Top Tips by Justin Morris – Rutted Corners

Corners – One of the most important and most difficult parts of any motocross track. So to start this column I am going to talk and advise on rutted corners.
I have to pick one type of corner because I only have 200-300 words max for any column, to talk about all types of corners would take up pages and pages.

Approach

To get all corners correct it starts with the correct approach.
You must get yourself in the right body position. This means getting your head up and viewing the corner as far ahead as possible.
This allows you to select the right gear and the correct braking (both brakes 30% back 70% front)
Also it gives you chance to lean with the direction of the corner (ie if its a left hander to lean the body slightly left) still stood up this makes the corner easier to go around because if you go into a rut with your body upright you are more likely not to stay in the rut.
With the body in the correct position and with the front wheel now in the rut.

The Rut

With the front wheel now in the start of the rut and you lean with the turn and its time to think about where and when to sit.
I suggest to sit most of the time at the apex of the corner because you have more control on the pegs and most ruts more than not are quite rough for the first part due to the fact alot of people brake long into the turn causing braking bumps in the rut.
Sit to the front of the seat to make the forks work correctly and keep the leg high off the ground all the way around, if the foot hits the floor this will make your bike sit upright and you may come out the rut, try to keep smooth throttle control all the way around the turn this gives you good feel for the rear wheel and the bike is not jumpy to get throttle control you need to right gear!
Too low a gear and the bike will be to aggressive.
Too high a gear and the bike will need the use of the clutch because the bike will not have enough power to get around with smooth power.
Always a good idea to cover the clutch as much as possible just incase you need it or just to give a quick flick on exit to bring the engine more to life.

Getting your head up

I really advise to look as far forward in the turn as possible so you can spot not just the entry but the apex and of course the exit (remember that where you look you go)

Next month will be on flat turns and cambers.

Happy riding

Borris

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