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Feedback: I tested the DRRS piloting course!


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A driving course might tempt you, and you’re right! With ten courses at the De Radigues Rider School (DRRS) under my belt, I can tell you without much doubt about what this training is worth. Here is my feedback!

A motorcycle, taking the angle and putting on the gas is one of the pillars of our passion, but on the road, it can be dangerous. There are many here and there some departmental roads with tasty sequences, but :

  • They are not that many
  • And even so, you are not safe from leaving your license there
  • The error can be severe...

The solution ? Participate in track runs. The practice is growing and there is no shortage of options. There, no slides, plane trees, ravines and… radars. But once on the track, how can you go fast? How to progress? There's nothing obvious about it. As for “ put the knee »…

Worse, with practice, you will find that you can fall, be at the maximum of your abilities, and be properly dropped by a 500 CB of the families. " But WTF ?! »

DRRS pilot training instructor

When the instructor has a pilot background, it’s easy to trust him!

The driving course, the best school to learn how to machine sliders!

In fact, there is no secret! Just as you did not learn to read and write through the operation of the Holy Spirit, Piloting is learned. There is a school for this with state-certified instructors: the piloting course ! Their teaching is useful to everyone, from beginners to experts looking to ride ever faster.

As you may know, Motoblouz is partner of the De Radigues Rider School. And as I have followed this driving course ten times, I can tell you about it with some perspective!

What is DRRS?

If you don't know them, the DRRS is an institution, without exaggeration. They will celebrate their 13 years of existence and have seen more than 10,400 trainees pass through to date. If they are still there and so many of you have trusted them, it is not for nothing.

The school was created by Didier De Radiguès, former GP500 and 250 driver. Of Belgian nationality, he won 4 GP in his career and also later enjoyed some success in automobiles. He now spends his time between his passion for photography, his job as a TV consultant on MotoGP races for Belgian TV and his driving school, the famous DRRS, where he regularly comes to spend a day with the students on the track.

pilot trainees

The atmosphere is relaxed but studious. Everyone wants to progress!

The instructors, more than experienced pilots

But, before talking about “school curriculum” let’s talk about the teachers.

It's very simple, your instructors are all competitors or former competitors with solid track records. If I have to name only two because otherwise we will spend the day there, it would be:

  • Cédric Tangre, reigning French supersport champion (600) and multiple champion of the discipline
  • Christophe Cogan, former GP 250 and world supersport driver, among others.

(My apologies to Telcou, Eric, Robin, … I had to make a choice!)

You can dig into the question and study the track record of all the instructors on the DRRS website.

The other speakers

As far as I am concerned, since I know them well, I can assure you that you are in good hands. They are fast but above all good teachers. Their objective is clearly to help you progress safely.

Alongside the “teaching staff” you have an efficient support team with:

  • A boss (Philippe) and his track manager (Christophe) who check your equipment, boots, “racing” leather gloves, back protector, helmet, one or two-piece leather suit (which must be connected) and ensure your safety on the track. circuit.
  • A mechanic present throughout the driving course. The latter not only changes your tires, he has saved the training of many people by repairing breakdowns and the consequences of small falls.
driving course instructor

The instructor shows you the exercise, then it's your turn!

The internship program

But enough about people, let's tackle the internship program. Although it is possible to participate on a single day, the typical driving course takes place over 2 days. You are distributed in 6 level groups and, in fact, the teaching is adapted to the objectives and know-how of each person.

There is 7 runs of 20 minutes per day and each is dedicated to a specific learning objective, position, trajectories, gaze, corner entry speed, braking-downshifting, trajectories, overtaking, mobility, etc., etc.

Each Run is therefore subject to:

  • a briefing with educational materials;
  • followed by a 20-minute ride where the coaches evaluate you on the performance of the exercise;
  • then a personalized debriefing, sometimes with the help of video.

An example of a practical exercise: “No brakes without a box”

One of the legendary workshops of the DRRS is the “no brakes, no gearbox”. The goal of this exercise is not to send you to the mat or, on the contrary, to make you spend 20 minutes in slow motion, but to help you gain speed when entering a turn. How ? Easy, follow the guide!

Your instructor will position himself on one or two turns deemed interesting and will note the progress of your different passages. You start your session and start by finding the gear ratio that allows you to do the circuit without hitting the breaker or generating jerks at low revs (as a general rule, 3rd gear suits everyone). During acceleration phases, you play the game, full throttle. On the other hand, as you are prohibited from braking, you will have to cut the gas early, well before what was your braking mark.

Pushing back the benchmarks…

The first 2 rounds are therefore for you to find your bearings. Then, from lap to lap, you will be asked to slightly push back your benchmarks until you arrive at a feeling of overspeed but since you are forbidden to touch the brake and it is just “a little faster” than the previous lap. , you will have to throw yourself into the bend! Of course, during the briefing we will have explained everything to you so that things go well and… that’s always the case!

In the 10 courses I have done, I have never seen a single fall on this exercise and everyone leaves between wonder and… a mixture of fear/excitement.

The lesson is obvious: The motorcycle has the potential to go faster. The conditions for this to work? Have robust benchmarks to gently exceed your limits, work on your activation (trigger point, tilt speed), your position on the bike (shoulder out, shoulders out) and... to be relaxed! (If you block the steering by locking the arms and shoulders, sooner or later it will be “bill on the ground”).

Ready for the run !

Ready for the run !

The braking workshop, an essential part of the driving course

The braking workshop is another important moment. After having explained to you in the room all the dynamics of the motorcycle during this riding phase, you move on to the practical exercise. Monitor posted at the end of the straight line, you learn to brake by lifting the rear wheel very slightly, by downshifting over the greatest distance possible (and not suddenly before diving into a corner), by supporting the clutch so as not to lock the rear wheel, all while holding your motorcycle correctly with your legs.

For beginners and intermediates, doing this correctly with a braking cue that allows you to enter corners with speed is already enormous progress. But for those who have mastered the "online" exercise, your instructor will toughen the exercise by asking you to maintain the braking pressure on the first degrees of inclination, then gradually until the neutral phase before the point of rope. For experts, the neutral phase will become smaller and smaller until it almost no longer exists.

I could detail all the workshops, tell you that in rope stitch we will teach you how to… weld! But to succeed in screwing the handle in early, you have to straighten the bike as quickly as possible and therefore continue to sway as much as possible while straightening it (otherwise you won't finish turning).

Focus on progress points

But the most important thing to remember from all this is that the course is designed so that your mind, which has too many things to manage, is only focused on the exercise in progress. So, step by step, throughout the course, you put in place all the bricks that will allow you to save time on the clock.

One last detail on the method all the same because it is THE specialty of the DRRS. Over the entire 2 days, you will be able to benefit from a “duorun”, that is to say that over a complete session of 20 minutes, you will be in radio communication by a coach on a Yamaha R1. Depending on what you have agreed together, he can follow you, play the hare or alternate. The entire run is filmed and the audio comments made by the instructor will be on the video.

Relaxing

Moments of relaxation offer you the opportunity to interact with other trainees

Honestly, i don't see any better way to try the track and more than trying elsewhere. A DRRS driving course can be aimed at many profiles, from the pleasure discovery to the time hunter looking for performance.

In the end, whatever your goal, you will live together 2 days of fun, I assure you, I tested it for you.

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Nicholas

Product manager in the automobile industry on a daily basis, I love mechanics, garage smells and - guess what - motorbikes! On the road and on the track, my leitmotif: pleasure in the heart! I especially enjoy linking my job and my passion, by trying out motorcycles with different uses and personalities. The perfect motorcycle? I think there are (almost) as many as there are biker profiles ;-)

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