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Why you're not cornering as fast as you could be! (Video)

Posted by Gary Semics , January 19, 2015 · 6,491 views

Miscellaneous Motocross Riding Technique
Why you're not cornering as fast as you could be! (Video) Here are two basic tips that will help you increase your motocross corning speed. They're are not difficult, but as many as 90% of c riders don't do them! If you want to win, mastering cornering techniques is crucial.

This video demonstrates the common differences between a C and B rider. Learn about corning techniques and more from my free riding tips and Technique DVDs and Streams at:http://www.motocrossdvds.com

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I was wondering what you meant by setting up on the outside? A wider approach or were you talking about body position??
Gary Semics
Jan 23, 2015 06:03 AM

I was referring to entering the corner from the outside of the straight-away. This entry line will set you up better for carrying more speed into and through the corner. 

for just outdoor motocross.

when is the best time to sit in a corner? after you already set up and begin turning?

also when is the best time to get your inside leg out, after or as you begin to sit?


when you are coming into the corner with another racer do you want to be on the inside or the outside?

Gary Semics
Mar 16, 2015 02:05 PM

for just outdoor motocross.

when is the best time to sit in a corner? after you already set up and begin turning?

also when is the best time to get your inside leg out, after or as you begin to sit?


When it's really bumpy you should stand until the transition part of the corner (this is where you go from braking to accelerating). When it's relatively smooth it's about 1/4 of the way into the corner. Get your inside leg out right after you sit. In right bermed (rutted) corners it is important to get your inside leg out quickly so you can lean the bike into the berm. 

Gary Semics
Mar 16, 2015 02:05 PM

when you are coming into the corner with another racer do you want to be on the inside or the outside?

Most of the time it's best to be on the inside. 

Bryan Bosch
Mar 18, 2015 04:44 AM

Test comment. Please reply if you see this Gary.

Gary Semics
Mar 18, 2015 05:06 AM

Test comment. Please reply if you see this Gary.

Yes Bryan it's working. Thanks. 

I have a question about taking a bumpy sand corner:
If the corner is more of a sweeping turn, when there's always these big sand bumps, as if the turn looks more like a turning whoop section.
It's impossible to sit. I can understand that. But how do you keep the momentum through the turn?

I try to lift the front wheel between each and every bump to go with a light front wheel, but I tend to get stuck on the uppside of each one and in worst case I almost go over the handlebar because of the sudden decrease of speed.
When I look at better riders, they seem to just go on the top of the bumps and still manage to turn and keep the momentum. How? I can't get that speed if I almost stop at every bump.
If I try to enter with more speed and with more determnination  I more or less just go straight out and doesn't get my bike to lean and it feels like I have no time to turn.

What do I do wrong, or perheps anything I don't do? :-) t.i.a.

Gary Semics
Mar 25, 2015 06:00 AM

Rob, I understand what you're saying. The answer is the feelings and reactions of balance and timing. You have to consider how long you're been practicing motocross...sand...whoops...est. Those faster riders have been putting in the time in order to get to that level. Knowing the techniques is the first step, practicing them is another and practicing them long enough to be able to preform them well is yet another. Let me know if you think you are lacking in some techniques regarding this section??? 


I hope this helps,


Thanks for your reply Gary.
I think that it's my time of riding over all, as I'm now starting my third year riding motocross. I do ride and practice a lot and don't see myself as a newbie when I mostly have the speed to clear all the jumps on a track. And here where I ride, its common to devide slower riders and faster riders into two different practicing heats (mostly 30 min each) and last fall I started to ride in the fast group.
I love the sand tracks that are both technical and require stamina. It's just that little small thing about those faster sweeping turns where I lose my flow and momentum.
I've been asking other riders about tips, but the most common answer is just, "go faster" or "harder on the throttle". I guess there is some truth in that, but I don't even know what and how to practice to go faster through these turns. I've watched videos and read about "how to" techniques, but most of them is like your video in this thread, how to take a corner, where to brake and accelerate and so on. None really fits my problem. :-)
What I try to have in mind when practicing these turns is: Light front wheel, keep the bike steady with my knees, not to get to far back so I'm still able hold my elbows up and stand on the balls of my feet.
One thing I'm not sure about is if I should have more pressure on the inside foot peg or outside foot peg or equal pressure on both while standing through these turns?
And is there any technique I can practice to get the bike to lean while bouncing through these bumps? It feels like that's one part of my problem.

Gary Semics
Mar 26, 2015 04:25 AM


Yes, those 2 things you mentioned should help. Weight the inside footpeg a little more and lean your upper body a little to the inside, both footpeg and leaning very slightly. Make sure to loft the front wheel just over each sand whoop, not just to the top of each one but slightly over each one. Let me know how this works out for you. 

Hi Gary!
I just wanted you to let you know that, during my third day on the sand track since the snow disappeared, I finally got some progression.
I soon discovered that it helped by mainly keep my weight on the inside footpeg, and while trying to lean my body I got a "wow experience" when I think about how I hold my shoulders. Just by moving the outer shoulder a bit forward and even slightly towards the inside, (like if I let my outer shoulder be curious and show the way, if you know what I mean.), I got a better angle on my upper body and the bike followed and turned.
As I countinued to practice it, I also got more relaxed and got my look further ahead which also helped.
Now I'm looking forward to going to the sand track today for some more practice.
Thanks for your help!

Gary Semics
Apr 08, 2015 05:14 AM

Hey Rob that's great. You are feeling the benefits of proper technique. Learn to focus your attention on what you are wanting to accomplish and you will continue to improve. 


Best of luck to you, 


Thanks for the video Gary!  I look forward to practicing this at my next track day.  As it stands right now, falling down in corners seems to be my thing.  Either I blow the berm and end up going off the track or I do "something" ( I don't know what) that has my bike bite into the dirt and me combat rolling off the other side....I've a ton of seat time on sportbikes (completely different animal, I know) and have some moderate seat time on a dirt bike out in the open desert but MX is new to me.  I handle my bike (for the most part) quite safely and take jumps, etc.  But the cornering is really beating me up...so, I'm hoping to use your techniques to improve and then hopefully the rest will slowly begin to follow...:)

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