Public roads are designed to be safe, and feature things like positive camber banking, constant or increasing radius corners and signage to warn of impending dangers. Racetracks, on the other hand, are generally designed to kill you by making the drive at speed as challenging as possible. There are plenty of “pucker factor” corners at racetracks around the world, but The Mountain, a section of Britain’s Cadwell Park track, may be at the top of my clenched-sphincter list.
There are several lines over The Mountain, and most don’t include getting big air while leaned over into the corner. British Superbike rider Josh Brookes prefers a more, um, adventurous route through this corner, with some pretty spectacular results. When asked about logging flight time, Brookes was quoted on Two Wheels as saying, “I do it because it’s the fastest way I know how to get over there. As a bonus it’s fun and the crowd loves it.”
I’m not one to argue with someone else’s sensibilities, but launching a CBR1000RR like a 250 motocrosser would not meet my definition of fun. I seriously doubt I’d be be able to stick the landing quite as well as Brookes, either.