I’m not sure that my students really appreciate just how much improvement I see them make at some of our coaching sessions. An example this month was the sandy turns found in the lower reaches of the Wanganui club track where at least half a dozen riders almost doubled their corner speed.
The tips are mostly the same for every corner. A wide entry to spread the corner out. Pushing hard on the outside footpeg to help the wheels work together. Keeping in touch with the front brake in the first half of the corner and then using a gentle first turn of the throttle.
Movement and Strength
Getting that knee high means they lean more and can squeeze the radiator shrouds with both legs. Keeping their leg bent leaves the upper body free to keep the front-to-rear balance that they especially need in the soft corners that are just waiting to take another front wheel in their clutches. Getting it back on the peg early makes a massive difference exit speed, along with avoiding a classic slide that looks great but blows a berm out and ultimately slows everyone down.
At the end of the day it is the rider who deserves all the accolades for listening to the coach and putting it in to action. The results will speak for themselves.