Maintaining a Lead

Let’s be honest now.  If RV2 wouldn’t have crashed himself out of the series, the 2010 Supercross Championship would look very different.  Ryan Dungey did a great job of staying consistent and maintaining a drive to keep him on the podium.  Winning championships at that level takes ridiculous talent and skill.  With all of that winning, both of these guys know how to maintain a lead and keep it; each and every week.

One thing that I notice between champions and contenders are that the champs never look back.  They are not concerned about what is behind them.  They are focused on what is ahead of them and keep their vision on the next obstacle.  Even when practicing, looking back throws me off rhythm.  You cannot expect to race forward if you’re always thinking about the people behind you.  Like I said last week, you want to race the track and block out the competitors.  Not to say that Mike Alessi is a bad rider, but when I watch him race, I can tell he looks behind him more than most riders.  I’m not saying this is the reason why he hasn’t won a championship, but RV2 and RD5 don’t really look back….

When you have a nice lead on 2nd place, guarding the inside is not the best idea.  Sure, you are closing the door, but it is pointless when you have the option of taking your normal line.  However, once things get tighter, a lot of times, the inside line is usually a good passing option.  Keeping the other rider on the outside of you allows you to choose between the inside or outside.  This gives you the option to sweep out and block them from passing you.

Obviously, practicing this can be somewhat tough.  Each race situation is different and anything can happen.  However, just be aware of where the rider is behind you and keep your line.  Riding defensively can sometimes slow you down, so just keep concentrating and racing ahead.

Posted on May 14 2010, under Riding Techniques, Training | No Comments »

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