Today we're used to seeing riders hanging off racing (and road) bikes, dragging their knees around the corner. This topic has been the subject of several long threads of late. BUT, it's only a comparitively recent development. The great Finnish champion, Jarno Saarinen, was the first rider to consistently hang off the saddle and drag his knee on the track. This was in 1972. http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/saarinen.jpg Pretty soon it became an accepted thing. But it was taken to amazing extremes by the early 1990's by a French rider called Jean Philippe Ruggia. He as a 250cc rider who not only dragged his knee on the track but also his elbow. In fact, so regularly did he do this that he actually had modified knee sliders fitted on the elbows of his leathers to protect his elbows. I have searched in vain for a picture of Ruggia at work so if any Netriders can point me in he right direction, I'd be grateful It's still happening, and Aaron Yates, who rides in the AMA Superbikes, has become quite proficient at dragging the elbow, though the two photos shown are "cheaters" to a degree because the kerb heightens the illusion. However, I have heard that he can, and does do it, on level track as well. http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/yates1.jpg http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/yates2.jpg Finally, here's an extreme example, but I believe that, in this case, it's more a case of trying to save a bike that's too far gone, rather than a serious "elbows down" cornering technique. http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/Barros.jpg So, is it just a confidence thing???