Rennie Scaysbrook | June 15, 2021
Have you ever wondered how the world’s fastest runners do what they do every other Sunday? This is a question that has occupied the brain of rider trainer Andy Ibbott for as long as he can remember, so about fifteen years ago he released the first version of the MotoGP Performance Riding Techniques series of books.
Fast forward to 2021 and this is the fourth revision of this incredible volume of riding information, where Andy tries to decode the body language of the fastest MotoGP riders in the world so that we mere mortals can better understand how to ride a racing motorcycle on the edge.
Andy’s story is indeed a source of inspiration. After suffering a stroke in 2010 and being offered a five percent chance of survival, Andy is now a dedicated marathon runner despite limited use of the right side of his body.
His curriculum vitae includes quite famous names, including that of trainer of the 2005 125cc world champion and multiple Moto2 race winner Thomas Luthi.
MotoGP Performance Riding Techniques | Tilting
List of prices: Â£ 29.99 ($ ââ32)
Remarkable feature: An incredible depth of information on just about every facet of fast driving.
|Excellent distribution of various racing situations|
|Extremely in-depth analysis, particularly with regard to driving position and braking|
|It will take you a long time to get through it, just because it’s so thorough. But that’s not really a bad thing, is it?|
MotoGP Performance Riding Techniques | Reader analysis
It took me a long time to write it because it was long to read. Be an avid club runner with an eye on a pretty big international race next June, reading MotoGP Performance Riding Techniques couldn’t have happened at a better time.
Breaking down information that seems invisible to the naked eye takes some type of author, and Andy has done a great job of explaining what happens when you try to go fast. Granted, they are the best riders in the world and with total unobtanium equipment, but at the end of the day it’s still human beings who ride motorcycles and the same basic principles apply whether you are MotoGP or CVMA.
One area that constantly interests me is braking, or more specifically, the use of the rear brake to help the chassis turn. As Andy says, âBraking on the right track is not the art of slowing down, as most people think. Braking is another tool to go faster. There are quotes from everyone like Rossi to Crutchlow to Bradley Smith on this subject, and it’s a captivating read.
There are sections in the book that are not related to driving mechanics at all but more to driver software. Particularly intriguing is Chapter 12, titled “Outwitting,” and it begins, predictably enough, with a blatant photo of mind game master Marc Marquez. Getting inside a rider’s head can get them beat before the green light, and Andy gives you some sneaky tips on how to get the mental leap over your opponent, which you will probably never see in another rider coaching manual!
MotoGP Performance Riding Techniques is an entertaining read for anyone who wants to know how to do it best on the weekends. It’s a visually appealing book, with plenty of diagrams and breakdowns of various driving situations, all illustrated with brilliant photographs.
If you have a track day or a club racer nut in your family, you’ve just found their next birthday present. CN
For more information visit www.performanceridingtechniques.co.uk