Find­ing your way

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

The road­book each rider is given is de­tailed, but the info is small and printed in black and white, so read­ing it while trav­el­ling at 60mph is some­thing of a chal­lenge. Max Hunt is a rel­a­tive novice when it comes to rally rid­ing, so he talked us through how he got to grips with it.

“I started in the desert with the Libya rally. It’s a skill (road­book­keep­ing) in it­self be­ing able to do it. You can look 200m ahead and it’s clear, but when I started ev­ery time I looked at the road­book I’d hit some­thing.

“That’s why the high­lighters work so well. I mark speed sec­tions in red, as that’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause you get penal­ties. I also mark dan­gers in red. One ex­cla­ma­tion mark you don’t high­light as there’s no need to slow down, but if you go flat out on a dou­ble dan­ger it will prob­a­bly end in a crash and triples you have to go slow – they’re re­ally dan­ger­ous Blue marks the route and the di­rec­tion we’re go­ing. Or­ange denotes things to look out for on the route. Some peo­ple do green for left and red for right, but you end up with all these colours ev­ery­where. The trick is to make it as sim­ple as pos­si­ble.”

Lyn­don Poskitt closely scru­ti­nises his road­book dur­ing the Dakar Rally

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