I know what's slowing me down - and to be honest, I just don't have the balls to do what's needed to get to AMA times. Less brakes. More throttle. More entry speed. Isn't that the same song and dance for everyone?
... I'll be honest, I have a real hard time forking over $2500 for no promises that I'll be any faster. What are they going to teach me that I don't already know? I know dozens of people that have taken YCRS - and yet they are still slow as dog shit.
...I just wanna go fast. Really, really fast. And if you're not going to get me any faster, I'm not interested. How can they "teach" you to man the fvuck up to do what's needed to get faster? That's my biggest question.
I can answer your biggest question...
Actually, you kind of answered it yourself. "What are they going to teach me that I don't already know?"
That's kind of the point, you don't know what you don't know!
The only difference between you and an AMA rider is comfort level on the bike (aka "balls"). But it isn't like they are all just kamikaze maniacs, they have the skills to run that pace without crashing. Where do they get those skills? YCRS isn't going to teach you to man the fvuck up, they are going to teach you the skills you need to be more comfortable on the bike at a faster speed. Then the less brakes/more throttle/more entry speed will come on it's own without the oh shit factor. You will have manned the fvuck up by default because now you have the skills to handle the increased speed without crashing and you are no longer scared to go through that corner faster.
Riders who crash a lot have a sense of bravery that exceeds their level of skill. The difference may be minute, they may not feel scared all the time, but they are obviously riding over their head and that's why they are crashing. What you want is for your skill to slightly exceed your bravery. That way you are always riding within your capabilities and not crashing. Then as the skill comes up the bravery comes with it. The answer to going faster isn't just to say 'screw it, I'm going to brake later than I ever have before and really rail into this corner.' The answer is to learn the proper technique.
I also know of a couple people (certainly not dozens) who have been to the school and are still pretty slow. But you know what? I'll bet they are faster than they were before the school. AND they aren't crashing.
Let me try to make another point, it's kind of a stretch but stay with me.
Let's take your line of thinking and apply it to another discipline. One where bravery isn't a factor: Baking.
Let's say you are trying to bake the worlds most delicious cake. You have a general idea of how a cake is made; flower, sugar, butter, etc. You keep mixing the ingredients together as best you can and the cake always tastes pretty good, but not the best.
Now one of the best cake makers in the world comes up to you and says "I know what you are doing wrong. I know why your cake isn't the most delicious. I know what you don't know and I can teach it to you."
And you say, "no thanks, I'm just going to keep on mixing the ingredients together on my own and hopefully it becomes the worlds best cake eventually."
To me, that's basically analogous to you saying "How can they "teach" you ... to do what's needed to get faster?"
I was actually just chatting with Ken Hill the other day via email and this is one of the things he said to me: "a successful lap time comes from proper technique....start chasing a lap time and it goes wrong quickly....."
It's not about you just having the balls to go faster, it's about being taught the proper technique to go faster, then your level of bravery rises with your skill.
Honestly, you should email Ken and ask him those same questions that I have quoted above. Tell him you are interested in the school but you aren't convinced it's worth it. If I have done a shitty job of convincing you (likely) I'll bet he does a better job. To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.