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Ever wondered what it looks like for a pit crew after their rider bins the bike? Well wonder no more. Here is the frenetic action of a professional race team fixing Tommy Aquino’s R6.

Source: The great guys at Sportbike Wrench

I have pondered long and hard how racers ride such quick laps. Finally Ben Spies is here to explain this in intricate detail. This will make you a better rider for sure!

I am building this list of top ten instructional sportbike racing books with the acknowledgement that some people are going to have different opinions. Thus, I am going to create a nomination list from comments after this is published.

My criteria for a great instructional guide is fairly simple. The author must have credible racing experience and the instruction must be clearly explained in a way that makes application easier to visualize and execute.valentino-rossi-autobiography

Of course, it is very tempting to put such greats as What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography of Valentin Rossi and Ragged Edge: A Raw and Intimate Portrait of Road Racing. But I shall refrain.

1. Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track

2. The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles: The Technical Procedures and Workbook for Roadracing Motorcycles

3. Performance Riding Techniques Second Edition: The MotoGP Manual of Track Riding Skills (Moto Gp)

4. Motorcycle Track Day Handbook

5. Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Vol 1)

6. A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding

7. Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques

8. Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way

9. Art and Science of Motorcycle Road Racing

One thing to keep in mind is there are a lot of great riders that use different techniques. There is no one perfect way. You have to do what is comfortable for you.

And now a moment of truth. As an avid street rider as well I consider my racing skill to transition to the street to help keep me alive. How many of you have read these books?

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These are some really interesting and informative interviews. Ben talks about his methods of training and preperation as well as how he learns a track.

For those of you who are reading this off the RSS feed (i.e. you aren’t at you will need to follow this link to watch the videos.

For those that don’t know Ben Spies is racing in the World Superbike Championship for the first time and has done himself proud.

Part One

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