“We used to have to kickstart the bikes, but the new bikes don’t have kickers, so we use the start button. We run the Super-B lithium battery, and that helps a lot because they turn the motor over faster. KTM Factory Services does our engines, and they do a little work internally to help it start easier too. We also have a switch that turns the computer on before the bike is started, which means it doesn’t have to ‘think’ when you hit the start button.
“So, basically, I get to my gate, I get the rut packed, then they wave a flag to tell everyone to shut their engines down. At that point I’ll click my bike into second. Then I’ll hold the clutch in and I’ll kill it with the kill switch. After that, I like to rock the bike back and forth a few times so it breaks the clutch loose. Then I rock the bike back, and I hold my thumb on the kill switch, and I bump the starter and I listen to it turn over until it locks on top dead center. So I have my clutch in, it’s on top dead center, and I wait until they say 10 seconds. At that point I count in my head to about four or five seconds and then I turn the computer on. That way the fuel pump and everything’s running. So when the flag drops I just hit the button and it fires right up.”