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We know racing can be expensive, so it is important to make the most out of your race weekend. Here a former professional breaks down a few simple things that you can do before, during and after the event to improve your racing and your results. All of this is simple, yet effective, which actually mirrors the way that your riding style should be.
Before The Weekend
Check The Weather: Checking the weather beforehand can really help you prepare for the weekend. Take a look in the week leading up to the event but be sure to check it a few days before to ensure no surprises. You can then make sure your google prep, tyre choice and riding gear is on point!
Sleep And Fuel Well: Getting enough sleep is crucial for athletic performance. Studies have shown that a good night's sleep can improve speed, accuracy, awareness and reaction times so make sure you get a good night sleep in the days leading up to your race. Most people need around 7-9 hours of sleep a night but the key is consistency, get on a regular schedule and go to bed and get up at the same time every day. It is also wise to avoid alcohol and caffeine two or three days before a race as this too can disrupt your sleep.
A good training diet will help motocross riders to increase mental clarity and reflexes. Your diet should include adequate carbohydrates help you maintain stamina during a race. It is also important to stay hydrated before, during and after your race weekend, especially in hot conditions!
During The Event
Walk The Track: It is important to understand the track before you set out riding so get out on the track and watch other classes and see how the lines are forming, this will give you an opportunity to see the track develop and understand which lines are likely to be quicker. MXGP riders like Jeremy Seewer, Max Anstie and Antonio Cairoli are known to watch the MX2 races to see how lines emerge during the race. They'll also be looking to understand passing opportunities and any areas where braking bumps etc could catch them out.
It's also a great opportunity to watch the gate drop and understand which gate is likely to help you get the holeshot. The general rule dictates that the inside or shortest line to the first corner which will improve your chances of a holeshot, but there is no better proof than watching other races to confirm this.
Network: Let's face it: Motocross can be an expensive sport! So sponsorship, in any form, can be a really great way of helping you get out on track. The potential for sponsorship is never greater than when you are at the track so speak to people, introduce yourself and you never know your next title sponsor could be sat right next to you in the pits. There are other ways to increase your chances of getting sponsorship. Keep reading to check them out below!
After The Event
So the racing is done! It's easy to think the hard work is over, but there are a few simple things you can do that will help your racing.
Use Social Media: After the racing is finished it's important to let people know how you did and with social media this can be easily done. Making sure you have your social media accounts set up, looking professional and kept updated with regular information could be the most important thing you do to maximise your chances of getting sponsorship! Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all important platforms to help you get your name out there to current and future sponsors. Updates don't need to be long, but be consistent and honest and you can't go wrong. If there are photographers at the event they will probably be selling images of you that can really help boost your profile. Businesses who sponsor you will be expecting a return on their investment so your use of social media can really help here.
Thank Your Sponsors: Remember to thank your sponsors! It doesn't matter if it's a local business or simply your Mum and Dad, they all help to make it easier for you to race. Remember to thank them, either in person or via social media.
The Big Clean-Up: Let's face it! Nobody enjoys this part, but it's an important part of making sure you are all set to go for the next race weekend. It's important to keep your equipment in top condition and it will save you money in the long run so get the pressure washer out and the washing machine on and you'll be looking fresh when you step out on track next weekend!
There you have it… A few tips to help you get the most out of your time on the bike this weekend! Remember, most importantly, enjoy yourself and have fun!
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