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.