Despite its world-famous accessibility, the Nurburgring has a well-earned reputation as one of the world’s hardest racing tracks. In the rain, the fast and flowing ‘Ring becomes even more difficult. Throw in a motorcycle and you have a recipe for a sketchy, but truly exceptional, time.
As Bridge to Gantry’s Dale Lomas tells it, rider Andy Carlisle was at the track doing some coaching in a more ordinary bike in more ordinary conditions when, on the second day of the operation, torrential downpours left the track seriously wet. Fortunately, Carlisle had a Yamaha YZF-R1 track bike with wet racing tires on hand and an empty track. What happens next is exactly as incredible as you would hope.
Given the conditions and his relative rustiness in serious rain, Carlisle ran a fairly conservative line around the track. At the Nurburgring, a safe line in wet conditions still means running flat-out through some of the world’s quickest corners with nothing but guardrails and forests at your sides. His onboard camera shows just how difficult the lap actually was, particularly in the banked concrete corners that get both wet and dry differently than the asphalt around the rest of the course. Carlisle’s steady hand gets him through the lap unharmed, although not without drama. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.