Standing Through Rough Corners

The GPs in Europe are different.  Plain and simple.  Everything from the tracks to the way the races are set up is unique to Americans.  This difference has also changed the riding style of many Euros.  The hard charging and flashy style, like Justin Barcia, is quite the opposite of the smooth, calculated style of the GP racers.  Now I am not saying the tracks don’t get rough here in the States, but the tracks across the pond can get notoriously brutal.

To ride in these conditions, riders have styles that make it easier to conserve energy and speed.  When the braking bumps get big, you know the turn is going to be chopped up.  So, instead of sitting down and having your spine take all of the force, why not stand up and let your legs do the work?  While I was in between classes today, I was just browsing YouTube and came across this little video of Stefan Everts training back when he was on Yamaha.

Most of the corners are pretty chewed up and if you listen to the bike, he is always carrying his momentum into the corners and chugging through the turn.  He never really dumps the clutch and cracks the throttle.  If you watch his helmet, he is looking well ahead of his fender and concentrating on the exit of the corner.  He is gripping with his knees so the bike is controlled under him and he stays loose on the bike.

He is never really stiff in the upper body and adjusts his body weight the bike accordingly.  He is neutral on the entrance of the corner with his head even with the bars, in attack position.  The key things to remember when standing through corners is that you to keep the elbows squared up, come in with momentum and chug.  If are in too low of a gear, your bike is going to bounce around and your rear wheel won’t be on the ground driving you forward.  Squeeze with the knees and weight the outside foot peg and you will be railing turns standing up like Everts in no time.

Some corners to watch are at 56 seconds and 1:35.  Watch closely.

Posted on Dec 02 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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