10 Motocross Tips
Need 10 Motocross tips? Motocross tips can make all the difference if your a beginning racer or even a seasoned pro. Work in some of these tips and learn how to ride better and perform at a higher level.
- Work with a Trainer. It's essential to work with a trainer, manager or other motocross professional to give you feedback on your form, speed, performance and other skills. This gives you the ability to change something in the moment and see if progress is made. Instantaneous reactions are the best way to improve quickly.
- Review Race Tapes. When you take the time to review race tapes you can see first hand what your performance was like. This gives you a chance to review form, speed, endurance and technique so you know exactly what to work on in practice.
- Walk the Track. All the training in the world means nothing if you crash out in the first turn and miss the rest of the race. Walk the track before every race to find all its characteristics. Then you know what to expect and how to ride for success.
- Aggressive Posture. Use an aggressive posture while racing to stay ready for anything. This includes standing with knees slightly bent. Elbows out and keep your chin over the bars. Always lead with you head as the rest of your body will follow.
- Ride Smart. Understand and use your brake and clutch in a way that enhances your ride, not hinders. Use your brakes to smooth out your ride. This will actually allow you to ride faster with less drag. Skip the clutches when shift down through gears as this will give you added stopping power in the corners.
- Stay on Your Feet. It's important to stay on the balls of your feet for the most balance and shock absorption. This is not possible for the entire time, but when you can use the balls of your feet on the pegs.
- Plan Your Lines. When on the track always look ahead and plan the line you'll take through turn, over obstacles and around other riders. This keeps you and those around you safe and allows for optimal riding, performance and placement during and after a race.
- Distribute Your Weight. Balance is essential to ride effectively. You need to continuously re-balance and distribute your weight when you accelerate and brake. These movements cause you to shift, possibly too far, if you're not in tune with where you need to be on the bike.
- Keep Your Hands in Place. Always keep your hands on your grips during a race. Unless you're in a freestyle competition or other event, you need to maintain proper form for safe and effective riding.
- Keep Your Foot Tucked In. While you should use your foot to balance when doing through a turn, only stick your foot out when going from brakes to acceleration. Put it out toward the front wheel to help stabilize the front of the bike while the traction grabs. Get your foot back on the peg as quickly as possible.
Posted on: Feb. 10, 2011