Moto Tips | Repetition Through Sections
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A recent visit to Millsaps Training Facility gave us a chance to watch the elite of riders, a group that includes longtime MTF resident/Fire Power Parts Honda manger Martin Davalos guide guys through part of their routine. Davalos has learned plenty in his decade-plus at the southern Georgia training spot, including the importance of “doing sections” during the occasional practice day.
Working on sections is important because there is always something you can improve, either with your technique, line choice, or bike setup. The point isn’t to always about being faster; there should be times when you focus on things like trying different lines and going through without hitting the clutch, repetitions that don’t require a stopwatch.
If you’re at a public track and want to hit the same spot, think about safe places to enter and exit, be aware of other riders putting in their laps, and maybe even see it’s okay the manger or crew.
When you are trying to eliminate crashes, a lot of it comes down to body positioning or bad habits. Mistakes come back when you get uncomfortable, and that’s when you should resort back to the fundamentals and repetitions. If something is going wrong, try to focus on one thing and not get distracted by too many others.
For example, leaning back too much takes weight and balance off the front-end, which makes the bike hard to control. For that, you should spend an entire moto or practice session with the goal of not making that mistake and keeping your head directed forward.
The point of doing practice sections or entire motos with no brakes or clutch isn’t to be faster. It’s so that you learn the feeling of the motorcycle and know what it does in certain circumstances.