If you watched the IOM then you would have seen several people getting air while still leaned over a bit. Granted they only got about 6 inches or so off the ground but that still takes some balls to do it before you are completely upright.
Someone needs to find some of the pics of Fritz Kling going over the 'Hump' at Grattan counter-race. About 5 feet of air under both wheels and he's setting up for T4 midflight. There's one of him taken from the outside that looks like he's on top of the rider he's passing . . .
was he setting up for t4 (right hander after the off camber left) or t5 (right hander immediately following the entrance point we used for .org days; leading into the chicane and bowl)? i can see it right before t5 but not t4. i'd like to see pictures either way!
These are running Counter-Race (backwards), and since Fritz can carry over 100 mph going through T5 (backwards), he was carrying the bike in the air halfway into T4. 'Landings' on roadrace bikes are never very pretty, so he would get the bike sideways mid-air for the beginning of the corner entrance at the top of the hill . . .
you need to keep in mind that Fritz is 6'5' tall, around 220 lbs and can bench press GSXR 1000s before breakfast . . .
just remembered . . . The track redid the entire downhill section in 00' and cut down the 'Hump' quite a bit by building up both sides and changing the angle. It is much less drastic in it's present configuration (all the SCCA guys bitched about their ground effects getting beat to crap every lap, so they mellowed it out . . .).
Fritz has been riding at Grattan for at least 15 years and is synonomous with going fast there. He was the Michigan GP champion for at least 5 years running and defined the style required to circulate the track at record pace. He won both of the WERA FUSA rounds that took place at Grattan (and worked hard for them as well!. Unfortunately, most manufacturers see 6'5' as a severe handicap and he was unable to get a real factory ride, although he did most of the early development work on the Harley Superbike and made a severe dent in the TransAtlantic BOT with Triumph a few years ago. Last season he was running a private program on a GSXR 1000 (what else is new?) and was right back in the hunt.
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