Gave into temptation this morning and went for a ride through the Royal Natio Park when I should be trying to sell my bike instead. I'll get around to it. Anyway, I had the liberty of following behind an SP2 and an MV Augusta F4 before they duly let me pass on my humble steed, the 'osung. I could not help but notice the contrast between my riding style and theirs. I stick to my seat like flies to a dead roo because I know that I dont ride anywhere near hard enough to get any major gain from hanging my rear out all over the place, but I have no hesitation in sticking my head out as far as possible because I know that will actually get me through a corner. But SP2 and F4 had other ideas. Both were moving their ass about as though they were dancing on a pillion retention device, but keeping their head dead in line with or even on the opposite side of the axis of the bike. Funnily enough, both let me past fairly quickly. As far as I can see, unless someone is really giving the bike some hussle, there is bugger all advantage to jumping around over the bike. And when done poorly, I'm sure they were actually cornering slower than if they would just sit straight over the centre of the bike and not shift at all. But Rossi and Stoner done it so I gotta done it too. I honestly just can't see the point when there is still a good centimeter of Colonel Sander's Favourites on the edges of your bikes tyre. gahh. Also interestingly, in the same group as the SP2 a Ducati monster ST something almost ran straight into a rock wall on the way down to the McKell Avenue intersection, just after the lady carrington end point. He ended up on the dirt between the road and the rock face, and people who know the road know how little room there is at that point and how close he got to major hurt. You would think by the time your riding a ducati you would know to push and keep pushing through a corner. To be fair, it is a very intimidating corner to push through if your coming at hard and unaware, and chances are if you do make it through you will go right of the other side as it flipflops back immediately and just as sharply. However he wasnt going particularly fast - same speed as everyone else around - and definitely could have made it. But they were my observations from a morning's ride.