Intro and Photos by Brendan Lutes
Have you ever looked on in amazement while a pro navigates a tricky section on a Supercross track? If you have, there is a good chance it was a difficult on-off tabletop section like the one found on the Factory KTM test track in Corona, California. Arguably one of the most difficult techniques to master possibly only second to whoops, jumping on and off in order to link two tabletops together can dramatically improve your lap times. With the help of MDK/KTM’s Justin Brayton, we’re bringing you the top tips to get you over this section of track and onto the next one in no time. One thing we must caution first, though, is that this is an advanced technique, so be sure to work your way up to it before attempting. And now, without wasting anymore of your precious time, take it away, Justin.
1 Commit: The first and most important thing to know is that you just have to commit to it, and know in your head that when you’re going to go off the first table to the next, you’re going to make it.
2 Bunny Hop: It’s a lot like what you would do on a BMX bike or a mountain bike. You jump onto the first one then kind of push down and pull up like a bunny hop on a bicycle to get to the next tabletop. You should use as much of the suspension as you can to get that extra little hop off the first tabletop to the next one.
3 All At Once: You need to do everything all at the same time. When you jump onto the first tabletop, compress your suspension, uncompress it, and give it as much throttle as you can all at once.
4 Added Boost: The real key thing to this is that when you’re walking the track try to find any little dirt clod or anything that can help you to get over the gap. It might only be two or three inches tall, but any little thing is going to really help you get over it. Sometimes the tabletops aren’t built to go from one to the other, but if you can just find a little something on the tabletop itself, it’s going to save you a lot of time.
5 Looks Can Be Deceiving: Definitely don’t try to make the next tabletop if you’re going to come up short. Sometimes, though, it might look like you’re going to come up short, but you’re really not. You’re rear shock will just absorb it, and you’ll be able to get onto the next one no problem. You should definitely feel it out the first few times doing it. Then if you feel like you’re going to make it, go for it. The first few times might be difficult, but after a while it will get easier.