A history of hanging off

I found an interesting forum post by Keith Code from the California Superbike School about how we’ve gone from knuckle dragging to knee dragging. In it he describes an evolution of how racers make bikes go round corners. It’s very interesting but in it he gives examples of riders that typify the five phases of cornering evolution.

I thought it would be interesting to collect pictures of these riders to visualise the change.

Phase 1 – John Surtees

Phase 2 – Mike Hailwood

Phase 3 – Jarno Saarinen

Phase 4 – Kenny Roberts

Phase 4 – Cal Rayborn

Phase 4 – Mick Doohan

Phase 4 – Randy Mamola

Phase 5 – Casey Stoner

Stoner, Sepang MotoGP tests, 1-3 February 2011



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