Wright Out of the Gate Remember the Name
A column by Dylan Wright

Happy New Year everyone! May you all enjoy happiness, health, success as well as lots of great dirt bike moments in 2015.

One of my favourite songs is entitled Remember the Name by a group called Fort Minor. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDvr08sCPOc) It’s the kind of music I love to listen to. It gets me motivated and focused before a race.

This song is describing how someone got to be successful in the music industry writing rap songs, but with a few word changes, this song could easily be about motocross racers. While not all the words of this rap song may be appropriate for all listeners, a lot of it is really awesome! MX101 seemed to agree, because they used it as background music for the series of interviews with the MX101 Yamaha pro team when they were promoting the Sand Del Lee national in July 2014 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxwCzNOCm1M&feature=youtu.be).

The song kicks off with a short introduction followed by a wicked chorus:

You ready?! Let’s go!
Yeah, for those of you that want to know what we’re all about
It’s like this y’all (c’mon!)

[Chorus:]
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!

Sometimes it’s tough to put your thoughts or emotions into words. And then, you hear a song that just seems to sum it up so well. For me, this is about as close as it comes to describing the life of a motocross racer.

Remember the name - Dylan Wright - for 2015. After an and down rookie year, he's coming guns a blazing into the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals. Photo by James Lissimore

Remember the name – Dylan Wright – for 2015. After an and down rookie year, he’s coming guns a-blazing into the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross National, riding once again for the MX101 Talent Factory Yamaha Motor Canada Team. Photo by James Lissimore

·     10% luck: It doesn’t matter how much work you do as a racer or on your bike before race day. There are always things you can’t control and there are always other people on the track doing things you can’t possibly anticipate. Lady Luck needs to be on your side. Having said that, it’s what you do with the bad luck and how you handle it that can make the difference between succeeding or failing as a pro.

·       20% skill: When my dad used to coach hockey and we were playing a team that was more skilled than ours, he always used to say: Hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working. I still live by those words today and apply that to motocross. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to develop the right technique and skills if you want to make your way to the top of the podium in motocross. I have MX101 and my dad to thank for helping me develop the skills I’ve needed to shave off those precious seconds to get me to the front of the pack. In fact, you never stop working on skills. I always train and race with the knowledge that there is likely someone out there that could be faster than me.

·       15% concentrated power of will: While there is always room for improvement, having “heart” and putting in the “effort” cannot be underestimated. When I line up, I adopt a “never give up” attitude. Until I see that checkered flag, I’m charging to the front … to the finish line. I have completed races without rear brakes, with broken levers or shifters, blisters on my hands and feet, bent handle bars, and bruised body parts. Some say I’m a little crazy (LOL); I say I’m persistent and determined. I will not stop until my bike or my body forces me to stop. If that means that I’m riding on the edge … then so be it. My goal is to win motos and championships.

·       15% pleasure: You don’t become a pro, make the sacrifices, and put in the effort that we do unless you love what you are doing. I’m in grade 12 and am seeing lots of my friends struggling to figure out what they are good at in order to pick a college or university program that will lead to a career they will enjoy. Not the case for me right now. I’m going to pursue a pro motocross career for as long as I can. I realize that this job may not be one that will take me through to retirement, but I LOVE dirt bike racing. I’m hoping that when I can no longer be a racer, that I will have been exposed to enough other career options along the way that the path to my next job will be clear. In the meantime, I’m focused on getting my high school diploma and might even sign up for some university courses. I’m really lucky to have sponsors like the MX101 Yamaha Team who have hired me to work for them. I’m really pumped about the 2015 race season!

·       50% pain: “No pain. No gain.” For people sitting in the bleachers watching the sport of motocross, it can look like an “easy” sport. I mean, how many times have you heard comments like: “How hard can it be? You just have to sit on the bike, twist the throttle, and the motor does all the work.” They have clearly never hopped on a dirt bike and ridden the obstacles of a motocross track, while battling with other riders, for 30 minutes. They also haven’t been there for the countless hours of practice, weight training, and cardio training. Sure there is physical pain. Motocross is not a sport for the faint of heart. But there is also the mental pain that comes with losing races and DNFs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I hate losing more than I love winning. I’m OK with feeling the pain, if it means that I’m going to feel the joy and exhilaration of winning. The pain is worth it!

·       100% reason to remember the name: I’m hoping that 2015 will give everyone a reason to remember my name. With a rookie year under my belt, I will be back stronger, smarter and more driven than ever. I also want you to remember the name of the sponsors that are helping me get across the country and line up to race at the 10 rounds of the CMRC nationals, names like MX101, Yamaha Canada, FOX, EKS brand, SSS suspension and Decal Works.

When you read my next blog, I will have finished my exams for the first semester. I will be starting my online courses to get the final credits toward my high school diploma. But what I’m really getting pumped about are my plans to head South to train for the 2015 season. In mid-February, Cale (my mechanic) and I will be heading to Florida for about a month. Then, we are headed back to South of the Border again this year where we will spend another month. I can’t wait!