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Moto Tip | S-Turns



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, 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!

S-Turn. Chicane. Double corner. Switchback. Whatever you call two consecutive turns that are in opposite directions, sort of like the one at the Daytona Supercross shown here with Charles Lefrancois, this advice from Nick Wey will help you get through them with speed and skill. 

When you come into an S-turn, it’s better to give up speed in the first bend. If you attack the turn and hit it too aggressively, you could actually end up being slower in the second turn and disrupt your pace for the whole section.

It’s more important to get through the second turn without any issues, that way you can maintain momentum and carry speed into the next part of the track.

As always, it’s important to grip the bike with your legs and engage your core muscles when you twist through the turns. This will help you maintain control of the bike as it goes from side to side and is at an angle.

You need to be smooth on the throttle and brakes because too much of either will disrupt the bike. Gradually apply the brakes to slow down during corner entry, keep a finger on the clutch, and roll the throttle on when needed.  

Since you’ll be turning twice, it’s especially important to look ahead and pick the places you will pivot in the corner, then spot the exit.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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