After the lesson Marty had me write down the areas I had to work on. He told me to keep that list with me and look at it every time I ride. Now I’m working on becoming a better rider every time I climb on a bike. It was a fantasy camp experience to get to ride with Marty Smith, but I came away most impressed by his “less is more” teaching principle. Once these basics are instinctive to me, I’ll be ready for another lesson with Marty, and the next step forward.Marty offers semi-private lessons and group classes, too. And at the other end of the spectrum he’ll take a student on for a week of intense instruction at various Southern California tracks, which includes a week of bench racing with the champ between rides. My advice-and I’m stealing from Marty’s playbook-is keep it simple. Sign up for one private lesson. Bring an open mind, pen and paper, and definitely a camera.Marty Smith MX Clinic
Private class: $350
Semi-private class: $250
Group class: $225
Summer camp: $1300
619.659.0273Look for part two of our three-part Motocross School series in an upcoming issue of DR, where we take you through a two-day intensive moto workshop with Sbastien Tortelli’s Champ Factory Motocross School.Speeducation
Videos, books and interactive web programs are also a great (and much less expensive) way to learn proper riding technique. Some of the most popular videos come from Gary Bailey and Gary Semics. Semics also has an invaluable Practice Manual that I’ve recommended to many people-for the cost of a few gallons of gas it can tell you just about everything you need to know. These learning aids have their limitations but should be seen as the first step toward your speeducation.