Moto GP Racer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hmm, good question. Willow Springs International Raceway was my first track, and is a very large and extremely fast track, which lends itself to a specific kind of experimenting, in turns. Some of the turns are so long that you have time to do things like change body position or change throttle, or adjust your line mid turn. These long turns allowed me to zero in on some bad habits I was having and change them. Of course, one does this without riding at 'the edge' so you have some play room.
In tighter, smaller tracks, you get to experiencing much more in the way of fast transitions (chicanes, etc.), high technical pieces of the track like bus stops (near 90 degree super slow turns) and off camber turns.
Committing to memory is sort of automatic; you rack up the laps and memory combines with muscle memory, and you start to go harder on each turn, deeper with each braking zone.
Riding with someone of similar or better speed will very quickly expose any wrong line you are doing; they'll simply take off at some point and at that time you can know that there is improvement to be done. Other times you may close the distance, and know that it is you that has the better way through on that part of the track.