This is a Motocross practice drill that is one of the fundamental keys to motocross training at schools across the globe . This drill is very popular at many of the high level motocross schools; they all teach different variations of this drill. I have been taught a few different variations myself. I’ll walk you through two of them – unfortunately I’ll have to pull some video from YouTube because the weather is currently very chilly here in Michigan.
Figure 8 Drill 1:
This drill needs very little space to be set-up. Find a decently flat and smooth area to start. Set up two cones or markers of any sort about 4 bike lengths apart. This is all about maintaining a flow. NO BRAKES! At first you won’t have a rut and you’ll have to practice throttle control, weighting the outside peg, and balance in order to get around the “course” quickly and smoothly. Make sure you’re over the front of your bike with your elbows up, sitting close to the very front of the seat. This is important to help make your front end stick.
Eventually a rut will develop. When the rut is created you will practice feeding the clutch when exiting each corner. You won’t have to worry about your back end braking loose and you should really work on flowing around the figure 8. Not stop and go – even speed. Eventually you will be able to carry your momentum pretty well around this little track. Remember no brakes.
Make sure you keep your elbows up (guy in video below doesn’t do a great job of keeping elbows up, but I know you can!). Keep your leg close to the bike and pointed straight ahead (guy in video below does a good job of this). You don’t want your leg hanging there, dangling to the side- make your leg placement very deliberate.
Here is a video, so you can get an idea of what the layout for this particular drill should look like.
Figure 8 Drill 2:
This one requires a bit more space. You will want to be able to shift a gear in between corners. In this drill you will also get to use your brakes. You will want to set it up so there is enough room between cones for you to shift a gear before you have to brake. The video below says to shift from first to second. Make sure not to coast. When you let off the gas get on the brakes.
I found an excellent video of the motocross figure 8 drill, that does a very thorough job explaining the techniques. In this video Australian pro racer Lee Hogan really does a great job walking the viewer through the drill, and helping you improve.