Develop Motocross Control and Speed

Here’s some footage of our Motocross School Track in Lisbon, OH.  As most of you know I’ve made a living training motocross riders how to go fast.  I just made another discovery (July 17, 2013) reconfirming what I have always taught.  In order to develop motocross control and speed, you first, have to master all the basic techniques (All the Techniques of Motocross).  How did I reconfirm this fact?  Well, after I won the 50 Masters class at Loretta’s last year I haven’t ridden much.  I’d say maybe about once a week on average.  But I did stay in shape doing cardio and lifting weights, especially last winter and spring as I produced my 2nd Motocross Conditioning video.   I’ve done this type of training for so long that’s it’s become a regular routine in my life.

Recently I’ve been helping 3 riders get ready for this year’s race at Loretta’s (Jacob Williamson, Mario Testa and Jordan Weber) all in B classes.  I was getting a little frustrated lately because I couldn’t hang with them on the track.  I was feeling off balance in many of the corners.  All of my once a week riding for the last several months has been doing motos with no technique practice.  I figured I should be good with all the techniques.  Well, long story short, I wasn’t.  After doing some technique practice I realized I was giving up the brakes too early entering the corners.  At first when I practiced braking deeper into the corners it wasn’t working very well because I would slow up too much at the critical transition part of the corners.  I had no problem braking hard when I first shut the throttle off but I was continuing to brake too hard as I got further into the corner.  So I would give up the brakes too early in order to compensate for not braking lighter – longer. After I realized this I was able to correct it and control the brakes perfectly all the way up to the transition where I would start using the clutch and throttle.  After practicing this in 5 corners for a total of 15 minutes my cornering problems were solved in my 2nd 25 minute moto.  Two days before this Jordan was pulling me by about 3 seconds a lap, now we were even.

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