Get on track – tips on how to get you started in the world of motocross.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015 14:58:05 Europe/London
Tearing up the dirt and whizzing round corners at adrenalin pumping speeds like a professional probably seems like a pipe dream when you are heading onto the track for the first time. It can be an intimidating experience and is a sport that does take a lot of practice but our tips below should help to give you the confidence to perform like a pro!
➢ Practice – As the old saying goes, “practice make perfect’ and this can’t be more try when it comes to motocross riding. The more you ride the more you will learn about your bike and how it runs on the track. You need to feel at one with your bike and learn to anticipate what coming up ahead. This can only be achieved by hopping on the saddle and going for it.
➢ Corners - Cornering with finesse requires knowledge of the track and the bike. Mastering a smooth corner starts with the approach, it isn't simply taking a turn at high speed. You’ll need to glide through the bend all while covering the brakes and throttle. Positioning your body in the correct position helps all this and will result in your being up front of the race rather than shoveling dirt.
➢ Jumps – This is one of the most exhilarating parts about learning to ride as possibly one of the reasons you wanted to get into the sport in the first place. It’s not easy launching a 300lb + bike into the air with you straddling the saddle. It requires upper body strength as well as strong leg muscles to hold the bike between your knees and control to land the bike and speed and continue riding. Once mastered though you’ll be addicted.
➢ Whoops – And I’m not referring the word you might use when you drop something. No, in motocross terms ‘whoops’ are small mountains with high peaks and deeper valleys arranged side-by-side within close proximity that you graze your bike across the top of - really fast. They pose the most dangers to riders as if they’re not tackled correctly you’ll more than likely end up dusting dirt off your backside. Upper arm strength and a tight leg grip are vital to avoid you losing control. Whoops can be small, allowing you to just skim across them without too much bother or deep, these pose the biggest challenge to riders.
➢ Rollers – Similar to Whoops but less likely to take you out as they present a more gradual bump with a smaller peak that flatten out a bit. Rollers often follow a corner, which is why the approach and exit of a corner is so important as being overconfident in your cornering could mean you’ll come unstuck when hitting a rollers around the next bend.
➢ Watch the Pros – Get some tips and inspiration from your heros. After all they were once a beginner just like you.
➢ Bike Maintenance – Perhaps the most important part of racing is looking after your bike. A finely tuned bike wins races and prevents costly repairs. So also perform routine maintenance checks on your bike.
➢ Rest & Nutrition - Motocross racing is both mentally and physically exhausting. It is therefore important to eat right, get plenty of rest between races and save your energy for the track.
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Total Sport Team