Making Passes

Anaheim has came and passed once again.  It is great to finally have some racing back on and each class looks to be very tight, if everyone stays healthy.  Something that caught my attention was that some of the riders were commenting that the track was a little difficult to pass on.  Yet, James Stewart moved up and made his way to the podium.  Finding a way around the rider in front of you requires a little creativity and planning.

One of the best times to make a pass on another rider is at the beginning of the race.  The first lap is usually pretty tight and riders are still bunched up.  Simple line changes can make a huge difference when a line gets clogged with too many people.  For example, some tight inside ruts may be a faster line at your track, but taking the outside might sling shot you around the traffic jam.

Once everyone has spread out, the same rules apply.  You never want to follow the leader’s exact lines.  If you are doing what he is doing, you will never make a pass.  If he takes the outside, come into the inside and try to sweep out to cut him off.  You don’t need to take him out and be a dirty rider, but you just need to show a wheel and make sure he knows that you have the line.  Again, if he goes inside, try to rail around the outside.

Getting creative can get a little tricky on tracks that don’t have elaborate rhythm sections, but hitting braking bumps at a different angle or squaring up a corner to avoid rough lines can make a life easier.  When the track gets rougher, the more creative you have to be, so look to the edges of the track and try to find the smoothest line possible.  Although it is not the main line, it will probably be faster because you can maintain your speed easier.  Plus you will save more energy for later laps.

Having a plan of attack is also important as well.  If you have time, watch for areas where the front runner is struggling.  Maybe he is not jumping a double that you are.  If that is the case, stay as close as possible to him and make your pass over the double.  You might just have more drive out of one corner than he does; all of these subtleties can be the difference between 1st and 2nd.  Like Ricky Bobby always says, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

Posted on Jan 13 2011, under Riding Techniques | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Making Passes”

  1. Hi! love this blog, but it can be a little hard to get all of you’re great tips together to a good training schedule, i would love if you could write a whole week training schedule for motocross, that would be really awesome! Just a little suggestion! 🙂

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