MotoGP » VIDEO Smith: 'MotoGP is about pushing past your comfort level'

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August 29, 2013 5:27 AM

Well, Yes....

And nearly ever front running club racer on a bad handling sack of sh!t (compared to a MotoGP machine) is pushing past their comfort levels too.

On track days I've gone around corners on street bikes with tired suspension 30km/hr slower and sh!tt!ng myself compared to my "better" setup race bike.

"Comfort level" is "comfort level", speed and/or machine have little to do with it......


August 29, 2013 11:30 PM
Last Edited 821 days ago

@Southernx, NO you are WRONG.

I'm not from the UK and I'm not a Genius.

I have raced GP bikes and track day'd road bikes. To not be pushing past your comfort level means you are either so much better than everyone else it's not funny, or your equipment is that much better than anyone else's.

The bloke going 100mph around a corner with the back end bouncing up and down, not knowing if the back end is going to step out at the bottom of the next compression stroke is just as much (if not more) out of his "comfort level" as the bloke going 20mph faster in a smooth, chatter free, front and rear drift.

Absolute speed and equipment have little to do with whether your pushing past your "comfort level" or not. Maybe Bradley's results in Moto2 were because he wasn't pushing past his comfort levels?


August 30, 2013 12:16 PM

I agree that as a club racer I too was pushing the limits. That's why both fast racers and slow racers crash. They are both pushing their own limits.

As far as this video is concerned perhaps we should bear in mind the context. It was produced for his sponsors, most of whom will not have our knowledge and experience of racing. It makes good exciting headlines to say that he pushing the limit on a motogp bike. Fair play to him for giving his sponsors something to keep them ploughing money into bikes.

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