IDLE CHAT­TER

Just the other day I was watching ‘Lone Wolf McQuade’ where Chuck Nor­ris al­most sin­gle-hand­edly tears down an en­tire drug car­tel. Un­for­tu­nately, in the real world how­ever much we may want to be like Texas Ranger J J McQuade, truth is it is the team that m

Bike India - - Contents - by Aninda Sar­dar

WE ALL HAVE CHILD­HOOD AC­TION HEROES whom we con­tinue to idolise, ei­ther overtly or at a sub­dued level. I’m will­ing to bet that in a ma­jor­ity of our cases th­ese ac­tion heroes would be lone wolves, one man ar­mies, if you please. I am also will­ing to bet that there are sev­eral of us who se­cretly wish to em­u­late th­ese heroes. In short, we wish to be those in­spir­ing (even if thor­oughly fic­tional) char­ac­ters that our peers and ju­niors, and, per­haps, even se­niors would look up to. In that fan­tasy world we can ride a bike as fast as a Mo­toGP leg­end, drive like the late great Ayr­ton Senna, do daredevil stunts like Kevin Carmichael on a bike or Ken Block in a car, build a bike like Jeremy Burgess, run a mo­tor sport team like Ron Den­nis and run a me­dia net­work like Ru­pert Mur­doch. How I wish I could do it all and be the hero that saves the day...ev­ery day!

The re­al­ity I ex­ist in, how­ever, is just a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent for I am ex­tremely gifted when it comes to the in­abil­ity to mul­ti­task. There are some things I can do well, some I can do to an ac­cept­able level; some I do poorly and then there are oth­ers that I can’t do at all. And I cer­tainly can’t do any of th­ese at the same time, which is pre­cisely why I need a team of peo­ple to work with. My suc­cess is al­ways a part of the suc­cess that is scripted by the team around me.

In a sense, there­fore, the sit­u­a­tion I find my­self in isn’t much dif­fer­ent from what ex­ists in the world of mo­tor sport. I mean, take a look at the high-oc­tane world of Mo­toGP or World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship or the le­gendary Dakar Rally. From the ear­li­est days of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing the suc­cess of the rider is as de­pen­dent on the team that sup­ports him as on his own skills. With­out the sup­port of an able team, even the most gifted rider may not be able to make his mark on the global stage.

Take the liv­ing leg­end that is Valentino Rossi, for in­stance. He prac­ti­cally in­her­ited the bril­liant Jeremy Burgess and his crew when the other liv­ing leg­end, Mick Doohan, re­tired from the bal­lis­tic world of Premier Class mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. When Rossi moved to Yamaha, he en­sured that Burgess and the crew went with him. If you think that this was an act of friendly loy­alty, then you’ve only got a small part of the game. While I’m sure there were loy­al­ties in­volved, I am will­ing to wa­ger that a man of Rossi’s in­tel­li­gence un­der­stood that to con­tinue to be at the top of the game he would need a team that was at the top of its game. His much-lauded and ob­vi­ously vis­i­ble suc­cess de­pended on the be­hind-the-scenes suc­cess of this team. With­out that sup­port, Valentino would still be the won­der­fully gifted rider that he is but, per­haps, not nearly as suc­cess­ful.

Now, I am no Valentino Rossi and my suc­cesses are much less ob­vi­ous to any­one be­yond 10 feet of me. They are the hum­ble suc­cesses of any av­er­age man, al­though no less cel­e­brated in my head than any cham­pi­onship win of Rossi’s. And yet, much as I would like to play the lone wolf of my fan­tasies, my suc­cess, how­ever small and hum­ble, is only a part of the suc­cess of my team (which in­cludes ev­ery­one from my team leader to the trainees and in­terns). In this, my fi­nal col­umn here at Bike In­dia, I would, there­fore, like to thank ev­ery mem­ber of that won­der­ful team for their sup­port and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess as I bid adieu.

@anin­dasar­dar

The Bike In­dia team (there have been some changes since) with ace de­signer Glynn Kerr

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