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An Englishman Abroad
« on: June 21, 2012, 05:16:14 AM »
As part of our commitment to spread the word about Moto Gymkhana around the world, we have to visit Japan from time to time for various meetings. Whilst we are there, we take the opportunity to ride in one of the Dunlop Autoby Cup competitions along with over 170 other riders.

Nothing can prepare you for the full-on intensity of a competition in Japan. Watching the warm-up course is like standing trackside at a MotoGp race, the GP8 courses are packed with whirling bikes and the faces of the riders waiting for the start are a picture of intense concentration. However nothing, but nothing can prepare you for the way in which riders attack the course. From the GO signal everything is taken to the absolute limit straight away. Tyres scrabble for grip, exhausts wail and brakes squeak with an intensity that beggars belief. You have to pinch yourself to believe that the riders you are watching are only in the Novice class, so heaven knows what the higher classes will have to offer.

As the first attacks run through, the classes get higher and higher until the first of the red bib Class A riders lines up for the start. We have all watched these riders on various videos, but nothing can replace the awesome spectacle of them riding in the flesh. It is difficult to find words to describe the spectacle, epic, intense, awesome all come to mind, but none seem to capture the wonder of what you see before you.

Then it's all over for the first attacks and the course falls strangely quiet, but you know that an hour later it will be back to full-on riding for the second attack.

The course that had been laid out for this competition featured a particularly nasty first obstacle that we immediateley called The Saw! Comprising of seven consecutive 'Jinks' (line touches) it must rate as one of the most difficult obstacles that Mr Adachi has ever devised.  In this video, our very own Andrew Freeman makes an attack on the course on a Kawasaki ZRX1200R that had been provided by Mr Kimura, one of the founders of the sport. You will see Andrew attempt the Saw straight from the start and remembering that missing a line means a three second penalty, we all think he did very well to only miss one line.

Time attack of Andrew in Japan


Maybe one day, some of you guys from AMGRASS might like to join us on one of our Japanese trips and see (and try) things for yourself!
 

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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 03:59:36 PM »

Time attack of Andrew in Japan

Maybe one day, some of you guys from AMGRASS might like to join us on one of our Japanese trips and see (and try) things for yourself!
 


 That would be great? When is the next trip?

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012, 12:10:02 PM »
I love watching these vids.  It would help if I could see the course layout along with the video of the rider negotiating the course.  I'll be glad to see your book, which I'm sure has plenty of pictures of layouts. 

Thanks for  posting them, Duncan! 
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2012, 01:10:30 PM »
That was one of the best videos I've seen so far.  Well shot, easy to see the ride and rider, and instructive.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2012, 08:55:11 AM »
Here is the diagram of the course that Andrew was riding in the video. Sorry about the quality, but it was a scan of the original piece of paper.

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012, 04:15:00 PM »
Hello again from sunny old England with yet another development in the wide world of Moto Gymkhana.

We often run little extra challenges after our competitions just to give the riders something else to think about before the next meeting. After this weekend's competition we decided that it would be a good idea if we could get some team spirit going by running a challenge for teams of riders rather than individuals.

The format was simple enough in that we set out a very short course which would have to be ridden by each member of the team so that they could set a combined time. The timer started when the first rider crossed the line and was stopped when the last rider reached the goal line. Each rider in the team would commence their run the instant their team-mate completed the course. All the usual time penalties would be added for errors with the addition of a penalty if any of the riders jumped the start. 

It all worked out very well and everybody had a great deal of fun in the process so we will be running similar team challenges at all our events in the future.
 


Would suggest that you guys give it a go and see how you get on.

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2012, 05:13:49 PM »
and all the different bikes that we have show up we could have one of each on a team. that would really be neat to see.
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2012, 06:07:01 PM »
 Pretty cool idea!

When is the next trip to Japan?

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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2012, 10:37:01 PM »
We usually do our trip to Japan around the middle - end of March, but they do have a gigantic all comers competition in October sometime. We are having a look at whether or not we would be able to make a trip for that as well. Will keep you posted.

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2012, 06:05:56 AM »
Dave Pinto, one of our more recent converts to the wonderful world of Moto Gymkhana, attacks the course at Donington Park over the weekend.

It's always great to get a riders eye view as you can really get to grips with their strengths and weaknesses.




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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2012, 05:17:57 AM »
Before each competition we test the course to make sure that all the obstacles are laid out correctly and that it 'rides' with a suitable level of challenge.

We also use this ride to set a reference time which we can use to rank riders for class qualifying.




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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2012, 07:28:33 AM »
Sounds like a good idea.  That first rider is placed in a interesting position.
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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2012, 10:56:17 AM »
Couple of on-board videos from the recent Experience Day at North Weald in Essex.

After we have run through the first-timers it is a chance for the experienced riders to go and have a play on the course. We set the timing system to automatic so that they can make as many attacks as they like. Here the two Davids, David Fii and Dave Pinto, get some serious playtime in.




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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2012, 02:57:29 PM »
The previous two videos I posted were the riders eye views of the North Weald Moto Gymkhana experience day course.

Here's what it looked like from outside.




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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2012, 09:10:42 PM »
 ;D
I like. 
I still prefer the outside camera, as it shows a lot more of what is going on with the rider and the track, than a blur of cones from the first person perspective shots.