Ayrton Senna rarely had the best car, but he had an uncanny ability to get the best out of it. Three F1 World titles and 65 pole positions before he was tragically killed in 1994 while leading his final race. He may have been the best motorsports racer in history. Indeed, most modern F1 champions think he is clearly the best automobile racer ever (including Michael Schumacker).
What can motorcyclists learn from an automobile racer known for consistently finding the limits of both traction and speed? Senna employed meticulous preparation, complete focus and concentration, perfect line selection and commitment (knowing when to trust the tires). He also thought ahead, beyond the next turn when necessary.
Riding a motorcycle well involves, above all else, relaxation. A light grip on the bars, and working with the machine, not against it. Enjoy the video below, and tell us with your comment what the great racers, whether on motorcycles or in automobiles, can teach all of us about being better riders that has nothing to do with speed.