1. Get a big skid plate. Some of the biggest challenges on an EnduroCross track are the things that can cause the most damage to your bike-namely, the massive boulders and sharp edges that litter the course. Attaching a skid plate to your ride can mean the difference between punching a hole in your engine case and qualifying for the night show. Additionally, a good skid plate will let the bike glide across logs and rocks rather than snag on them, which can slow you down or even put you over the bars. We've had a ton of success with Enduro Engineering's massive skid plate, which protects the side of the engine as well as the bottom of the frame. Sure, the thing gets a bit pummeled on the track, but that's what it's there for!2. Attach some solid handguards. You wouldn't believe the incredible toll that crashing in a rock garden can take on your controls. Unless you have a solid pair of handguards, you're practically inviting something to jump up and break your levers, perches or throttle tube. Do yourself (and your bike) a favor and find some quality handguards if you plan on racing EnduroCross. Not only will this save your little digits from getting wrecked when you tip over, but you can actually use bark buster-style handguards as a grab with which to pick up your machine when you tip over. Again, Enduro Engineering is a popular and smart choice, as coverage and solid mounting are both key to protecting this delicate part of your steed.