Tuesday Tip: Slick Bowl Turns

There is a specific technique for most turns on any given motocross track. When that turn is a slick dry bowl turn, however, the proper technique becomes even more imperative. While shooting photos recently at the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki Supercross track we noticed this tricky bowl turn and decided to get defending AMA Supercross champion Chad Reed to fill us in on how he goes so fast through it. Take it away, Chad.

Entering the Turn: "The track we're on is in Corona; it's hard packed and slick and there aren't any ruts or anything. Entering the turn, you just kind of want to try to get the bike set up and brush off as much speed as you can. You definitely don't want to push it too hard in and lose the front or rear on the slick dirt."

Braking: "I prefer to stand up coming into most turns, and then go immediately from braking to putting my foot out just because it loads the front of the bike for better traction. This particular turn, though, is really slick, so I'm just sitting down trying to get as much weight on the front end as possible in order to get the front end to plant. Because it's really loose dirt, you need to keep the front end planted in order to turn. Depending on the dirt—like I said—I prefer to stand while braking, but when it's really hard and slick, you need to put as much weight on the front end as possible."

The Pivot Point: "Mid turn you need to try to look towards the exit of the turn and get back on the throttle. You don't want to get on it too hard, though, and stand the bike up, or worse hit the gas and have the back end spin around on you. This turn in particular is a tough turn. It's full of loose gravel and there is only one little line, so you have to be really careful to put the bike in it in order to keep a good flow around the turn. If you do this, you will be able to flow around the turn and get a good drive out of it and down the straight."

Accelerating: "When you start going from braking to off the brakes, you want to try to pick up the throttle and slowly start turning it on. Like I mentioned before, though, you want to be careful to not get too much wheelspin on the slick dirt. If you do it correctly, you'll get a good drive down the next straight."