Riding a motorcycle quickly isn’t easy, which makes it all the more inspiring to watch those who have mastered the art. It’s always fun watching and analyzing quicker riders, but personally, I’ve long been interested in what the best riders in the world do with their feet. Other than the Rossi leg dangle, not much attention gets paid to a MotoGP rider’s lower half – we’re all too busy watching everyone get their elbow down – but there are three very important points on the lower body we should be paying attention to: the butt, and both feet.

In this video shared by the Pramac Ducati MotoGP team, we see team riders Danilo Petrucci (top and bottom right) and Scott Redding (bottom left) lap the Jerez circuit. More importantly, we’re seeing in the top view how Petrucci shifts his body weight before entering a corner. Meanwhile the two bottom views show how quickly Petrucci gets his downshifts out of the way (reverse shift pattern, remember), and how and when Redding applies the rear brake.

The entire body is busy during a MotoGP race, especially one at a short track like Jerez where there’s not much time to rest, and this video serves as a great learning tool to show that it’s not just the arms and upper body doing the grunt work when riding a motorcycle around a racetrack.

  • john phyyt

    I notice Jonathon Rea got his Kawasaki super bike around Jerez faster than Valentino’s pole pace . for the 2016 moto GP. Have the moto-GP bikes been so neutered that they are no longer the fastest. Does Bruce Allen read these blogs, during his winter break. I guess he is knee deep in Eggnog or Honda sponsored snaps. But I wonder if Rea can be an Alien without having a ride in the “Premier class”?

    • Gruf Rude

      As TV coverage of World SuperBike and AMApro/Whatever-the new-series-is-called disappeared on my local provider, I’ve spent all my $$$ on MotoGP.com and lost touch with the other series. That said, I suspect weather played a role in the different times.

      • Chocodog

        Try BeIn Sports, they do a good job with top level racing

    • TroySiahaan

      From what I understand, there were a lot of variables at play here, including the different conditions between VR46’s pole lap and Rea’s lap. The Michelin tires are very finicky when it comes to temperatures, and Michelin was still getting reacclimatized to the demands of MotoGP. Meanwhile, Pirelli have a lot of experience with the SBK bikes, tracks and how they react to weather conditions. Rea also set his fast lap on a special qualifying tire. Still, Rea’s lap of 1:38.721 is very impressive, but still short on Lorenzo’s outright Jerez lap record of 1:37.921, set in 2015.

    • Old MOron

      Rea an alien? He’ll be lucky if Brucey puts him in the same exhalted tranche as Crutchlow 🙂