To make the bike slide (rear wheel steer), you dial in the power before the apex, but because that alters your line you have to have plenty of track inside you – it’s easy to drive the thing off the inside of the track.
A lot of times I’d get it spinning and run out of revs and then I’d have to let it get back in line to make a shift. Trying to catch a shift while the back end is stepped out was tricky unless the bike was really sideways. I found if you unloaded a bit of weight off the seat you could control the bike easier when the suspension compressed during a gear-change.
What helps control spin and increase grip is getting weight onto the outside peg. If you’re going around a left-hander, say, you’re hung off the inside and most of your weight is on the left peg or on the seat, but hardly any is on the outside peg. I remember when I weighted that outside peg I’d get improved grip. You do the opposite when you steer it with the rear because it makes it spin easier.
1993 World 500GP Champion