Never Stop Cross-Training
"I'd say the most important advice I could give someone getting into off-road is to just go out and trail ride as much as possible," Smith said. "I started out trail riding as a kid, and when I got into motocross in the '80s out of high school, even when I was living in South America racing the Brazilian championships, my program was pretty much Tuesday motocross track, Wednesday trail ride, Thursday motocross track. I was already developing my off-road technique even before I started racing off-road. When I retired from motocross in '92, I did four major off-road events, which included three of the qualifiers for Six Days, and I won all three of them. Then I did the Virginia City Grand Prix race and I beat Larry Roeseler. Then Mike Webb hired me in '93 to race off-road for Suzuki."