Tuesday Tip: Maintaining Momentum and Avoiding Braking Bumps

While watching Ryan Villopoto practice at Cahuilla Creek MX recently, we noticed him taking advantage of a rarely used section of track to cut his lap times. A long sweeper led to a 180-degree right-hander, and instead of following the line used by the majority of riders, Ryan was sweeping to the outside, and used a line on a bank that lined the outside of the track to jump further into the turn. That allowed him to come into the corner wider and faster, maintain his momentum by using less braking, and as Ryan explained, it had an added benefit. “By using that lip I can actually jump over some of the braking bumps, too.”