How to 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 (The 55 Absolute 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 MX Conditioning DVD. 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.