One of the most breathtakingly aspects of Marc Marquez's spectacular MotoGP riding style is his ability to commit to corner entry, despite his back wheel still being in the air following hard braking.
While raising the rear wheel in a straight line is nothing new, Marquez is the only rider who appears able to regularly lean into a corner before the back wheel has regained contact.
So what is the secret?
“The problem is you can control the 'stoppie' [rear wheel rising into the air], but then when the rear wheel comes back down normally the movement of the bike is so aggressive,” said Repsol Honda's reigning world champion, undefeated in the three races this season.
“So you need to adapt the riding style and the set-up of the bike to be a little bit smoother on that point [when the rear wheel regains contact]. Of course you also need to have good confidence in the front tyre and with the front part of the bike.”
Indeed, a key factor is the immense entry grip available from the Bridgestone front tyres.
“In Moto2 it was impossible to do. But already when I tried the MotoGP bike for the first time I felt that with this front tyre you can push a lot.
“For example with Dunlop [n Moto2] it was the opposite - you cannot push with the brakes you have to keep speed in the middle of the corner.
“With Bridgestone you need to push on the entry to the corner and in the middle of the corner it is more difficult to keep the speed.”
21-year-old Marquez will start his 100th grand prix at Jerez this weekend, a circuit he is yet to win on in any grand prix class.