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MEET KEN HILL
WITH OVER 140 MOTOAMERICA PODIUMS, KEN UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT TAKES TO COMPETE AT THE TOP OF THE SPORT.
TrackTime is thrilled to partner with Ken Hill, the nations top professional motorcycle coach.
Alarmed and frustrated by the extent of misinformation and inexpert advice in the racing and recreational riding communities, Ken dedicated himself to establishing a culture of professional coaching on par with what’s long been standard in any other high-performance sport. While other sports follow highly standardized training fundamentals (e.g., football, baseball, martial arts, etc.), motorcycle riding has traditionally been regarded as an art, where riders’ subjective technical preferences have superseded any notion of objective technique or expertise. As a result, many riders assume there is no clear-cut pathway to technical improvement. Instead, they believe that natural talent is the secret to (and, thus, limiter of) skilled riding; a myth that discourages training and, too often, leads riders to abandon the sport.
The motorcycle industry’s lack of consensus around training fundamentals has stalled progress in the sport, for instructors as well as riders. Drawing on his many years of riding and coaching experience, Ken’s unique approach was to analyze what the best riders in the world do, decode it, and then develop a way to teach it in a manner accessible to riders at all levels. Ken not only identified the fundamentals of motorcycle riding, but developed an unambiguous (and unprecedented) pathway for learning those fundamentals and improving technique. Ken’s intent is to standardize both the language used to describe, and the method for teaching, motorcycle riding techniques to both riders and instructors, whether street or track. He also embraces training both on and off the bike; developing a theoretical understanding is necessary to and facilitates the development of physical skills. Stay tuned for more on Ken’s Moto Pilot Certification Program!
The success of Ken’s methodology is clear when you look at the success of the MotoAmerica riders he has coached, including two-time MotoAmerica champion JD Beach and the Rickdiculous Racing team to amass over a total of over 140 MotoAmerica podiums. Ken has also helped countless non-racers, club racers, and other non-professional riders over the years. As Ken puts it: “I don’t train ‘racers’ or ‘street riders’ - I simply teach people how to be better motorcycle riders.”
Ken’s Bio & Background
Ken is a former motorcycle road racer turned coach. He bought his first motorcycle at age 30 and started road racing within the year. Despite starting late in life, he went on to set track records and win class championships in California before making his professional debut, finishing in the top ten nationally at the age of 41. Ken retired from racing in 2007 and has devoted himself to coaching full-time ever since.
As a coach, Ken has not only been invited to teach, direct, and/or liase with established schools and track day providers, but developed new training programs. He started coaching at the Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School from 2003-2008, first as a guest and then as lead instructor. He then served as lead instructor for its successor, the Yamaha Champions Riding School, until 2015. He also owns a private coaching company, has led and developed the curriculum for the Rick Development Camp for aspiring championship racers, acted as head coach, riding program director, and crew chief for the Rickdiculous racing team, runs an off-road school, and directs riding programs and puts on training seminars for track organizations throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. Showing the application of his methodology to all riders, Ken has even instructed at the Harley Davidson University.
Outside of coaching, Ken is a contributing writer for RoadRacing World andCycle World magazines, led press introductions for Buell, Harley Davidson, Triumph, and Pirelli Tires, created a successful podcast series, served as a test rider, and been a guest speaker at Yale University, Nike, and Google.