25 Start Tips Of December - Day 1

The Importance Of Getting A Good Start

Photo by Shan Moore

When it comes to doing well in Supercross (or motocross), one of the keys to success is about getting a good start. Some insiders will even go so far as to say it’s 90-95% of the game. Of course, you have to be fast too, but putting yourself at or near the front of the pack after the start of the race certainly increases your chances of getting on the podium.

Dirt Rider recently spent a day with Justin Barcia at his practice compound in Greenville, Florida, working on an upcoming story for the April issue of Dirt Rider magazine called “The Art of the Start”. We also spent a day with off-road star Charlie Mullins at his place in Hickory, North Carolina. Barcia was the king of the holeshot in 2015, grabbing 11 Motosport.com Holeshot Awards during this year’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series, while Mullins is a former GNCC and National Enduro champ who gives us his tips on getting a good dead-engine start.

DR contributor Shan Moore picked the brains of these two powerhouse riders to find out the secrets behind their impressive start techniques. After collecting all the data, we decided we couldn’t just sit on this treasure trove of information until release date, so Dirt Rider is leaking part of the info on the web for you to implement into your own start routine.

Here’s tip #1:

The Importance Of Getting A Good Start

Justin Barcia:

“The speeds of the top riders are so close these days that I would say 90-95 percent of your success in a race depends on your start. I’ve been the fastest guy on the track on several occasions but the lap times are so close that if you get a bad start it’s difficult to make up that time. In 20 laps the race is over so quick, you just can’t do it. So the start is huge. To be in the top three, top five right off the bat is important, even sometimes being top five is tough to make up. You need to be in the fight from the beginning just to put yourself in the right position.”