Few in the sport know every aspect of professional motocross better than Ryan Hughes. After a successful career as a global racer, Hughes switched his focus to helping the next generation of riders get the most out of their bikes and bodies. With his successful brand named after his brands, RynoPower and Ryno Institute, and a eye on the sport, we wanted to know what he sees as the biggest misconceptions in motocross training and technique.

Three Training Misconceptions

1. One Dimensional Training

“People aren't doing well rounded training, but only one dimensional training by only riding a bicycle or only riding motocross. Motocross is asking you to be strong, stable, coordinated, balanced, have fitness, intensity, focus, and a flow. You need to hit all of these points in your training, and that takes gym training, cardio training, motorcycle training, mind training by meditation. All of these things make a well-rounded athlete.”

2. Getting Faster Through Training

“People think that they will get faster through training, that if they are not fast then they are not fit. That is not true at all.”

3. Quality Over Quantity

“An underprepared athlete will go much farther than an over-prepared athlete. Train your body, don't drain.”

Three Riding Misconceptions

1. Not Mastering Technique

“People do not master the first point of riding a motorcycle, which is how you ride the motorcycle with your technique. It is the seed of riding. Your speed, safety, and flow is only as good as your technique allows. When your speed is too fast for your technique to handle, you become dangerous and become unsafe. You always need to master the way you ride the motorcycle, because technique is everything in motocross.”

2. Riding Too Much

“People ride too much for their minds, their sponsors, their parents, ect. What they are doing is monotonous training and when riding that way all of the time, you become stale and begin to practice bad habits because there is no interest or want in your riding. I don't let my riders ride as much as the normal amount, because then they are excited and motivated every single time that we come to the track. That's when you get progression. The less that you ride, the less chance you have of getting hurt.”

3. Thinking You Will Be Faster By Improper Motivation

“Riders and coaches think people will go faster by simply saying, ‘Faster, faster!’ But where, when, how, and why do you go faster? That all goes back to technique. You get your riders faster by getting them to ride properly, not by the ignorant idea of ‘Go faster!’ That only makes a rider more dangerous.”

Natural Talent Versus Untapped Potential

“I believe that everyone has a level of talent, but there have been more championships won by the less talented. When someone is naturally talented, it is harder to get them to work. When someone isn't as talented, it is easy to get them to work, but it may be difficult to get them to change their ways and be more efficient. I believe you can teach a less talented person all of the technique to have more of flow and efficiency. And for someone that has a lot of talent, you can always fine-tune and make them better.”

“The biggest thing that I see is the mind. It is what holds all of these people back from riding at their potential. They are attached to what the mind is saying, and your mind is focusing only on what you do not want.”