25 Start Tips Of December - Day 8

Stopping A Wheelie

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 #8:

Justin Barcia:

Stopping A Wheelie

When you get off the line well, there’s a certain spot where you want your wheel to hover above the ground and that allows you to get a little more traction to the rear wheel. If you can have a perfect launch and your front wheel hovers just above the ground usually that’s perfect, but if you start to get too much of a wheelie you’ve got to double clutch it and at that point you’ve pretty much lost the holeshot, because someone else is going to get a better drive. Ideally, you want to the front wheel to hove just above the ground but if a big wheelie does start you kind of clutch it a little and get the wheel back on the ground but that’s usually not going to end in a good start. The first 10 feet are so important just to get that fighting room in front of the other guy’s handlebar.