‘It’s given me more courage’
“Even though I love riding them, the power of a 1000cc sportsbike has always intimidated me, and I was hesitant and timid when getting on the gas. In the first session, using traction control on an intrusive setting gave me the confidence to whack the throttle open and also allowed me to experience what it felt like when it kicked in. Then by reducing the level step by step, I got the courage to open the throttle wider and wider. I’d then go looking to trigger the TC on wide, fast exits until I was no longer able to feel it working. In the end I felt much more in tune with the rear tyre and could feel it slipping and squirming as it got more worn. It’s amazing how much shorter the straights became too!
“Weirdly, it actually feels easier and safer riding a 180bhp superbike on track using point-and-squirt V-lines than it does riding my 45bhp 125GP race bike, which is all about going into corners as fast as possible.”
Neeves says “By incrementally working our way down the traction control levels we found a sweet spot on Level 4 which gave Emma the confidence to open the throttle harder and wider without the system holding her back. All of a sudden we were going at a really good pace with a great rhythm.”