Top Tips: Mind and Machine

Staying on the right track

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Motocross is one of the most demanding sports in the world. The combination of rough terrain and length of races demands a lot from not only your bike, but your mind and body as well. With the current state of performance training and top-line bike performance, it's more important than ever to spend time on pre-track preparation to find the most success on the track. We compiled a few tips to help you get on the right track and get more from your body and bike come race day.

Training

Anyone who has raced motocross knows how physically demanding it can be. Riding through thick ruts, hitting downhill jumps, slamming on the breaks before entering a turn and racing in bad weather all wears your body down and can lead to poor decision making and your body breaking down on the track. Spending time off of the track working on strength training, cardio and also flexibility will go a long way to help you find the success you are looking for.

Not only will you be racing for an extended period of time trying to keep your bike upright, but the wear and tear from wearing boots, gloves, a helmet, a chest protector and a neck brace cannot be understated as a factor in fatiguing quicker without the proper training. If you focus on these three areas of your physical preparation, you will see an increase in your performance and ability to race harder and for a longer period of time.

Maintenance

Unless you are a sponsored rider, most of us don't have the pleasure of racing a new bike every year so, because of this and the toll motocross puts on the bike, it is imperative to perform proper maintenance and prepare your bike regularly. Here are a couple tips.

– Air Filters: Clean your air filters to keep dirt particles from getting into your engine. Wash with water and let them air dry and lubricate with filter oil before reattaching.

– Sprockets: Always check sprockets for wear and rust. If you see it's curled or has broken teeth, it is time for a new sprocket.

– Bike Chain: Bike chains loosen up from time to time, so make sure the chain is adjusted regularly as well as lubed to keep from rusting. If the chain begins to rust it makes the engine work harder and sacrifices performance.

– Pipes: Regularly clean pipes of dirt and excess oil, as well as check for any rust beginning to form.

– Oil: Change your engine oil to keep the engine cool and decrease friction. Old oil collects and contaminates, which decreases performance and can cause your bottom or top end to seize.

– Bearings: Make sure to check bearings and their lubrication. It's vital to the smoothness of turning your bike. No lube, no turning.

Most importantly, wash your bike. Simply hosing it down after riding will wash away loose dirt and mud and is the simplest way to keep your bike running. There you have it, just a few tips to keep in mind when you prepare for your motocross season. Get out there!

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