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Slow in fast out

Don­ing­ton (and es­pe­cially the fast half of the lap) is in­cred­i­bly tech­ni­cal, which means that you don’t want to be rush­ing in as it sac­ri­fices too much. Es­pe­cially at some­where like Old Hair­pin (at the bot­tom of Cran­ers), go in as slow as pos­si­ble for the best exit up the hill – it will give you loads of time.

Use the en­tire track (and more!)

It might sound silly and a bit ob­vi­ous, but you can gain some se­ri­ous time by re­ally ex­ag­ger­at­ing your lines; es­pe­cially on the lit­tle bikes. You want to be car­ry­ing as much speed as pos­si­ble, so even use the curbs at places like the Esses.

Don’t be afraid to twist the wrist

I get a lot of peo­ple wor­ry­ing about the grip and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties round here – but you don’t have to worry. A cor­ner is just an­other ob­sta­cle in the way of be­ing flat! Es­pe­cially coming on to Starkey’s straight. Bikes nowa­days have so much me­chan­i­cal grip and those Dun­lops work a treat, so use them.

The Melbourne loop and God­dard’s…

They need a bloody sec­tion to them­selves! You won’t be mak­ing a lot of time here but it’s dead easy to lose it. I run first gear on the Blades through them and it’s vi­tal to square both cor­ners off; fo­cus on the exit and the en­try will come nat­u­rally.


Don­ing­ton is crim­i­nal for arm-pump and gen­eral tired­ness – it’s bloody hard work! Make sure you’re as re­laxed as pos­si­ble and not tense, and that’s when the rhythm will come.

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