The Mountain at Cadwell Park, as it is known, is like the British version of the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca: another one of those special points on a race track, that would not exist on the computer-generated courses we see today.
Famous for lofting bikes into the air, The Mountain makes for spectacular photographs, and should be on every rider’s track day bucket list. Finding the fastest racing line over The Mountain can be difficult though, as riders have to contend with keeping the front of their motorcycles down, but such is not the case for HM Plant Honda’s Josh Brookes…
Asked why he takes jump in such a spectacular fashion, Brookes replied: “Simple, I do it because its the fastest way I know how to get over there. I go as fast as I can and as a result I get air borne. As a bonus its fun and the crowd loves it. I can see why people are scared to jump, it can go bad really easily. I know the years of motocross are an advantage. I know how to jump and not get to out of shape.
“I go through the turns before the jump just like any other. On the up ramp to the jump I use a lot of throttle but more importantly I keep a lot of lean angle even though its going to be leaving the ground. I stay sat down until the take off point where I stand up as the bike takes off. I get over the front a little because the acceleration makes the front comes up a bit. If the bike stays to level I may give it a rev in the air to get the front up. I like to land rear wheel first.”