What To Practice At The Motocross Track
If you are serious about winning mx races, you need to know what to practice at the motocross track when you are riding. We will aim to bring you the best information possible so you can better your results on your race weekends. As they say, practice makes perfect, this definitely applies to motocross racing, but most importantly you need to know what techniques to practice, the correct method for practicing them, and be prepared to knuckle down and improve your dirt bike riding skills.
This post will serve as a index to some of the most important techniques to practice at the motocross track, covering the basic skills, with links to the dedicated technique pages, plus some extremely useful resources to help you improve your motocross riding.
The Techniques To Practice For Motocross
The techniques to practice for motocross can be broken down into the following categories (with reference material and further reading / viewing at the very bottom):
- Practice Using The Break And Clutch Levers On Your Motocross Bike
- Elbow Position
- How To Grip The Throttle
- Body Position On The Motocross Bike
- Foot Position On The Foot Pegs
- Feet / Leg Position For Corners
- Where To Focus Whilst Riding A Dirt Bike
- Braking Techniques For Motocross
- Using The Rear Brake When Not Stopping For Corners
- When And When Not To Use The Clutch
- More Information On What To Practice At The Motocross Track
Practice Using The Break And Clutch Levers On Your Motocross Bike
This may seem self explanatory, but you want using your break and clutch levers to be second nature whilst on your motocross bike (along with every other action). Practice, as they say, makes perfect. If you are new to motocross, take the time to get accustomed to the position of all 3 levers (yes even the foot break!). Adjust if required, to make it more comfortable or effective. You want it so reaching for the breaks or clutch in a hurry takes no effort, you should instinctively know how to use your controls.
On different tracks or terrain the controls will behave different. Different weather conditions will see you locking up the breaks where in the dry you had no issues. Using the controls on your dirt bike in the air is another aspect that requires practice.
One common mistake is not “covering” the brake or clutch lever when required, and just grabbing them when required. This split second delay can get you in trouble – better to have a finger or 2 covering the front levers at all times, that way you can use them as soon as you need to.