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Cookiemonster...
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PostPosted: 12:13 - 25 Jan 2019    Post subject: How do Isle of Man TT riders practice? Reply with quote

So if the actual event is only two weeks, how do they actually practice these roads if for the rest of the 50 weeks of the year they are not allowed since it's back to national speed limits and standard road traffic rules with normal traffic and normal people commuting?
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Stinka
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PostPosted: 12:47 - 25 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

PlayStation games and watch lots of video, like hundreds of times

And newcomer practice laps
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PostPosted: 12:59 - 25 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus Manx GP, and early morning runs over the mountain.
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PostPosted: 14:18 - 25 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can learn the course for 50 weeks but to practice properly you need the roads closed.
They don't 'practice' until the next race.
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PostPosted: 13:21 - 26 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like a lot of bikers, many of them probably learn a bit just from road riding - hacking around their favourite local twisty lanes as youngsters. Joey Dunlop certainly did a lot of that. Some also race on track. It all helps to keep the edge honed.
Most I think are 'naturals' anyway though. I've known a few people who could just leave anyone else for dead on the road without having any more specific experience than those around them.
The rest comes from just simply entering road races and giving it your best shot. The actual Island course is then tackled, probably with some apprehension from all the history, and then you start to learn the intricacies of the circuit year on year. Even just driving around it in a car, you can learn something of use.
But I think natural ability plays a big part, and then just building on that each year. Being able to focus without letting fear into your mind will be a big help too. Just a case of loving to ride bikes fast.
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PostPosted: 15:13 - 26 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember that an unrestricted highway on the IOM is exactly that. There is no legally defined national speed limit. The posted speed limits apply in town.

You can be done for furious driving though.
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