Motocrossing the corners.

James

Staff member
Here is the foot out toward the front wheel, weight shifted to the outside and pressure applied to the outside peg...
Here's a couple of my favorite corner pictures, showing form. Another thing, noticed how they look FORWARD and not down. Look to where you're going and not where you've been. :ride:







 
I seen one thing that spooks me with the motorcross technique. You're sticking your leg out there and if it gets caught or your bike goes down aren't you just asking for a busted leg?

I'm all for being fast in a corner but if it gets me hurt the extra 2 secs it took to take a corner is going to be nothing compared to not riding cause of a busted leg.
I meet a guy at the track that wears pads with a metal brace in them so if your leg gets cought you don't loose it.

i've been told that befor too CDA by and old schooler like you, that you put your weight on your inside peg when standing threw a corner I have also tried it and think that it seems to work well but needs some getting used to cuz you end up leaning with your bike or i am doing it wrong:lol:
 

James

Staff member
I seen one thing that spooks me with the motorcross technique. You're sticking your leg out there and if it gets caught or your bike goes down aren't you just asking for a busted leg?
Yes you can tweak your knee if you get it "caught" in the dirt. Your foot is all happy being the point man up by the front tire, until BAM it hits a rock/dirt clump/rut and now it's :cry: back by the rear tire. I wear the Asterisk knee braces to help prevent torn up knees. There's already been a couple times where it happened to me and I'm sure I would've torn something without them on.
I meet a guy at the track that wears pads with a metal brace in them so if your leg gets cought you don't loose it.
:thumb:
 
One thing to ALWAYS remember when cornering, you should either be on the brakes or on the gas you should NEVER be coasting. I am not a very good MX'r at all, but I did take Gary Semic's MX school a few years back to help me with my cornering and other bad habits that I was doing. he taught us #1 elbows up( if you have a nice space make a figure 8 to practice this drill) I would do figure 8's till I was ready to throw up plus they help you with your throttle control. the seat position and leg position have been covered as was the look through your turns not into them this will help you from cross rutting also, but you braking and acceleration is the key(this goes for street bikes also) you want the point of braking to where you hit the apex as short as possible then once at the apex it's back on the gas again. hope that makes sense I think I might of confused myself
 
One thing to ALWAYS remember when cornering, you should either be on the brakes or on the gas you should NEVER be coasting. I am not a very good MX'r at all, but I did take Gary Semic's MX school a few years back to help me with my cornering and other bad habits that I was doing. he taught us #1 elbows up( if you have a nice space make a figure 8 to practice this drill) I would do figure 8's till I was ready to throw up plus they help you with your throttle control. the seat position and leg position have been covered as was the look through your turns not into them this will help you from cross rutting also, but you braking and acceleration is the key(this goes for street bikes also) you want the point of braking to where you hit the apex as short as possible then once at the apex it's back on the gas again. hope that makes sense I think I might of confused myself
Nice!! Roost for ya:thumb: Can you go over the figure 8 drill:noidea:
 
Nice!! Roost for ya:thumb: Can you go over the figure 8 drill:noidea:
1st find a nice size level area, what we did was just started riding in a figure 8 to get it beat in so you can really see the fig8 laid out, you'll be able to determine the size of it I can't remember what he told us what it was to lay it out, once you got it laid out, start with riding it elbows up smooth throttle and looking through the turns, this will also help you with working on transfering your weight for the turns also, once you get used to and get a good line worn in you can start picking up the pace to practice you braking and acceleration techniques,plus it's good practice for riding ruts once it's really beat in
 
1st find a nice size level area, what we did was just started riding in a figure 8 to get it beat in so you can really see the fig8 laid out, you'll be able to determine the size of it I can't remember what he told us what it was to lay it out, once you got it laid out, start with riding it elbows up smooth throttle and looking through the turns, this will also help you with working on transfering your weight for the turns also, once you get used to and get a good line worn in you can start picking up the pace to practice you braking and acceleration techniques,plus it's good practice for riding ruts once it's really beat in
ive also heard about this figure 8 practice. my buddy was at pala and some KTM sponsored riders where there and they were telling him to do exactly this.
 
Seems this is an old thread but thought I would put my two cents in..

I attended a motocross school a while back and it helped Huge with my cornering.

I was told the most important thing about cornering is "lean angle" which is how far over from 90 degrees you can lean the bike. Also you want to have all your braking done BEFORE you enter the corner. That way you can focus on lean angle and getting back on the throttle.

My instructor literally had me do figure 8's all day one day. He also added two more cones which where my brake markers. Also when you are entering the corners you want to do all your braking while standing. When you lean in the corner make sure the out side elbow is up. Sitting as close to the gas cap as possible and leg out in front of the front wheel. Also you are shadowing both levers with at least one finger. Once you are In the corner, you turn your head to see the exit and as you past the apex "center of corner" you apply throttle. I literally spent two days on cornering alone, that is where you can make up time or lose it.

Hope I didn't confuse anybody.
 
I pretty much just back it in with the rear break...
so about probably two feet before the corner I get my foot on the rear break, shift my weight and then let off and put on the throttle...
thanks to dad!! haha got me this far!!
 
Just gotta share thi even though this thread commited sucide :prof:

1. come in appling front brake into the Apex of the berm or you sunk both tires in the rut
2. sit way up, weight your outside peg and get your inside leg out as far as possible
3. look ahead to your nex obstacle
4. lay it over and pin it out, if you get shakey or begin to lose control, apply more gas

TIP! Always have 1 or 2 fingers on levers at all times! As so-
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Just gotta share thi even though this thread commited sucide :prof:

1. come in appling front brake into the Apex of the berm or you sunk both tires in the rut
2. sit way up, weight your outside peg and get your inside leg out as far as possible
3. look ahead to your nex obstacle
4. lay it over and pin it out, if you get shakey or begin to lose control, apply more gas

TIP! Always have 1 or 2 fingers on levers at all times! As so-
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like the pic! that's you right?
 
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