Steve Rutter Posted June 24, 2011 Report Share Posted June 24, 2011 I had level 2 of the school yesterday. Slightly different and arguably worse circuit on offer than the one used over Easter at the Stowe circuit, the chicane at the end of the Start/Finish straight and following hairpin had been coned off in favour of a larger hairpin turn (with a pothole halfway round very close to the ideal line) and then another 90 degree right-left followed by a long left-hander leading into a quick right before the finish straight. First session out was a bit odd as I didn't really gel with the different layout, plus the bike was not filling me with confidence and the rear stepped out on me going over one of the kerbs, so very different to the first day where it all seemed to click into place the first time out. A change of tyre pressures started to bring back the former confidence and the drills, whilst not the same revelation as the level 1 drills, still brought about improvements when I put my effort into really applying them, I've read the books a lot and tend to work on my vision more than anything as it's something a bit easier to practice on my way into work than sorting out my body position whilst I'm cranked over with a knee on the deck. By the end of the afternoon I was starting to push a bit harder and run ragged, whilst I was still making the corners relatively easily, I was running really wide and having to make my way quickly across the width of the track too much in order to get anywhere near making my next turn point. I'd reigned myself in a couple of times, but kept finding myself falling back into it. So the biggest lesson of the day for me came when my coach (Spidey) pulled me in with 2 minutes to go of the last session and said "I don't know what you're doing out there, but you're all over the place now, you've got 2 minutes to show me you can hit all of your points". Sure enough, just dropping my entry speed by a few MPH, my lines were 10 times better and it all felt much easier and more relaxed. Whilst it felt a lot slower, it was no doubt just as fast and certainly would be if I had a long straight to run out onto. It feels odd, and when I've heard it mentioned before, I was a bit dubious, but I really am a believer now, slower really is faster. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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