Yeah some guys are just naturally talented. I am not one of those types IMO. I've had to work hard to get to where I'm at and there still is plenty left to go! I'm like that with everything though, every sport, game or activity I've done, I've had to work hard at it to get somewhat decent at it, while others are just good right away.
The main reason I invested in my awesome XT Racing GPX Pro lap timer/data logger along with the sensors I got on the ZX6R was so I can put one of my really fast friends on it at our local track and have him do a couple of really fast laps on it. That would allow me to see exactly what the difference is between his fast laps and mine. Where he's getting on the gas and how much? Where he's getting on the brakes and how hard? Difference in lines, etc. Unfortunately it didn't happen this year because I had that wheel problem the day that he could've done it, and then for our last track day he didn't show up so I'll have to wait until next season.
My buddy is a 'natural', where as, like you, I am not. I too, have had to study, work, and put in copious have a riding buddy who is one of only four men that I'd ride any time, any where with. I would (and have) rode in tight formation. He is a bit wee, my dad would have called him 'wirey'. And he is the best rider I have ever shared company with. He was/still is my benchmark. I knew during one specific ride that I could stay with him, and that all of those track days, and all of the racing, and reading books by Kenny Roberts, Sr and Keith Code had finally paid off.
He always rode a SS bike. The largest displacement bike he ever owned was a Ducati 748 - a destroked 916. He would borrow another rider's 10-yr old beater bike and still out ride everyone else. Yes, he is a "natural."
I am not a "natural" and like you, I have had to work and study to find improvement. My greatest aid to obtain notable advancement was/is saddle time. Mind you I am not complaining one iota. My dad used to call me a student of study.
I think most of us who have rode motorcycles for a fair time became 'students of study.'