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Daryle Redlin

Sorry to disagree with Walt because I know he has been around awhile but if you try to enter a turn while under power you will have issues. Maybe what Walt meant to say is, approach the turn at full speed, hard on the brakes for as long as needed them get off the brakes and let the kart turn, DO NOT APPLY FULL THROTTLE AT THIS POINT, let the kart jack and crack the throttle open, as you pass the apex and can let the kart unwind you go to full throttle. The speed and timing at which you apply the throttle is directly related to the speed and timing that the unloaded inside wheel comes down, which usually is related to the speed at which you unwind the steering wheel. If you do it to early then you may pick up a “push”, if you do it to late you may slide off the turn. The best drivers know, or feel, when the kart can handle more throttle. Sometimes waiting just a millisecond longer makes all the difference, especially with Rotax. If you slide a Rotax or make the wheels chirp you will be slow. You cannot abuse the Mojo tire, smooth and deliberate driving is what you want. If your bogging badly off the turn if could just be the carb setting or the way you are applying the throttle. Rotax’s have a specific driving style that works the best, it does take some time to acquire. The new EVO package does make it a little easier.