‘Stand out, but not by be­ing a d***’

MCN man’s words of wis­dom for the up-and-com­ing race stars

MCN - - LIFE ON BIKES -

II of­ten get asked for ad­vice by young up-and-com­ing mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ers and a lot of the time I won­der what to say to them. The thing is you just have to get on with it don’t you? You have to look at peo­ple who have been suc­cess­ful and learn from what do they do. They just crack on, work hard and it pays off in the end.

I used to go to all the bike shows and in­tro­duce my­self to peo­ple from the rac­ing world, lis­ten to ev­ery­one and try and work out how who­ever it was had got where they are in the sport.

‘NO­BODY GIVES YOU SUC­CESS FOR FREE, YOU MUST EARN IT’

No­body gives you suc­cess for free, you’ve got to go out and earn it, but it’s also im­por­tant to make sure you are do­ing it for the right rea­sons. You have to en­joy it.

If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Rac­ing is a hard game, es­pe­cially th­ese days. Some­times it’s not good enough sim­ply to have a tal­ent for go­ing like a rocket on two wheels – you need to work hard for the spon­sor­ship and all that so­cial me­dial stuff.

In other words, you need a bit of per­son­al­ity, that def­i­nitely helps. You need to stand out from the crowd, but not by be­ing a com­plete dick­head or from do­ing some­thing bad ei­ther on or off the track.

It’s funny when you’re a kid, no­body lis­tens to you when you’re young, even when you’re right. If you’re a de­cent per­son, you’ll find a spon­sor, you’ll find a way and you’ll find a di­rec­tion but when you see th­ese kids com­ing into the job think­ing they know it all and there’s noth­ing more frus­trat­ing. If you’re nice and de­cent no­body will mind help­ing you.

Of course, you need abil­ity, but af­ter that it’s about be­ing hard­work­ing and hon­est.

McPint shares his wis­dom with TT New­comer Josh Da­ley back in 2016

Even Josh Brookes tapped into the great McPint me­mory bank be­fore his TT de­but

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