25 Start Tips Of December - Day 2

Picking Your Gate

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 #2:

Justin Barcia:

Picking Your Gate

First of all, you’ve got to concentrate on qualifying well – it starts there. That gives you a good choice at a gate pick. If I get a good qualifying pick I like to pick an inside gate and one that’s as straight and lined up with the first turn as possible. If I get a bad qualifying pick I either get way inside or way outside. If I’m not one of the top three or four to pick a gate I move more to the inside just so if I do get the jump I can hold those guys off who are on the outside of me.