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QI was told at my last track­day that I was a bit ‘turn and gas’ but I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand what he meant. Er, help?

AHere are three sce­nar­ios where the same term is used: 1) You en­ter a turn but in­stead of hav­ing a com­pletely closed throt­tle while you start lean­ing the bike over, you have a lit­tle bit of throt­tle still open. 2) You en­ter a turn with the gas fully shut but as you start lean­ing you get straight back to gas. 3) You start lean­ing with a closed throt­tle, but be­fore you have fin­ished get­ting to the lean an­gle you want, you start open­ing the gas. Ei­ther way, it means your bike will want to run wide. The rule is, start the turn with a com­pletely shut throt­tle, lean the bike to the lean an­gle you need, so that the bike is on the line that you want, then crack the gas to sta­bilise it and roll it on to main­tain that sta­bil­ity. Like any rules, there are some ex­cep­tions: so do have a look at the next ques­tion be­low!

QI know you’re sup­posed to shut the throt­tle as you change di­rec­tion on a bike, but I heard that the quick guys go down Craner curves at Don­ing­ton full gas all the way so that doesn’t fit the ‘rules’ does it?

AYou are right about Craner. Shut­ting the gas fully here (a fast, down­hill change of di­rec­tion) will likely re­sult in over­load­ing the front tyre enough for it to lose trac­tion with the sort of con­se­quences I don’t need to go into. A bike on the throt­tle, es­pe­cially at speed (I’m think­ing also of the kink at Pem­brey and most of the moun­tain sec­tion of the TT) only wants to go straight on. In these turns you are go­ing to have to put an aw­ful lot more ef­fort into the bars to make it steer. Make sure you are fully locked on to the bike with your leg/legs, us­ing your core to sta­bilise your­self and when you push on the bar in the di­rec­tion you want to go, try pulling on the other bar with your other hand for max­i­mum steer­ing power.

Andy Reid through Craner, deffo on the gas! Get off the gasser be­fore turn­ing... All the CSS coaches have spent years hon­ing their rid­ing, and are per­fectly placed to an­swer your rid­ing ques­tions. So don’t be shy, ask Andy ‘Spidey’ Peck!

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