4. When the bike becomes airborne, Lafferty extends his legs and lets the rear drop under his body. The extension will allow him to use the angle to soak up the landing with his legs as well as the bike's suspension. On drop-offs, you always want to land rear wheel first. As the rear begins to make contact, especially if you're landing in sand, apply some power to keep the bike driving forward. If the landing area is soft and the rider touches down without any drive to the rear wheel, the tires can dig into the soil and lunge the rider forward and possibly over the bar.