Re: First Knee Down At Thunderhill
Years ago, when Loris Capirossi was riding for Wayne Rainey's team, Rainey suggested to Capirossi that he needed to adjust his line in a certain turn by something like 5 centimeters. Capirossi responded incredulously, "5 centimeters?! How can I do that?" To which Rainey replied, "That's why you're not as fast as you could be." (It's very possible I've mis-remembered portions of it, but that I think was the gist of the story.)
These GP riders are simply ASTONISHING, aren't they? To be so fast and so smooth, all while in the middle of a bunch of equally fast guys trying to pass on the inside, the outside, on the brakes, from the turns-- and also to be thinking about strategy, about the state of the tires, in addition to the extraordinary concentration required to be feel and respond to the bike through 45+ minutes. It is breathtaking sometimes to watch them.