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Corner For Dough | Rolling Sweepers With Broc Tickle
Photos: Swanberg | Words: Emery
With modern motocross bikes being built in stock form with tremendous amounts of power on tap, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack with corner speed. Sure, any racer can pin it on a straightaway, but races are truly won in the corners. Any given track will have countless variations of turns, and most riders would agree that when you add in rollers it changes the whole dynamic of difficulty. Not only do you have to think about line choice, but you now also have to consider timing, entry and exit points, and how to carry speed through smoothly. Always searching for more ways to drop our lap times, we rang up team RCH Racing/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle and asked for a couple of pointers when it comes to these challenging rolling sweepers.
Foot Control: I would say my number-one tip is that it’s very important to be on the balls of your feet in a rolling sweeper like this, applying weight to the outside peg. This will help keep the bike planted as you get through the corner or section. One of the most important skills for anyone learning how to ride is to try and learn to be on the balls of your feet, and it helps in any situation on the track.
Eyes Ahead: Looking ahead is another good tip that helps anywhere on the track, but in this specific situation it’s really important. You’ll go where you’re looking, so keeping an eye on the exit of the corner is crucial. If you aren’t looking ahead, it’ll definitely have a negative effect on your speed through the rollers.
Minimal Braking: Another important tip is to get off the rear brake. A lot of people struggle with this, but it’s important to get off of the brake in a section like this. In some corners, applying the brake helps keep your back wheel down, but in rollers it only slows you down. I try to think of which line through the section will help me with momentum and always make sure my foot is off the brake.
Body Position: I try to set everything up before the corner starts and make sure my feet are planted on the pegs with good body positioning. I usually have my body very neutral, and I’ll be on the balls of my feet with my knees almost locked out and my butt angled out. This all puts you in a position to keep the front-end light over the bumps, and if your butt isn’t back, your bike will want to swap out. Your knees should be on the same plane as or just behind the foot pegs in this or any roller situation. Your end goal is to control the rear of the bike so it doesn’t swap out.
Momentum Equals Speed: You don’t want to be too heavy on the throttle or do anything erratic. It’s best to carry momentum into the corner, because as you go faster the bumps tend to feel smaller. With the added speed you always want to remember your technique and body positioning, and being fluid on the bike is better. Having good throttle control and carrying momentum helps you float over the rollers that much easier, and this is where the faster lap times come from!
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