Pascal Eckhardt’s driving tips for the racetrack part 4

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Pascal Eckhardt’s driving tips for the racetrack part 4

Pascal Eckhardt’s driving tips for the racetrack
Part 4 – The right equipment

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Ex-IDM professional Pascal Eckhardt explains how everyone can improve as a sporty motorcyclist. Part 4 is about the right equipment.

Pascal Eckhardt

03/13/2013

Before I finally get out on the track to be able to give our active driving technique tips, there is one more topic that is very close to my heart. More precisely, it is about a kind of illness, the “must-have-I-have-disease”.

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Don’t look fast, be fast

When I stroll through the paddock at the hobby events, I often think I’m in the Superbike World Championship. There is material coming up that Marco Melandri could be jealous. Like the other day on my last job as an instructor. When I saw the motorcycles in the pits the night before, I thought to myself: “Man, these are really fast guys. Hopefully I can keep up with them at all. ”The next day on the track the disillusionment. The guys just looked fast on their bikes, but they just weren’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a tech nerd too. For me, there is nothing more ingenious than a racing motorcycle that has been thought through down to the last detail and built with love. In some cases and above a certain level, you also need the quality and reliability of expensive products. There are things that really make a meaningful improvement. But my opinion: too often money is spent wrongly. Here are a few clear examples.

Driver equipment

Again and again I see drivers who, for example, screw extremely expensive carbon panels onto their motorcycle and then drive around with a cheap helmet and an unsuitable station wagon. The idea is clear: the light motorcycle makes you faster, the station wagon doesn’t. Wrong – it’s the other way around! If I wear a leather suit that fits me like a second skin, then I can sit properly on the motorcycle and drive faster with different postures. This also increases my concentration because I am not distracted by a constricting collar or a tarnished visor bothers me.

And one more thing: Yes, I also have my name and start number in the “bling-bling” look on my station wagon. You hardly see anyone anymore without such flashy stuff. But seriously: How uncool it is when you look like a works driver, but only manage the lap in Hockenheim with great difficulty in two minutes. My tip: It is better to invest in a neatly fitted suit than in glittering patches – that really helps!

Chassis and geometry

How often did I fall for some pseudo-chassis technician in the early years who pushed around on my motorcycle and adjusted something. For that I had to dig deep into my wallet.
In my opinion, chassis components and geometry are actually the two most important points on a motorcycle in order to be able to drive quickly and safely. So it is all the more important that they are set correctly. We don’t need to discuss: an Ohlins FG fork or a TTX shock absorber are among the best that money can buy and offer a lot of leeway. But: if they are not set correctly, they are of no use to you – and you can get bogged down with the professional setting range.

But there are a few cracks who measure the geometry of the motorcycle, adjust the series chassis components accordingly and adjust them based on empirical values. I know from my own experience that a neatly revised and coordinated original fork with matching fork springs without any accessory kits was good for race wins in the IDM without any problems! So here too my advice: Don’t let yourself be driven crazy. It doesn’t always have to be the most expensive accessories. An overhaul of the chassis by a specialist doesn’t cost that much, you can concentrate fully on driving again and have a few more Kreutzers left for a few more racing training sessions – that really brings something!

Super sports tires instead of slicks

I often hear from amateur pilots: “I really need slicks.” Why? A super sports tire that works in a wide temperature range and has a tolerable service life is usually the better choice. Be certain: that’s enough to drive fast and concentrate on driving again. Of course, under certain conditions, a slick offers more grip and therefore more safety reserves. Just think about what has to fit together. A slick only works perfectly if the mixture matches the road surface, and it has a very narrow temperature window.

Now imagine a training session in spring. Even in Spain, temperatures often go to zero at night, then the sun comes out and heats up the asphalt. A mixture works in the morning, but not in the afternoon and vice versa. In order to avoid all the stress and the immense costs (slicks are damn expensive), I gladly accept a little less overall grip, grab the now sensationally good super sport tires and concentrate on the essentials: my line, my braking points, etc. – that brings me really what!

Convert modesty into speed

Three points that are important to me. In English it is called: K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple stupid. We like to say: modesty is an ornament. If you think about it, you can save a lot of money and convert that modesty into speed, because the money can be invested in race training and time on the track. There are undoubtedly great accessories, some of them make a lot of sense, the market is full of ingenious gimmicks and such “must-have things”. But the next time you browse the internet, just ask yourself: “Does that look good or does it bring anything?”

Finally, the crucial question. What’s cooler: appearing in the complete factory look, but not tearing anything on the track or driving into an old van, appearing discreetly, but everyone is burning for it that it just smokes? Even! Would you like an example? Guy Martin in the film “Hart at the Limit”.

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