More power to the passers


One of the things I ab­so­lutely love about Bradley Ray is that he can pass peo­ple. He’s got proper fire in his belly. You get some rid­ers who strug­gle to do that – James El­li­son is blis­ter­ingly fast out in front but some­times gets stuck be­hind peo­ple and Tom Sykes suf­fers in the same way. Just com­pare him with Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davis with the new WSB race two rules (where the faster rid­ers start fur­ther back on the grid). Those two carve through the field and Tom strug­gles. I think some rid­ers have a nat­u­ral flair for making brave passes – they don’t need every­thing to line up ex­actly to have a go. I never used to use brak­ing mark­ers, I just used to brake when I thought I should, which meant I could al­most al­ways out-brake peo­ple be­cause I wasn’t reg­i­mented and could push it in the heat of the mo­ment. I re­ally like see­ing that in rid­ers, the ones who aren’t afraid to make a move, even if they end up run­ning wide. And I get frus­trated with the ones who come in af­ter fol­low­ing some­one for the whole race and say they couldn’t get past. Or maybe I’m just a grumpy old man!

Mir­ror, sig­nal, ma­noeu­vre

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