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GP8 counting
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:57:42 AM »
Motogymkhanaman posted this in the Alabama Chapter thread but I'm copying it here because it is very good advice about riding GP8:

The figure 8 exercise is five rotations of the approved course against the clock. Most riders tend to get very confused as to what counts as a rotation so here goes. This video of Noboru Yoshino shows the GP8 in action
and the voice you hear doing the counting is little ole' me!

The trick for counting the rotations is to count them before the rider does them. For example as soon as the rider crosses the start line the count is 1, they then make their way around the far pylon (start in the left box, turn left around the far pylon, start in the right box, turn right around the far pylon) and as they come back between the near pylon and the start line the count is incremented to 2, out and back round 3, out and back round 4, out and back round 5 and as soon as they have ridden round the far cone for the last time they make the dash to the goal box which is next door to the start box. Watch the video several times and you will soon get the hang of it!

This does sound a bit confusing, for which I apologise. A top tip is for the marshal/timer to hold up their fingers to represent the state of the count and once they have five fingers in the air to wave the rider into the goal box.

I don't know if his link to the video will work, but you can go to the Alambama Chapter thread to get that if you want to...


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Re: GP8 counting
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 09:29:58 PM »
how wide should the area be? i've seen a diagram that shows the length but it doesn't specify width. just wondering


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Re: GP8 counting
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 11:03:06 PM »
not sure why u are hung up on width?

start box, stop box........and two cones  :P

you wanna make a wide line, that is your mistake choice
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Re: GP8 counting
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 03:08:22 AM »
As much space as you can possibly afford is the answer, especially for people doing the exercise for the first time. As riders get more proficient, the width can come down significantly, but it is always safe to assume that even expert riders will make the occasional error and will need somewhere to go.