|PERFORMANCE RIDING TECHNIQUES
July 24 2009.
MotoGP riders are at the very top of their game. They're the racers who really do push the limits of what can be achieved when braking, cornering and accelerating a motorcycle at high speed. In terms of riding techniques, they're in a league of their own.
"When you ride you should try and forget everything else. It's not always easy to stay focused on the bike, sometimes you feel that one part of the brain rides the bike, thinks about the tyre, sees the road, but maybe the other part is thinking about a girl, a friend, a song." Valentino Rossi
Written by a professional riding coach, this book - updated and expanded for this second edition - reveals the techniques that the stars have discovered and applied to their own competitive riding. This information is distilled to provide practical instruction of benefit to anyone who rides a bike on a track.
"Andy Ibbott has more experience training riders than anyone else in Europe by a factor of thousands... His words contain some solid understanding of what it takes to make the bike cooperate with a rider. Keith Code - Author of A Twist of the Wrist
If you want to learn how top racers can brake so late, how they can slide the rear wheel of their bikes so gracefully and effectively, how they can lean their bikes over so far and still stay on board, then this book will help you. It will enlighten you and enable you to achieve significant improvements in your own riding.
"You've seen Rossi, there's nothing to him! Now I have come to MotoGP I have realised it's not all about having the muscle. It's more about endurance than strength." James Toseland.
This is a book of riding knowledge from the greatest motorcycle racers in the world, riding the best bikes in the world on the greatest race tracks in the world. Much of the guidance is a case of fine detail because in their world even the tiniest piece of information or subtlety of application can make a big difference to their lap times.
"Normally in the race you ride the bike at 95 per cent. In qualifying you ride the bike at 110 per cent. You use everything, all the whole track and you use the bike really over the limit. You lose the front, you lose the back. Always you are over the limits." Loris Capirossi.
If we cannot learn from these riding gods, then who can educate us? Take a look to see what you can learn about your own riding and how you can improve it.
The author Andy Ibbott is an experienced journalist and former road test editor of Motor Cycle News. He was the first British coach employed in the UK by Keith Code's California Superbike School, which has expanded all over the world and now trains more road riders and racers than any other school. He coached Tom Lüthi, who became 125cc World Champion in 2005.
Performance Riding Techniques (2nd Edition)
The MotoGP manual of track riding skills
RRP: £19.99, Format: Hardback, ISBN: 978 1 84425 697 6
Publication Date: July 2009