We probably would have posted this video out of sheer Star Wars geekdom, but a 7min 10sec lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife (BTG) is also nothing to scuff at as well. Such is the accomplishment of Andy Carlile, a 33-year-old Englishman living in Germany who was on a mission to be the fastest on two-wheels around the ‘Ring.

Setting the record on street-legal Dunlop rubber, perhaps the only thing more impressive than Carlile’s lap time is his feat of keeping the squirrely but otherwise mostly stock and street-legal 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 at bay, as the video shows the massive movement of the bike on braking and acceleration. Jedi mind trick for sure.

Putting in “thousands” of laps on the Nürburgring, Carlile admits there is some room left in his time, though cautions about how much. “What you’re all thinking, and what I’m trying to ignore is the number ‘6’” he said. “Yes the bike will go a little bit faster, but we’re plumbing the deepest depths of diminishing returns.”

For those wondering about the “BTG” designation, it stands for Bridge to Gantry, which has become the customary timing structure for laps done on an open course, as the full main straight cannot be driven at speed due to the track’s exit & entrance requirements, and “non-race” policy.

Source: Bridge to Gantry

  • BenFaster

    Several things surprise me about this:
    The guy does an excellent job wringing the crap of of that bike and getting through annoying traffic. Its clear he knows the track really, really well, and on street tires!
    So why doesn’t Ducati or someone break out a new bike, slap some super sticky’s on it and let a hot shoe pro go out and take at least 30 seconds off this , get into the 6’s and claim it? Seems easy enough – not because they guy is not good but because tires make a HUGE difference alone – much less a crew there to set a bike up better to extract more from the bike. Good post – good video!

  • Victor Knowles

    Wow ! Great ride, glad I got to witness that !

  • Can I get a hallelujah!

  • 76

    DOT Dunlops are not so shabby, everyone you see racing in AMA is using them minus Superbike. Are you allowed to run slicks at the Nurburgring? During a normal day? I’m sure if you rented it out you could do whatever you want.

  • Keith

    It’s a safe bet he’s been there many a lap and has fettled out the best setup for him and his bike…

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  • Tom

    “So why doesn’t Ducati or someone break out a new bike”

    Mv Agusta did when they made the 312R.

  • loki

    “So why doesn’t Ducati or someone break out a new bike” – they did. It’s called the Desmosedici RR. But that’s practically a MotoGP prototype, so I don’t know if it would be fair.

  • Damo


    I think the whole point here was to set the time on a road legal, modified, production bike. I am not sure how the rules work, but I know cars have to run streets tire to set a production class time.

  • Ed Gray

    Fabulous balance of caution and speed.

    There are no rules it’s just bragging rights. If one is honest one just states the condition of the machine and how fast.

    Clearly speed around the Nordschleife is all about how much risk you are willing to take. Crashing there would be ……uh…….bad.

  • SiafaAlvin

    @Ed Gray – Agreed, 100%. No way would I want to push an R1 to its limits on street tires – AND around traffic ? No way, no how.

    Much respect to Carlile, hope he gets the conditions and equipment to make a balls-out run for us to watch.

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  • Simply put, that was art. Beautiful to behold.