Get your knee down
MCN tester and racer with years of slider scraping experience
“Getting your knee down is a by-product of having the correct body position in the middle of a corner. Hunch over the front of the bike (to maximise grip), hang off to the side (to keep it more upright and away from the edge of the tyre) and as your speed and lean angle increases, you’ll feel the scrape of kneeslider kissing tarmac. Always get into position way before the corner. At most tracks you’re either hanging off left or right and don’t ever need to sit in the middle of the bike, unless there’s an exceptionally long straight to tuck in for. Your mid-corner body
position should be: toe on inside peg, flat-footed on the outside. Inside bum cheek off the seat.
“Keep your inside arm soft and point your elbow towards the floor.
“Outside arm should be straight, pushing the
bike away from you.
“Lean forward and move head towards your inside hand, to the outside of the screen.
“The more you move your head and shoulders in towards the corner, the easier it is to get your knee down. If you’re reaching for the corner with your knee and riding ‘ twisted’ it will never happen. There you go – you’ve achieved knee-down.”