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Ex-IDM professional Pascal Eckhardt explains to PS readers how everyone can improve as a sporty motorcyclist. You can learn a lot here, from mental preparation to reading the route, the right equipment and braking into corners.

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Pascal Eckhardt

December 23, 2012

The desire for new things and the will to get better set free energy. When it comes to your favorite hobby, the motivation is completely different anyway – right from the start. I know what I’m talking about: It doesn’t matter whether it was my first ride with my Yamaha PW 50 at the age of five or the long-awaited test with my first IDM Supersport bike: the excitement of learning something new and making progress , made me get better and better. That was just a lot of fun.

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And that’s what we’re all about when riding a motorcycle – whether it’s the evening lap, the pleasure tour or heating up on the racetrack. But I had to learn painfully that in your development as a motorcyclist you can not only have fun, but unfortunately also make mistakes. When it came to racing, that often affected my wallet. But, joking aside, I also had to realize in terms of driving that no master had fallen from the sky yet.

In order to spare others these mistakes or at least to offer solutions to problems on and off the racetrack, we have decided to pass on my experiences as a racing driver and instructor in a series of practical tips to the PS readers. I hope you are there!

Motorcycling is an extremely complex thing that starts in your head and doesn’t end with the feeling of tiptoe. That is why we will work our way step by step over the next few issues, from preparation to correct posture to setting braking points or overtaking on the last groove. But do not worry: We will neither encourage yoga in the garage before the gymnastics over the home route nor preach the ascetic lifestyle of a MotoGP world champion. As mentioned at the beginning, fun should come first. And everyone will have it when the learning curve is up.

One thing is very important: What you already have, you may have to be ready to question. Just because you’ve always done something that way doesn’t mean it’s right. Often a habit can even get in the way of the next step you want to take. So let’s go ahead and get even better and have a lot of fun at the same time.

The next issue will start with the question, “Why am I doing this?” Only when I know that can I set myself the right goals and achieve them. I’m looking forward to the task and the next few months with you – now I have the same feeling as before my first Supersport test: I’m excited! You too?

Pascal Eckhardt’s career

Pascal Eckhardt has been riding a motorcycle since childhood, but came to racing late. In 2003 he entered the Yamaha R6 Cup, was vice-champion the following year and finally won the cup in 2006. After that, Allgau Supersport drove in the IDM, celebrated several race wins and made it onto the podium countless times. In 2009, “Ecke” finished third in the IDM championship. At the 24 hours of Oschersleben, he also achieved a podium position in the PS team. In 2011 he hung up his professional helmet together with SKM teammate Christian Kellner. Until an accident in the summer, Pascal was also a keen motocrosser. As an instructor, the 36-year-old will be back at the PS-V.I.P.-trainings in the 2013 season.

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