The riders are very lucky: they arrive at the track and find their bike ready, pampered by a host of mechanics. It’s the dream of every enthusiast, who doesn’t have certain comforts at his disposal when he wants to let off steam on the track.
Sylvain Guintoli, current Suzuki test rider in MotoGP and former Superbike world champion, however, has shown that it doesn't take much to be fast, in fact he only needs ... his right wrist.
The Frenchman turned into a YouTuber for an interesting experiment: he got onto a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 at his home, drove it for half an hour on the road, the time to get to the Donington circuit and then began to get serious.
With a completely standard bike (complete with license plate and mirrors), road tyres and a track temperature of 5°, he managed to lap in 1’37.50, that is, just 10 seconds away from what the best Superbikes can do.
If you don't believe it, you can enjoy the video above and also learn something thanks to Sylvain's advice.