. Something others don’t… free sport photography.
Technically it ain’t hard to hire a photographer, so I made my way through some. I mean, sometimes I had a different photographer from class to class, but nothing beyond ‘clicking the cam’. Don’t get me wrong- they were all good, and some are still friends. However, something was missing with them. What I needed was someone who sees what I see. Someone who wants to be part of the revolution which Superbike-Coach represents. Someone who cares what happens. Someone who is loyal and shares the passion.
He was shy and scared talking to more than one person at a time, but he grew into it. His picture quality weren’t the best back then, but that’s not always priority. All I knew from that particular class with Dean is, that he will learn and develop just because of the way we do the classes and through time, so I hired him.
I think it was in 2014 when Dean Lonskey and his friend signed up for the Wheelie Course and when he heard that my photographer had let us down by not showing up. He quickly walked up to me and told me how much he loves the class and that he actually does hobby photography. I liked his energetic nature right away and asked him for a try-out.
That Cornering class with him and Marion on my side was a delight through and through. Was it ‘perfect’?… no, how could it?! But there was the spark I was missing. An ex-Moto Cross racer who hears my racer heart beating. That is enough to cover what’s not perfect yet.
In all those years we shared ups and downs and we have a healthy way to deal with opinions and differences- I wish to see happening for this country btw. Today, Dean Lonskey is a Superbike-Coach to the bone. Meanwhile, hundred-thousands of pictures have become more than a keep of moment in time- they are a proof of progress to our students… all for free!
All this goes way beyond clicking the cam.
Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp
Dean offers photography in many ways. Go see him if you have a need for it: