Had my racing debut this past Sunday at age 34. Bought my 2000 426 in April, first MX bike ever owned. Had about a half dozen practice sessions under my belt. Survived, didn't get lapped (despite wipeout in 2nd lap of first moto and stalling it at the gate 2nd moto). Learned many valuable lessons, especially from the esteemed Boit whom I was able to hook up with via this website. My knowingly improper turning technique, but all I could muster at this stage, was to pull in the clutch and downshift while entering a turn, coast the turn, and feather out the clutch while gassing it coming out of the turn. Boit told me about downshifting without the clutch, using the engine braking, and rolling the throttle through the turn. Is this the technique most of you guys are using? What are the limitations to this, or can you downshift with no clutch whenever you want to as long as you aren't on the gas? Is this done only for the purpose of engine braking? Thanks again to Boit for putting up with my rookie questions Sunday and being very helpful. Seems most of the regulars at the track were very accomodating and encouraging to me on my first time out. Hope to be able to keep up with the pack next time.