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Old 08-06-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Pre-Race Rituals

Racers tend to be a supersitious group, and many riders have pre-race rituals, including some of the world's greatest. If you want to start at the top and work your way down, there's Valentino Rossi, who always kneels next to his bike before getting on and heading out onto the track. Rossi says this is a moment to focus and "talk" to his bike.

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I've never really had any pre-race rituals myself, other than having a quick prayer and a brief conversation with while on the grid. (Okay, there was this time back in the late 80s when I first started racing when I'd wear a "lucky" teal colored t-shirt. It was only after I finally realized that I'd crashed several times, sometimes with injury, while wearing the shirt did I decide to abandon that practice.)

So, over the years I've seen a lot of pre-race rituals at the track. What do you do?
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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Does he have fuzzy numbers on that suit?
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Does he have fuzzy numbers on that suit?
Yes, numbers rule!
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I always thought Rossi was just trying to get those last few farts out before he jumped in the saddle.
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I always thought Rossi was just trying to get those last few farts out before he jumped in the saddle.
I save those for the last corner for a little extra push.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:52 AM   #8
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One thing i didn't do right before a race is bang my chick.. I've always been told it'll give ya weak knees for the race.

I would just hype myself up right before the start. That's about it
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Can I comment in this thread? Bceause I'm not a racer.
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Yeah, go ahead. This thread is open to anyone who has been on the track before and ridden in anger. (Track days or racers. No parade lappers. )
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Yeah, go ahead. This thread is open to anyone who has been on the track before and ridden in anger. (Track days or racers. No parade lappers. )
Phew. I didn't want to cause any trouble.

I think a quick kiss from the lady and a swift grab is the norm for me before I throw a leg over and head off to pit road. Maybe one last repositioning of the testicles is typically needed.
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Left boot on first, right glove on first. Hand on the tank, hand on the tail as it comes off the stands and I repeat..."Focus, Drive, Deterniation, Dilligence" four times in my head. Kick a leg over and get a kiss on the chin bar from the lady and off to the grid. The mantra kept me in line and reminded myself that it's all for fun and nothing is worht the safety of myself or another racer. Dilligence.
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My normal pre-race ritual is to yell ', when was second call?!?', yank my warmers and get the bike off the stand as fast as I can, and haul to the grid and hope that I make the warmup lap
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I would stretch to get ready for the crash. We wear gear to prepared ourselves from the crash, stretching is part of it. Hopefully, I won't get see the dirt this weekend.
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i take a dump before i ride, nothing more embarrassing then wrecking and crapping yourself.
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When I raced karts and even now at trackdays my dad always checks the strap on the helmet to make sure its not wadded up or tangled.. I dont know why I just make him check it and always have since I hit the track when I was 13..
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I always open a fresh beer and light another cigarette when I hear first call. (helps me to shake off the hangover from drinkin' and dancin' the night before)
When I hear second call I take off most of my gear so I can pee, even if I peed right before I put it on.
Then in pit road, I open my face shield just before I go out on the track, so I can barf one more time to get my head right.
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Helmet strap straight and buttoned over.
Leathers zipped all the way up and velcroe closure closed.
Gloves velcroe'd and strapped.
Stretch by squatting, mount the bike and goooooooooo.

With endurance racing, I do all that stretching while I wait for the bike to come in, then hop on and goooooooooo.

Same thing, different circumstances...
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Ipod + prerace dump..........so essentially an ipood. Only certain music gets played to get my head straight.
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