What is the difference between a good driver and a great driver? Some would argue for many things: personality, technical knowledge, focus and determination, the knowledge to know when to make a move and when to play it safe, and the list goes on. Put bluntly, anyone who can fog a mirror and has a lust for adrenaline can get behind the wheel and go fast. Those that excel at it have something more going on than just foot-to-floor ability. They see more than just the corner…they see the “in” line, the “out” line, and are watching for the other racers like a hawk while monitoring their machine with every fiber of their being. One thing goes wrong, one wheel is out of place, and the day can go to hell in a flower-filled handbasket just like that.
Our definition of a great driver: the one who can drive their ass off when the situation looks absolutely hopeless. When the tail steps out and you weren’t expecting it to at over 150 miles an hour, do you panic or do you cue up your inner drifter? When you are up on two wheels do you brace for impact or channel your inner stunt driver? When a bike tries to high-side you off like a bucking bronco, do you let go and hope for a soft landing or do you hang on to that mechanical bastard and try to wrangle it back into shape? Those that literally do everything they can, those are the great drivers. Even if they are unsuccessful in the face of adversity, at least they gave it a hell of a shot.