Moto Tip | Plan Your Path & Coast Into Corners
Welcome to the new Answer Racing Moto Tips feature! Answer Racing has been producing the highest-quality motocross and off-road gear since 1976, and this month launched its new line of 2020 apparel. With riders like Alex Martin, Kyle Peters, Ryan Villopoto, Nick Wey, and Mike Sleeter flying the Answer flag, there is a wealth of knowledge and know-how when it comes to riding a dirt bike efficiently and effectively in the Answer camp. Each week, Answer will bring you some riding tips to help you become better at the sport you love! Have a specific skill you’d like to improve? Comment below and we will cover it in a future post!
The importance of choosing the right line, hitting your marks with braking, and maintaining momentum through a turn cannot be overstated. It’s a technique that some riders seem to struggle with, as they mistakenly lock up the brakes upon entry and smash the gas at the exit of the corner, but those that master the method of coasting in and rolling out are rewarded with faster lap times. This is something Tyler Bowers knows all about, because as one of the bigger riders in the 450 Class, it’s difficult to dig his way out of these situations. We asked TB to share some words of advice for you to keep in mind the next time you’re putting in motos at the track.
“When you’re charging sections, scrubbing jumps, and accelerating down straightaways, especially during your fast laps, you have to be careful when you’re going into corners.”
“Maybe you need to get on the brakes earlier or coast into the section more, but the way you carry the momentum into the rut and going through the turn in a sweeping motion will have a huge impact on your exit speed.”
“Know the line that you want to take and stay in it because a sudden direction change is going to slow you down or could even cause a crash.”
“There’s nothing worse than coming into a corner on a bad path, hitting the apex, and sticking the bike in the mud or rut. There are plenty of times where you could actually carry more speed into the corner, but when you hit that apex and bury the bike, you lose all of the momentum. Being a heavier guy, I have to have more speed when going into corners that way I can carry it all the way around the corner and out to the exit, because I will have a harder time pulling myself out if I get ‘stuck’ in the turn.”