Motocross Basics – For Beginners

It’s crucial that you learn of the mentioned basics if you are be true motocross drivers. Carefully read our suggestions and remember, training is everything.

Body Positioning

Each technique section has a full description of the proper body position that a rider should use such as: how to position your body around a corner, the basic attack position, how jumps affect your body position, when to sit and stand, how to get used to accelerating while standing, and how to use body positioning to allow for maximum drive out of the starting gate. Body positioning is covered for cornering, jumping, whoops, holeshot, passing, and all types of terrain.

Braking Techniques

One thing you must learn to do properly when riding motocross is use the front and back brakes. Of course, the brakes are used for stopping the bike, but they are also a primary part of many other skills like cornering, jumping, and the whoops. Braking is the main source of control for a new rider, and if you do it the right way it can even help you win a race! This section will show you the ins and outs of both the front and back brakes.

Conditions & Terrain

Each section covers how to handle all types of tracks and conditions including mud, sand, hardpack, marbley, and many more, but we’ve also compiled this general list of just about every type of terrain or condition you will ever encounter. Here you’ll find descriptions and tons of tips (including bike setup tips) on how to handle all different types of track environments and obstacles.

Cornering Techniques

Cornering for beginners completely covers the basics of cornering. You’ll learn exactly how, when, and where to corner. We’ll show you the right times to stand up, sit down, stick your leg out, brake, accelerate, and lean the bike in a corner. Plus, we will cover some techniques for recovering from unexpected obstacles and mistakes made while cornering.

Holeshot Secrets

Everyone wants to be in the top spot around that first corner, and with these tricks it can very possibly be you! We’ll cover everything you need to know such as; how the starting gate operates, how to pick your line, gear selection, how the card works, and what to expect at the start of each race. We’ll even tell you how to get the first pick on the gate in your first moto.

How to Begin Racing

Although motocross is rapidly gaining great popularity, it is still sort of an underground sport which can seem tough to get into. For instance, you can look up “motocross tracks” in your local yellow pages and you probably won’t find any listings at all. If you are just getting into the world of motocross you probably have a lot of questions that you may not have the answers to. Here we’ll let you in on everything you’ve wanted to know, but had nobody to ask, about the sport. Know how to score a moto-style race? Find out here. Want to learn how to properly mix oil and gasoline? We’ll tell you how in this section, plus tons of other stuff and we also have rider e-mail support. So if you have any further questions we are at your finger tips.

Jumping Techniques

Jumping on your dirtbike can be one of the most amazing things about riding. It is a feeling unlike any other, and if done properly and safely it can help you win a race. It is best to practice jumping quite a bit before ever trying it out in a race. You can start small, and we recommend attempting some singles before moving up in difficulty, but don’t be afraid to take a risk. If you don’t push yourself to go higher and farther then you probably never will. There are several different types of jumps that you will have to tackle at the track and each has its own techniques. Here you will find descriptions of the common jumps you will run into and our tips on how to clear them. Plus, we show you the absolute fastest way to improve your jumping skills and how to correct any mid air mistakes.

Passing Techniques

At some point in every race there will come a time when you want to pass another rider. Even if you are in the lead from the very beginning of the race, there may be lappers that you have to pass. Passing can be a difficult skill to master since it requires close contact with another rider, so use caution, but don’t be afraid to be aggressive. You will never win a race by following the guy in front of you! We’ll show you how to be aggressive without being reckless and also how to tackle some of the harder passing techniques such as passing in corners, passing while jumping, and passing in the whoops.

Practice & Training

Without the proper practice and training even the best riders get out of shape and lose their edge. If you are a beginner it is especially important to get comfortable on your bike and on the track before you can take the win in a race. We show you how to train and prepare yourself for your first race, your last race, and all the races in between. Here we also show you practicing techniques that will make you fast as quickly as possible.

Throttle Control

Each riding technique from cornering to whoops has different tricks to throttle control such as: how to accelerate out of the starting gate, how to accelerate over jumps, and what to do when you get into trouble in the air. You’ll find these tips and a ton more in each individual section.

Tackling Whoops

When learning to race, one of the most challenging things to master is whoops, and that is just what they are designed to be. Whoops are simply a series of large or small bumps in the track. They are the “sandtrap” of motocross, specifically placed in the course to break a riders speed and momentum, and add technical difficulty to the terrain. There are several types of whoops and many ways to go about handling them. In this section we show you what to expect, the safest way to navigate through these tricky sections and of course the fastest.

Shifting Techniques

Our Beginner Basics section covers the basics on how to shift from where the shift lever is to actually changing gears and getting moving. In the Speed Shifting section, you’ll learn what speed shifting is, how to do it, and we will take you step by step to work your way up to this technique in the fastest and safest manner.

Your First Race

You’ve studied, trained, and practiced, now it’s time for your first race. This section will show you exactly what to expect at the track, and what to do from the time you enter the track gates to the time your races end. This section will cover arriving at the track, sign in, track courtesy, track rules, racing safety, what the flags mean and what flaggers do, how to spend time before practice, how practice works, riders meeting, how the starting gate works, scoring, and a whole lot more. A lot of new racers don’t have any idea what to expect when they venture out to a race for the first time, but you won’t have to worry since you will already know.

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