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Perhaps one of the fastest and bumpiest tracks the UK has to offer, it’s also one of the most relentless and exhilarating to ride. Here’s how to master it…

Track Attack


1 Clervaux

You should be running tight to the pit wall on the approach to C roft’s first corner, pinned on the throttle until you reach the broken yellow markings that denote the pitlane exit. If you’re feeling brave, or are riding a smaller capacity bike, you can keep on the power a little bit longer, but ultimately you should be hard on the brakes by the time you reach the red-coloured banding to the left of the track.

Concentrate on staying out to the left of the track as you scrub off speed and go down sufficient gears to tackle C lervaux. There are two plastic posts on the left of the track edge; use the second one as your reference to turn in for the right hander’s apex. The bend’s less acute than you might think, and probably a bit more bumpy than you’d imagine too, but the trick is to apex tightly on the inside kerb, thinking simultaneously about getting on the power immediately (or even a bit before the kerb), to fire you out to the rumble strip on the left hand side of the track.

Keep far left on the run into Clervaux.
You need to run out wide at Hawthorne…but maybe not as wide as Pretty Boy.
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