Learning Racetracks, With Dani Pedrosa And The Honda RC213V-S

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Here’s some eye candy for you: Honda’s MotoGP bike for the street, the RC213V-S, the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria, and Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa ripping laps in their Alpinestars Tech-Air Race suits as they learn a new circuit on the MotoGP calendar. And speaking of Pedrosa, listen in as he narrates a lap of the track from memory.

We all know riders of this caliber have remarkable riding talent, but a less appreciated skill these riders have is their ability to learn new tracks quickly. Beyond just learning the track, they are able to dissect each section, noting elevation changes, camber, road imperfections and more – all from memory – in order to properly setup their motorcycle. It’s an amazing feat, and one Pedrosa accomplishes with ease. So come along for a guided lap of the Red Bull Ring with Dani Pedrosa below.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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