Learn the flow of Donington Park from a man who has a podium there at GP level, Niall Mackenzie
Back one gear to third for this one and as wide as you dare before turning into the right hand Old Hairpin. Having this wide approach means your exit point will be further up the track so you will be more upright and can accelerate harder.
After kissing the white paint near where the kerb ends you should short shift to fourth gear and get into the middle of the track to line yourself up for the first left apex of Schwantz curve. Gradually winding the throttle open is best here as I’ve seen riders high siding into another county as they lean over at high speed.
The best line once again involves making one continuous arc out to the right hand edge and then back to the second left apex. Once past this point you should click back to third gear and remain in the middle of the track as you scrub off speed into the right hander of McLeans. You can brake hard here if necessary but wait until you are vertical during the left to right flick for maximum safety.
I hold a fairly conventional line through McLeans however my tyres are right on the edge of the paint and my knee well over the kerb to maximise the circuit width. Mid-corner I’m quickly back to the throttle and simultaneously lifting the bike upright for a fast and safe run up to Coppice.
Posted: 07/07/2011 at 10:40
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