Motocross is an exciting sport. If you have watched any of it on TV, you have probably envisioned yourself racing alongside the stars. While you most likely won’t be able to do that tomorrow, there are some things you can start doing now to take your steps in motocross racing. Below are some tips to get you started.
- Practice – This is obviously the most important step. As the old saying goes, you can’t get anywhere without practice. The only way to get as good as the stars is to put in your time, just like they did. Spend every moment you can practicing on a bike. You won’t be any good at the beginning, but the more time you put into it, the better you will get.
- Jumps – One of the things that probably drew you to the sport was watching people perform these crazy jumps on their bikes in the middle of a race. You can’t, and shouldn’t start with jumps this big. Get yourself comfortable on smaller jumps, getting used to straddling a 300 pound bike, while getting it to remain upright. You’ll need a considerable amount of arm strength, and some courage, but once you get it down it’s a ton of fun.
- Cornering – Going through those turns is a lot more than just speeding through as fast as you can. A rider that knows the best turning technique will most likely be at the front of the pack. Work on when to use the brake, the throttle, and what position your body should be in. If you can master this, you will be well on your way to winning some races.
- Whoops – For those of you not sure what a Whoop is, it is the small bumps arranged side by side, that you graze your bike across the top of as fast as you can. These can be one of the most difficult parts of the track, and they are typically where riders wipe out. Be careful when you are practicing them, and know that you’ll probably fall down the first few times at least.
- Rollers – These pose a similar challenge to Whoops, but they are less likely to wipe you out. Rollers tend to be flatter than whoops. They might not be as challenging as whoops, but that doesn’t mean you should be overconfident. Always take caution around them, and make sure you practice them just as much as any other area.
- Watch The Professionals – This is our last tip. In order to be like the best, you need to see what they are doing. Don’t just watch motocross races for the enjoyment, but to study what they are doing. How do they approach their turns? What position is their body in during a jump? Take notes, then practice what they do when you get back on the track. You don’t have to do everything exactly like them, see what works for you. However these guys have spent hundreds of hours perfecting their method, so chances are you could learn a thing or two from them.