Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California... for now..
Point 3- use vision properly
1-as you approach the corner, pick a turn in point and concentrate on it. sounds obvious, but hardly anyone does it to start with-we just turn when it feels right. the problem with this is that it is to difficult to alter what you do instinctively. if however, you turn at the small skidmark, hit the apex nicely but cant get on the power early, you know yo need to turn in later next time. so you turn at the blob of paint a bit further on.
2-as you close in on the turn in marker, twist your body to look at the apex, holding the turn inpoint in your peripheral vision. i was sceptical about this too, but this california superbike school technique was a revalation. my turn in stayed accurate, but my apex hitting improved dramatically because i was focused on it early.
3-dont look for the exit of the corner until you are confident you are going to hit the apex. this defies road riding technique. where it is much more important to find and concentrate on the exit.(to avoid being in the front grill of a bus, for example). however on the track you know where the exit is , so you can afford to get the apex nailed before thinking exits.
4-force yourself to be aware of whats around you- the marshall post, pit buildings etc. dont actually look at them, but force your brain to notice them. for me, this had to effects. everything seemed slower because i was no longer riding round in a tunnel, so i could speed up without scaring myself witless. and it made it immediately obvious when i got tunnel vision, giving me a chance to snap out of it or slow down.
so there you are. i thought it was a great read. i sug. you go and pick the magazine up so you can see the pics and what not. it goes into alot greater detail than that as well. i dont have the time to type out a whole article for you guys but that was the general overview.