Pro Riding Secrets 2011 Collection

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I'm a big fan of Dirt Rider's Pro Riding Secrets. I like reading them, I like writing them, and I like going to the track to try to apply them. For this special 2011 collection I've tried to mix in some basic tips that will help any rider, as well as some more advanced techniques that only the already-speedy riders will benefit from. We're going to hand them out one a day until December 25, similar to an advent calendar. But here at dirtrider.com you don't get a little sliver of chocolate each day, you get a tick or two off of your lap times. Check back each day from the first until the 25th. On that final day you'll get a really great approach on how to apply all of this information using some really unique riding drills, as well as a nice little interview to wrap the whole thing up.The racers have done their jobs-they've given pointers on various supercross and motocross track sections. But these are nothing but a collection of short, random interviews about dirt if you don't take your laptop or print up and take this information with you to the track and try to apply these techniques. Each rider is different, and often the pro racer I was talking to was not even consciously aware of what he was doing in some of the track sections until he and I examined the photos you see in this book. These riders are riding on instinct-some of it natural and some of it drilled into them from years of hard work. They've done their best to explain their moves, and you should use them as a suggestion, because your style (and speed level) might not work with their principles.But you need to try. Often just being conscious of what you're doing to that bike will wake up an understanding of how (and how fast) you and the machine navigate a corner or jump. Being aware actually adds to the fun of riding. And every once in a while, if you're doing things right, you'll feel all the pieces come together magically and you'll nail a section perfectly. I know, I've done it a few times, and one glorious time my buddy Z-man was actually behind me and saw it. I still ask him to talk about it with me sometimes. That's what riding joy is to me-tackling a piece of track as fast as any of the top pros could actually do it. Just make sure there aren't actually any top pros on the track, because it can be very disheartening when they smoke right past you during one of these moments.I also highly recommend riding schools or, better yet, private riding lessons with an instructor who knows proper technique, has the ability to analyze what you're doing wrong and can explain how to do it right. One former AMA champion, and I won't mention his name but his initials are G.ary S.emics, has a practice manual that costs about as much as the gas you'll burn up in a few motos. It illustrates the basic body positions on the bike about as well as anything I've seen. And I'd also recommend watching the top riders. I don't mean the pogo-show at supercross, I mean get out to an AMA outdoor national. Get right up at the track and spectate each moto from different sections. You can pick up a lot, and more importantly see what's possible by watching the best in the sport.And when you practice, take some time to actually practice. Don't just race your buddies around and around. That gets boring (unless you're dominating that day). Pull out these tips and concentrate on a few of them. Slow down, increase your skills and then dial the heat back up. You'll get better, and have more fun.