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Gary Bailey Trackside: Get Hooked up

by The "Professor" Gary Bailey


Ok so why am I going to talk about starts again? Well because it can be the most important part of the race and after watching some starts at the Motocross of Nations in France, I thought it was time to talk more about how important the start can be. Sure there are a lot of things that I need to talk about that will help you but I think this one is so important. So many times I talk to riders about their practice day and how it went and they don’t talk about their starts, then when I ask how many starts they did they say none. Why? It’s because starts are not as much fun as riding the track. But it’s not just about doing starts, it’s about perfecting them. You can go back and look at my Traction vs. Reaction article for the griping of bike, position and all that. This is more about the start to the first turn and what to focus on when you practice starts. Lastly, be sure to practice your aggression thru the first turn while working on the start.

Until next time, work on those starts. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Thank you for checking out this article. Other similar articles can be found in the archive section. I hope all of my articles help you become a better, safer rider no matter what your skill level. Because I am in semi retirement after 43-years teaching full-time, I only do private one-on-one coaching or with a small group of riders. Most of my time is spent in Virginia, however, if you are on the west coast I do spend some of the winter months in California visiting my kids and grandkids. If you are interested in scheduling a coaching session shoot me an email or go to my website. You can come to the mountain or the mountain will come to you!

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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    Kelly Shires September 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Gary Baily a man that set the standards for what motocorss is today. He should get more credit if you do your homework and look into the past, you will see that Baily was a pioneer. Great to own and race a blue frame Gary Baily Special Bultaco 250 in the 70s.

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    Ugh. September 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I couldn't even watch this. The flash bulbs nearly caused me to go blind and have a seizure.

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer September 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I am not a big fan of the flashy things either so fast forward to the 1:10 mark. No flashy things, just GB talking about traction and the start. Good stuff!

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