Rip around the bumps and undulations around Scotland's answer to Laguna Seca, Niall Mackenzie shows you how to get Knockhill right
Knockhill may be just over one mile long but it’s variety of corners and elevation changes make every lap an adventure. Over the last two decades Scottish riders have been a major force in the UK, Isle of Man TT and overseas – I firmly believe this would never have happened had they not had Scotland’s only full time motorsport facility to hone their skills when they first started out.
Racing at Laguna Seca in California and Sugo in Japan reminded me a lot of Knockhill but its mixture of quirky downhill twists and heavy braking from high speeds prepared me for many of the challenges over my 20 years of International racing. Being built on a Fife hillside means it tends to rain occasionally but in its defence the majority of BSB meeting held there have been in glorious conditions with the 2009 event being an absolute scorcher.
When it does rain the grip is on a par with the best in the UK and the new drainage can cope with the biggest deluge the Scottish weather gods can muster. I don’t know any racer that doesn’t like Knockhill as mastering this physically demanding circuit always delivers immense satisfaction.
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