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Let’s start with me being sick in China, with several trips to the doctor and hospital for meds and some liquids. Seven days and counting with a nasty stomach virus. My agent from Macau came over to Hong Kong to meet me and deliver my freshly painted helmets from Thailand.…
The Canadian flat track scene has produced some great racers over the years, and that can most likely be attributed to some fantastic bar banging battles that occur every weekend during the summer. Despite the great racing offered here however, there has always been the appeal for our riders to…
With the snow disappearing and temperatures warming across the country, it's almost time for a new season of Canadian Superbike racing to get underway. Last year, I worked with Jodi Christie and the Accelerated Technologies/Honda Canada team and detailed much of what we accomplished in previous blogs and the October…

To the untrained observer, most tracks that hold flat track races may appear to be very similar. This is to say that they are all somewhat oval, and they all have four turns. While the size difference between certain tracks should be obvious to most, other characteristics such as track…
Well, it is happening. I am going to race the Isle of Man TT this year.  I thought I would write a few blogs about the experience as it happens first hand. Here's the first...
With less than two weeks before the first event of the MotoGP season, Dorna is set to introduce a new sub-category in the MotoGP class, dubbed Factory 2. It seems unbelievable that this would be the case when the goal for the class, as stated by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta,…

The recent MotoGP test at Sepang, Malaysia, provided the first real chance to see how the new rules for 2014 have changed the structure of the class and how the performance of the various machines compares. Since 2012, the class has been filled out with bikes under the CRT (Claiming…
We have been approached twice in the last year by 'Phantom Sponsors' and, I’ll be honest, I just don’t get it. For those who are unaware, my family is made up of racing enthusiasts with a son who is lucky enough to live his dream of racing flat track. As…

One of the problems that has always faced flat track racers is tires, or to be more precise, the lack thereof. With flat track tires being such a specialty item, you just can’t go to your local Yamaha or Honda dealer and order a set. In fact you will likely…
In the current issue of the magazine, my article covers the importance of thrust, or actual driving force to the rear wheel, and why it is an important measure. You can find an Excel file to make your own thrust chart (and other helpful downloads) http://www.datamc.org/downloads/">here. Thrust and anti-squat are…

I have talked several times before about dynamic geometry and how rake and trail change as the motorcycle goes around the racetrack. Under braking, weight is transferred to the front end, compressing the front suspension and decreasing rake and trail measurements. Likewise, weight transfer to the rear under acceleration causes…
As I mentioned in a previous blog, recent advances in tires, chassis and electronics have put more emphasis on corner entry and trail braking rather than corner exits, as this is currently the part of the track where riding skill and technique can make the most difference.
In my previous two blog postings, I have covered the importance of corner entry and the actual mechanics of how to trail brake into a turn and improve that particular skill. This week, I will show some data from a GPS-based lap timer that can be used to keep track…

In my last blog I talked about trail braking and why it is such an important skill to learn, but I didn't go into the actual mechanics of the technique, or how to learn and improve at it. To recap, trail braking refers to trailing the brakes as you lean…
As I work with more riders using data acquisition and look at more data, the common theme that always rises to the surface at some point is turn entry and trail braking - holding the brakes on while leaning into the corner.
A video released by MotoGP last week (See bottom of the page) shows Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha YZR-M1 in pit lane leaned over on its side to the same angle it reaches on the track - 64 degrees from vertical. It's an incredible sight when shown in this manner; the bike…

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