DNA, Talent and Balls

Talent… isn’t this just a fancy word to hide behind?!

You might think you don’t have such thing as ‘talent’, and so a blockade has been build already. You don’t go and try with that kind of conclusion- ‘cuz’ ya don’t have it’. No eager to try- no success. It’s failure already. As a matter of fact though- nobody is born with a riding or racing DNA. Nobody. Everything is learn-able. Everything. The only question is how long will it take to get you there and how far you’ll come. That begins with a will, which can be slowed down by thinking that ‘you don’t have it’.

Here is a quick insight of a professional racing career.It might displays what really matters, instead of searching an answer for the ‘why you don’t have it’. Here we go…

You start riding motorcycles and you suck. That’s darn natural when it all begins, isn’t that right?! But you learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Years later you find out you’re too fast for public roads, and despite all the crashes you had you literally smoke everyone else. Then you find passion in riding on race tracks- but you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. It takes some time to go through C- then B group, and despite all the crashes you had you literally smoke everyone on A group. You start attending amateur racing and you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Nobody can lap you anymore and you are damn hard to beat on the brakes. It took years to win your first race, and another one to win the amateur championship. Sponsorships coming in and you start in a racing league on a semi-pro level and you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. You’ve learned to deal with the pressure of success and the competition level is so tough that it toughens you. Despite the bleeding and sideways walking out of hospitals you’ve made it into a international operating professional racing team, but you suck.  You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Physical and mental pain makes you fight even harder. Turns out the clock to be your worse enemy. Tears, sweat and blood you gave to find the missing 1oth of a second to make it to your first international pole position in qualifying. Years of competing on that level makes sponsors, fans and press so that your phone rings and so your next milestone is the European championship- but you suck. It’ll take time to beat all of these highly paid competitors, because all of them have been champions around this planet. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. The word ‘retreat’ doesn’t exist for you anymore. Your strength compensates weaknesses in regard equipment and you make your way up and up until you are making top 5 results. The years of competing on a high level leaves marks on your body. Open wounds turning to scars and staying forever, just like those titanium plates and bolts in some of your bones. Your phone rings. You are invited to join a MotoGP racing team because their number two rider is injured. They let you test their prototype race bike, but you suck…

Talent?! Does that mean you can skip all of this if you’d have talent? That you don’t have to fight to get there? That would be more of a luck than talent, wouldn’t it? No, a strong will is needed to get to the point where you want to be. A good eye-hand-coordination and a brain helps. If you have that- you are probably good with lots of other sports too and you’ll learn quicker. If you don’t have that but at least a brain- then you’ll get there as well, but it just will take longer- that’s all. Everything you really want, is learn-able. Don’t hide- don’t feel bad with yourself. Just enjoy the ride, because that’s the fun part.

There is no riding DNA- or “all you need is balls”. If you think that’s all it takes, then you might just take credit away from those guys who took that long route and you might just hurt yourself

You think this doesn’t apply to regular street riders? Wait a sec… you start riding motorcycles and you suck…

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

4 replies
  1. Tracy
    Tracy says:

    Way to “Embrace the Suck” coach ;)

    I really like this attitude to take the next challenge every time. And thank YOU for guiding us faster (and safer) to the moments where “it clicks”. -T

  2. Dean Lonskey
    Dean Lonskey says:

    Boy, never really thought about this. The phrase, “he’s born with the talent…” Or “he’s got talent” just made sense on its own. Having “the talent” doesn’t mean you’re born with the fundamentals or anything like that but means you have the ability to pick up on things quickly, process them, then put them to use. If you can do this “quickly” and with little fuss then you’ve got TALENT. If you can’t but don’t give up, you’ve got WILLPOWER, STAMINA, and FORTITUDE…3 good things on there own…

    Well said as usual Coach!


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