Learn the fast and undulating Thruxton circuit with Niall Mackenzie
It won't surprise to me if you've never ridden Thruxton, as trackdays are few and far between these days due to harsh noise restrictions. Race organisers have the same problem too, which is ironic as an active airfield that operates daily in the middle of the circuit.
Personally I love the place, however James Whitham once described it as "a hideous fairground ride just waiting to go wrong" but don’t let that put you off.
Superbikes reach their highest top speeds of the season after they exit Church corner on the run up to the final chicane and the nature of this ultra fast circuit means there will normally be tight bunch of riders battling for victory on the last lap. I managed to come out on top five times in my BSB appearances there, but not without exchanging paint on a few occasions with a certain Mr Hislop.
The circuit remains virtually unchanged in thirty years but with acres of run off at most corners, riders normally stay safe should they take to the grass at high speed. The surface is bumpy and undulates pretty much all the way round however it has fantastic grip both in the wet and the dry.
Writing this brings back vivid memories of the super fast roller coaster ride that is Thruxton.
Every rider that goes there for the first time tries hard to fine tune suspension in an attempt to get their bike handling better but you soon realise this is a waste of time. It is more a case of clamping hands, knees and elbows to the bike and gradually trying to build momentum. No one has ever had the perfect handling bike at Thruxton and I doubt they ever will. There are riders who love this place and some that struggle but everyone agrees that riding around Thruxton is an unforgettable experience.
Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:04
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