Featured In the February 2021 issue of Roadracing World:
How do you understand what goes on inside the brain of a successful motorcycle racer? It’s not easy, but this wee tale may help. Imagine you are a top Superbike racer and you’re leading the World Championship by a nice margin with a few races to go. All you need to wrap up the title is a few more decent finishes.
In this race there’s a young hotshot ahead of you, willing to risk full-body sacrifice to score his first WSB victory. What do you do? Do you go after him, risking a crash that will lose you a load of points and possibly leave you injured? Or do you tell yourself that discretion is the better part of valor, that a certain 20 points is better than gambling 25 points against zero points?
Any normal mortal would take option two. Which is why normal mortals don’t win six Superbike World Championships.
“Maybe my mind works differently, but when I have a good points gap it’s easier to take much more risks, because it doesn’t matter if I win the championship by one point or 101,” says Jonathan Rea…
—Interview: Jonathan Rea, by MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley
The Jonathan Rea steamroller keeps on rolling—six consecutive World Superbike titles and 99 race wins. How did he do that? Take a look inside the mind of the most successful Superbike racer in modern history—it’s in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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