In an effort to improve your riding, I have been scouring the Internet for riding tips from reputable sources. Obviously, Stefan Everts is a very reputable source for riding tips. He is one of the greatest Motocross racers of all times (probably only second to Ricky Carmichael). If you don’t know – Everts has won 10 World Championships, 101 races and is the only racer to win MX2, MXGP and Open (500 class) in the same day. Here he gets into the basics of proper rider position. Something to note about Stefan Everts is that he is a very smooth rider. He looks effortless on the bike and is always in control, almost never making a mistake or crashing, kind of like Ryan Dungey. This is how you should strive to ride.
The things he talks about in this video are starting points. You’re not going to want to stand or sit in the same position in all conditions. You need to adapt to different conditions. Sand requires different technique and body positioning than hardpack .
The things that shouldn’t change from track to track:
- Standing on the balls of your feet
- Riding with your elbows up
- Grip bike tight with knees
- Relax back, don’t sit straight up
What will change:
- Where you stand–Will stand further back in sand than hardpack.
- Where you sit–Will sit further back in sandy conditions and sand corners, when you do get to sit, and sit further forward in hardpack conditions.
- Make sure to look ahead; don’t stare at your front fender!
- One finger (pointer or middle) on clutch at all times
Gary Bailey gets in-depth with body positioning in this article on RacerX Virtual Trainer. The techniques from Bailey’s article won’t translate into all conditions. It doesn’t get into ruts or sand, but gives you good tips on smoother hard pack tracks. He really breaks down the “why’s” of body positioning in the basic smooth, hardpack conditions. I recommend the article to everyone from beginner to pro who is looking to improve their riding.
If you’ve went through all of the information provided (including the links), you are on the right track to understanding proper riding position. Not only the basics, but also how to adapt to different conditions and make proper technique work for you.