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. .
Crashing is probably not the best way to finish off the season - but I did. I crashed because of utter stupidity, and in a way, I'm weirdly glad it happened that way. Nobody else was involved (either as a victim or a causer) and I didn't crash in a confidence knocking way (like losing the front or high-siding).
My 'how to get your knee down' articles are doing really well, so I'm going to change the style of these blog like progress updates. Starting with this one, I'll be writing more about what I'm working on, and more interestingly, the thought process/reasoning involved in choosing an area of improvement.
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.