While looking through the latest Motorcyclist magazine, I came across this image from the Ducati MotoGP test session at Sepang. It shows Valentino Rossi entering a turn at speed with the bike pointed in a seemingly impossible direction, impossible, at any rate, for mere mortals. Most of us, if placing our bikes in this exact same spot, would be about to make our way across the grass of the infield or, within a split second, about to violently highside, unlike Rossi, who was, at the moment of the photo, still on track rounding the turn.
My understanding of the laws of physics is that they apply everywhere in exactly the same way, and in truth, they do, but as I look at photos like this, I’m led to believe riders like Rossi may live in some parallel universe operating under a different set of laws. Amazing.