Turn a speedway bike
‘You start by leaning off the bike to tip it sideways, and turning the bars to the left. You’ve got y our left foot down on the steel shoe and because there’s some weight off the bike it’s freer underneath you. Then you roll off the throttle and nail it again to get the wheelspin that makes the bike turn.
“When you nail it, because you’ve already got your bars turned left, the back end will drift around. When the bike turns I sit at the front of the seat and put all the pressure through my right leg. That’s when I turn the handlebars the other way to steer into the slide. It’s probably about a second for all that to happen and it’s second nature to me because I’ve been doing it since I was 12.
“Once you’re into the corner your throttle hand is on your right hip and you’re fully sideways. If you have a strong engine, you probably have to roll off the throttle in the middle of the turn and then coming off it. But we set my bikes up so that in the middle of the corner the engine bogs to stop the wheelspin and get me set up for the straight.
“When you want it to go straight you stand on the right footpeg, push on the right handlebar and then sit back a little bit to get the weight on the back wheel. Then you’re off down the straight and then before you know it the next corner’s there.”
Scunthorpe-born speedway ace, crowned world individual champion for the second time in 2015