Guides, advice, hints & tips on riding as I document my journey from a novice track day goer to motorbike racer (hopefully). Progress with me!
There's a consistent difference between slower and faster riders: turning on a closed throttle. Watch any racer, fast guy or even a decent intermediate rider. They all do it - and so should you. .
Surprisingly, a lot of people don't actually think about how they steer - or even consider it as an area to improve. Going faster isn't just about accelerating quicker and braking harder - if anything that's the easy part. Corners are the tricky bit.
Before we can move onto the fun topics (like lines, apexes and markers), we need to take a step back and talk about the application of the throttle and brakes - and what their constraints tell us about how we should be riding, and hint at areas to improve.
Feeling rushed into corners, panicking under brakes, nervous/twitchy tip-in, unstable/vague bike feel - hell, even inconsistent lines can be attributed to simply how and when you move on the bike.
Aside from being there to apply the throttle/brakes and turn the bars, you must also change your body position in order to help the bike - not doing so is akin to not helping in a three legged race.