|There are a great many attributes that make for a good
bike rider and the best dirt bike riders are those who can
combine the skills it takes. One of the most important things
you need to become one of the few good dirt bike riders is the
right temperament. You need to combine confidence with
humility. That is, you need the confidence to be brave and take
a different line; otherwise you won’t be overtaking the leading
riders but you also need to be careful not to become over
confident. Over confidence invariably leads to rash decisions
and reckless riding and eventually dirt bike accidents. It’s a
fine line, but it’s a line you need to riding on to be
Skills dirt bikers need to master.
Apart from having the right attitude to racing you obviously
need the riding skills that set you apart from the rest of the
pack. Balance, agility and a very good knowledge of racing
lines. A very good tip is to walk the track before you race it;
this will give you a valuable insight into the racing line and
the jumps on the track. As an extension of this, it is also
very helpful if you can see a couple of riders on the track so
you can learn from their mistakes and also learn from what they
do well. Combine all of this and you will have gained a good
track knowledge and an insight into what will serve you well
when you’re racing.
Practice sessions provide you with an exceptional opportunity
to learn a few more tips and tricks of the course. Not every
course is the same and not every starting gate is the same.
Wait for the other racers to start so you have a little room
and have a couple of practice goes at the start. Work out the
gear and line you need to take out of the gates. It might just
give you that all important lead from the very start.
Use the first lap of your practice session to ride around at a
reasonable pace, but not too fast; everything will look a lot
different from the back of your bike that it did when you were
walked the track earlier. Don’t just look at the line you are
riding, have a good look around, see if there are better lines
to follow and work out the best lines for the jumps.
Hit the first corner well and you can set yourself up for the
rest of the race. Getting a good kick from the gates can put
you in a strong position that will see you near the front few
riders. Once you’ve beaten the start, you need to make sure you
can hold on to your strong position and don’t throw it away by
getting caught up in the fray that always surrounds.
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