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The first few gearchanges on a run are crucial. "If you're off a couple hundred rpm it's going affect your ET," said Hines. "If you're short on the two-three [shift] by 200-300 rpm-pretty much every 100 rpm is a hundredth of a second and second gear's a major power gear for these bikes, because you're doing a lot of accelerating through that range-it's just going to fall on its face in third gear."