Decision-making for high-speed motorcycle racing

In Keith Code’s definitive road racer’s handbook, he describe the process of motorcycle racing as a series of decisions made in rapid succession. According to Code, there are two approaches to making a decision:

  • Trial & Error is about experimentation – knowing the various options and what prior outcomes have been – and using “gut instinct” to decide on an appropriate action
  • Thinking It Through is about analysis and planning. The drawback, Code notes, is that it requires “starting with correct information.” (i.e., Garbage In / Garbage Out)

The best approach in racing, he believes, is to use a combination of the two methods – when you’re not on the track, there’s plenty of time to “Think It Through.” And when you are on the track, to experiment through trial and error.

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