The biggest problem I read here is that Keith is talking about track riding and we're talking about road. (duh, right). The big difference here is that Keith assumes you know the track after having been around it 20 times, and therefore know what gear you should be down shifting into in order to set yourself up for the exit. Out on the road, especially unfamiliar roads, one can't really know which gear would be right for the exit drive. Best slow it down a notch.