Motocross Practice Strategies
Miscellaneous Motocross Riding Technique
If you're already at the pro level and have all the absolute techniques of motocross (The Gary Semics Motocross Practice Manual) programmed into your automatic riding style you're pass the info below. But if you're like most and not to this level, read on.
The most important training for a motocross rider is practice on the bike, especially before top pro level. So you need to get in as much quality practice time as possible. When you are too tired to ride you need to recover so you can ride again. This means that supplement training should be very little and very light, more of a recovery training.
The four types of practice you should do are:
1. Practice certain techniques that you need to improve on, slowly at first and add speed as you progress.
2. Motos as long or a little longer as your races.
3. Sprint laps, as fast as possible until you begin to tire or slow.
4. Repetition practice of certain parts of the track. Do it fast and perfectly over and over again.
Ride as many different tracks as possible with fast riders when possible. This is very, very important. Be smart when practicing and always have strategies in mind, some things that you are working on for that day like; looking further ahead, keep upper body loose for quick reflexes and body movements, riding on the balls of your feet, good over-grip for accelerating or whatever you think you need to improve on the most. Of course race on the weekends when there is a good place to race. Remember to keep your enthusiasm high.
What's the ideal amount of practice per week? This may change a little week to week because of circumstances beyond your control but on average I say the best schedule before top pro level is 4 days practice and one day race. If the races are more than one day you can delete one practice day. For top pros I believe it's 2 or 3 practice days per week. Two reasons are; 1 they already have all the proper techniques programmed into there nervous system and 2 they're race day practice and motos are longer.
Remember to be coachable and take older people’s advice who know what they are talking about and are trying to help you. Don’t take people’s advice who are trying to tell you how to race when they haven’t been there and done that, they usually don’t know what they are taking about and they may mislead you.
Oh yea, and don’t make excuses even if they are real good ones, no body including potential sponsors and other riders want to hear excuses.
I hope this helps. Ride smart, have fun, keep an attitude of gratitude and you can't go wrong.
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