Monday, January 15, 2007

Shutting Off? You’re not winning then!

That's Mick Extance, and he's keeping that throttle wide open

Mick Extance has been one of the UK’s top riders in the grueling Dakar Rally. Recently, while talking to British bike magazine, Performance Bikes, about his life and times in the Dakar Rally, Extance said, “Shut off and you fail. On the fast days, when you have a moment and you’re kissing the front mudguard at 160km/h, your heart’s going, and you hesitate. Well, the guys that win don’t hesitate. Marc Coma, David Fretigne and Fabrizio Meoni don’t back off. I’ve seen them full-lock, sideways at 160km/h and they haven’t even twitched. You’re behind and you go ‘urghh..!’ You back off and they’re gone…”

So now we know what it takes. And to tell you the truth, we’re a bit scared.

Also see:
Faster and Faster: The pros tell you how
Singularly Powerful: 2007 KTM 690SM
What your bike says about you!
On the pace: Read before you ride

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