It is quite amazing to me the cornering that motorbike racers achieve. When I am out on my bicycle, I am always wondering how well the grip will hold up in tight bends at speed but I am not anything close to the cornering angles these guys achieve. Sure, they have a prepared surface and custom rubber for the tires but even so, it is amazing how they push them to the limits (and occasionally beyond).
Watching them come through the corners, it was a regular thing to see the knee pads down on the surface of the track. Some of them adopted a far more aggressive approach, though, and the occasional elbow could be seen getting down to the surface. I wonder how that feels through the leathers and whether it is a good feeling or an unsettling one.
To see these guys coming in to the bends and then heading away from you with the bike and body cranked so far over and the throttle being modulated to keep just enough power on to maximize the speed out of the bend was so impressive. Riding motorbikes has never been something I have been terribly interested in but watching someone that knows what they are doing extract so much from them was very cool.