Racing Together: A season with a crew chief

“They knew that riding over the edge could be spinning the tyre, because if you’re spinning the tyre then you’re not necessarily going forward at the pace of someone who’s not spinning the tyre. Again, you don’t want to be too much on the slow side and you don’t want to be too much on the spin side. This is where the clever rider comes in; he’s the guy who can maintain his concentration on corner entry, mid-corner and corner exit over 14 corners a lap for 30 laps, doing lap times within 0.2 seconds of each other, always just maintaining that pressure. A lot of other guys try to catch up or try to go fast, but they spin the tyre or they go wide or they go slower. Guys like Valentino, Mick, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Giacomo Agostini or whoever they are, they all understood that it’s all about constant pressure, without being slow and without going past the limit of the grip.”