some advice re: downshifting in corner entry

Chris Burgess chris at
Thu May 12 11:44:30 PDT 2011

Jo this video is for you.

It is of me at Spokane Raceway in 2007 with the camera pointing at the
throttle and brake.  It'll show you how I do this.  The first lap was
reallly easy so watch the second one.


On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Randy Grein <randygrein at>wrote:

> Index and middle finger on the brake, hand rolled forward enough to do a
> good sized blip.
> Randy Grein
> On May 12, 2011, at 10:07 AM, Jo Rhett wrote:
>  On May 10, 2011, at 12:50 PM, Randy Grein wrote:
>>>>> As you have time while braking bang the correct number of downshifts
>>>>> with the clutch still in, then blip the throttle to get the engine near
>>>>> redline and EASE out the clutch.
>>>> Wow, okay, this is something I've never even thought of.  I always roll
>>>> lightly on the throttle, just barely enough to get the engine working in the
>>>> new gear.  I've never spun it up with a hard pull on the throttle towards
>>>> redline.  Wow.
>>>> How do you do this while doing hard braking?  I'm having enough trouble
>>>> lightly moving the throttle while braking.
>> On May 12, 2011, at 8:20 AM, Randy Grein wrote:
>>> This statement brings the problem into focus. New superbike motor, lots
>>> more compression and you're dialed into the supersport motor. I guess the
>>> answer is that during really hard braking I don't always do all of that
>>> (especially the list you had in an earlier post), so technique depends on
>>> the situation. Under really hard braking I'll hold off on downshifts until
>>> later in the brake chute, pulling in the clutch if necessary to keep wheel
>>> hop down. But keep in mind I'm not talking about a 'hard pull on the
>>> throttle', just a bigger blip. You HAVE to match engine speed to wheel speed
>>> on the downshift pretty close and that's easier to do around 6 grand than 10
>>> grand.
>> Hm... not really.  Just to be clear, this superbike motor is 2 years old
>> now although I missed most of last year due to surgery.  But it ain't shiny
>> nor new, and I'm quite used to it.   If I ride it my old way it works just
>> fine for me -- I'm just aware that I'm doing way too much on corner entry.
>> How do you position your hand to hold on the brake and blip at the same
>> time?  Right now I'm rolling off and on the brake...
>> --
>> Jo Rhett /  velociRaptor Racing
>> #553 WERA / AFM

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