Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nicki Pedersen’s motorcycle speedway masterclass on Fifth Gear

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Open the throttle and sling it sideways to make it turn. Speedway bikes are not for the faint of heart. Nicki Pedersen, one of the best in the business, shows how it's done...

Nicki Pedersen, from Denmark, knows a thing or two about speedway. He would, because he’s won the Speedway World Championship in 2003, 2007 and 2008 and he’s been the Speedway World Cup champ in 2006, 2008 and 2012. So if a bike rides on skinny wheels and tyres, has just one gear and no brakes, is powered by a 500cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine that runs on pure methanol and produces about 75bhp, and must be made to powerslide in order to turn, Pedersen would be the man to ride such a machine.

The 35-year-old Pedersen recently appeared on one of our favourite TV shows, Fifth Gear, where he explained motorcycle speedway in some detail and showed Vicki Butler-Henderson how to ride a speedway bike. With a 1:1 power:weight ratio (and, remember, no brakes…), a speedway racebike is the devil’s own work and riding one at race pace is certainly not for the faint of heart. So watch the video to see how Ms Butler-Henderson fares on one of Pedersen’s bikes…

Source: Fifth Gear

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