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JS7 - What I see

by The "Professor" Gary Bailey


Hey guys, it’s time for another why to, how to, from The Professor.

First, I want to thank you to all of you for checking out these articles. It sure is good to be able to give a little back to the sport and I hope these articles help you on the track. It is also pretty cool to have so many of you wanting private coaching as I am supposed to be in some kind of semi-retirement. That’s not working out! Just a reminder for those in the Southern California area; I will be spending some time there this summer with my kids and grandkids so let me know if you are interested in coaching. Well, so much for that, let’s get to the good stuff.

Okay, I know this is going to stir the pot. As you know, I have huge respect for anyone who makes it to the top level in any sport. It annoys the hell out of me to hear people booing someone when they are one of the best in a sport. You can like or dislike a particular pro athlete, but to me it is inexcusable to boo anyone that has achieved the top level of their sport. So don’t boo him or her, as my mom taught me if you don’t have anything nice to say, then it is best not to say anything at all.

There was a time when I was a huge James Stewart fan. Stewart found a way to go faster than anyone and made others step it up, as he WAS the fastest man on the planet. Achievements at the top level are short-lived as it always seems that as soon as one reaches a certain level someone else comes along and raises the bar. Stewart for sure did that for a while. And like many of you, I noticed and he earned huge respect from me.

If you keep doing the same things, then you will keep getting the same results.

Then, Stewart decided to pursue some other opportunities, like his reality show and it turned his focus away and became more important than racing. And as Stewarts’ priorities changed, we all saw him change and in my opinion, not necessarily for the better. I’ve seen this with many athletes, sometimes the distraction is a new girlfriend, a wife, the start of a family, the California lifestyle, X Games, a clothing line, or maybe just being “young and dumb." For some of these athletes that race their entire childhood and adolescence to get where they are, maybe they just burn out and decide to kick back and have some fun.

After some time away from racing Stewart decided to come back, but in the meantime others had stepped up, so he was no longer the top dog. Maybe he still expected to be, I am not sure. But I do know from my own racing and that of my son David and countless others I’ve seen go through the process, once you’ve been top dog, it is very hard to accept that you aren’t and you’ve either got to motivate yourself to get there again or accept the humbling experience of realizing someone else is.

Sometimes you need to make changes if you want to get better at something. Here is what I know for sure! Nothing in life will change if you don’t make a change. If you keep doing the same things, then you will keep getting the same results.

Now, back to Stewart. There were some things that I liked about Stewart when he was on the top of his game. For one, he was fast in the whoops; really fast. What I liked about the way he rode whoops was that he came in fast and kept the bike flat so he could carry good momentum all the way through. Not only was the bike flat, but also he was on the balls of his feet so the suspension could work better. And, another thing I noticed in a lot of the turns, he kept his inside leg in close to the bike with the knee high and the foot not so far out front. So much so that some said he never took his inside foot off the peg in the turn because that was what it looked like if you were on the outside of the turn because you could not see his leg stuck out front by the front wheel. But I shot video from all angles and studied it and liked the way he was doing it so he could put more weight on the front end. One other thing that was so good about that way was he could get his foot back on the peg sooner with less movement. This would allow him to catch a quick shift, use the rear brake or just get his foot back on the peg quickly. But the biggest thing was more weight on the front end. He was not the first one to ever do this but he was doing it more and better than I have ever seen it done. Stewart was on to something and it worked much better.

Here is what I think is going on with Stewart? First, you can’t keep doing what you have always done if you are not winning. If you are not winning, you need to look at what you were doing and see if you are still doing those things. You need to carefully analyze what you did when you were winning and what you are doing now. You need to have an open mind and look at what everyone is doing, even if it is not the way you do it.

I think of it just like testing a bike, you need to try everything so you can see what works best. This is what Stewart and any rider in his position needs to do. And, he cannot do it alone. He needs a coach. Not a trainer, this is different. Not just a team manager or a dedicated family, but a coach. You need someone that has the time to look for every little detail, and someone that knows what they are looking for.

I still don’t get why in every other professional sport from Nascar, to basketball, to tennis, to football and golf there are coaches that help with technique and form, but not in motocross. Why are there team managers in motocross, but not team coaches? Also, why do so many riders reach the pro level and then think they don’t need help anymore? They might recognize they need a trainer, but they overlook that they need a coach. Is it that every motocross athlete is smarter than athletes in other sports and they know it all? Could you imagine a pro football team without a coach? Sure dad and mom can help coach to some degree but there comes a time when the rider needs more.

So, here it is for free. For Stewart and anyone else that can benefit. If I was Stewart’s coach (and I am not soliciting here), this is what I would tell him.

  1. Get back on the balls of your feet.
    For whatever reason, Stewart has stopped riding on the balls of his feet. He needs to get back on the balls of his feet. In the whoops, being on the balls of your feet is a big part of helping the suspension work better. On the jumps and in the turns you can weight and unweight the bike better on the balls of your feet. I don’t care what color bike you are on, it can only get better if you are doing the best things to make the bike work better and being on the balls of your feet is one thing you should do.
  2. Go back to the knee high and bent technique in the corners.
    Stewart was using this technique and now he has abandoned it. I have taught this to all levels of riders and it works. It is what made Stewart’s turns so quick and so good and it is just not happening now like it was.
  3. Use the damn clutch!
    This is personal with Stewart and me. Stewart came to ONE of my schools when he was on 85s and I gave him a tap on the knuckles with my stick for not using his clutch as I have with hundreds of riders over the years. Stewart got mad and told his dad, Big James, and also later told a magazine about it in an interview. How did Big James react? Big James told him he should have had his finger on the clutch.
Why Stewart thinks you don’t need the clutch and should never have your finger on it, well, I don’t know. But, when I look at all of Stewart’s crashes, I say if that were Villopoto, Reed, Dungey, Canard… and I could go on and on, that would not have happened. Why? Because they would have used the clutch for that little bit of control, when Stewart does not. Sure, you can blame it on the bike and sure one bike can be better than another, but as I look at each crash in detail, it’s more the rider.

The clutch is like having a backup plan. Stewart can go fast for sure, but he has no plan B. Stewart has plan A and that’s it. All the best riders across generations, all the ones we call the best in their time, keep a finger on the clutch: David Bailey, Bayle, McGrath, Reed, Dungey, and for the most part Carmichael, just to name a few… They cannot all be wrong.

So, can you ride without the clutch? Sure you can. Stewart and many others have for years. But if you ride without you finger on the clutch, what do you have when it all goes wrong? Remember Stewart’s Daytona crash? Before that crash, Stewart’s front wheel was too high and was just missing the top of the jump that the front wheel needed to touch so the front end would lift. What could he have done? Simple; pull the clutch lever in a little so the front wheel drops and touches the top and rebounds so the front end doesn’t drop. Oops, but he can’t do that when there is no finger on the clutch.

I don’t remember all of the tracks, but I do remember all of the unfortunate Stewart crashes. Here are some solutions to handle a few familiar Stewart crash scenarios:

Scenario 1: Team mate gets in trouble right in front of James and comes to a stop. What could James have done to not run into him? Pull in the clutch. Oh, sorry, he can’t do that if he doesn’t have his finger on the clutch.

Scenario 2: Front end washes out, crashes in the turn, starts bike, takes off, one bike length and takes fingers off the clutch, wheelies into the whoops, front drops in the bottom of the whoops and over the bars, no power. Quick fix? Give the clutch a little pull and get some control and power out. Oops, sorry can’t do that without a finger on it.

Scenario 3: Going around this turn with a quick touch of the clutch. As soon as the power comes on, he takes his fingers off. Now it goes from traction to slick while going up the face of the jump because he was hoping all was going to go perfect, but it doesn’t. Instead, the rear end comes around from not being able to control the traction. The fix? Control the power all the way through the turn with a nice clutch feed for better traction and control. Oops, he can’t do that if he doesn’t use the clutch.

Do you get my point? As I watch all of these crashes, I ask myself how many times do you keep making the same mistake? How many times can you crash and still get up? How many times can you hit your head before it is one hit too hard or too many? When do you change so this won’t happen? The only one that can answer that is the guy doing it.

In life, for everything there is a season. There is a time. This is a season for change. Too many riders are hurt. Too much talent is being wasted. It is time to refocus. Sometimes you have to slow down and get back to basics to go faster. We all want to see good aggressive racing, but I don’t want to see anyone hurt unnecessarily. If you recognize yourself in this article, no matter what level rider you are, ask yourself if you are paying enough attention to details, if you are focused, if you need to make changes? And, if you do, get busy.

Fact, you can not be helping the suspension while on your arches. That would be like riding a bicycle on your arches. Will not work. No finger on the clutch? Where is the back-up plan?

This is how it is done when you are the best and want the bike to work. Hard to see with those black gloves but that finger on the clutch lever can help you keep from busting your _ _ _ whatever.

Arches and no clutch, GOOD LUCK. How much luck do you have?

Love this guy. That look deserves the #1 plate

No clutch, no plan B. Arches, no flow, suspension works to hard. Even Jake knows the feet and the clutch is a good idea.

Why do you keep hoping this is going to work? Let go of the clutch wheelie in, hold it wide open and hope for the best. Will it work? Sure some times.

One with a plan and one with no plan.

Even when it’s for sure you are going to go down without your finger on the lever you may reach for it because you are to busy holding on. Plan B?

How many times? Do the same thing, get the same results

So why do you need a finger on lever here? Because you never know, so lets be ready. Sometimes you can use it to power on the landing and also control your speed at the same time. The balls of the feet will help the takeoff and landing. Try jumping a bicycle in your arches. Or try jumping off of something and land in your arches. Not going too work well.

Check it out forward, arches and finger on the clutch. Just like Reed and Dungey and many of the best and the fastest.

How you use the clutch in the turn is important. You can use the clutch to build and control power. Even when you are done with it something can still go wrong, so why not leave it there? The ball of the foot lets you weight the peg better and give you more movement and control.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion of what they like or don’t like so you get to have yours. For me I like this look best, for style and control and it looks aggressive.

When I talk about the leg in this is the look I like. When riders do this I think there is less chance of messing up the knee if their foot makes contact with the ground.

This the way to do this turn if you don’t want to mess up the knee as well as having more control of the front end because you can put more weight on the front end.

Like the look of RV better than CR in this photo. The leg need not be up so high in this kind of a turn. One last thing on where and how to put your leg in the turn. If you can check out the video clip from the Las Vegas SX there is a front shot of RV going down with his leg locked straight out when his knee gets messed up. If he would have had his leg bent and in close that probably would not have happened.

You can pick the look you like but for me I like RV. Second pick JW and for my third I am not sure. Sure like that #1 plate.

Let's take a quick look back at the clutch. Four riders and three think being ready with the clutch is a good idea and one is just going with plan A. All I can say is like that old ad on TV said, TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT

Well, like I said before, I am sure this article will stir things up, but what the heck. It’s an off week and there’s not much going on right now anyway. Hope you enjoy. RIDE SAFE.

I would like to take a moment to tell you that if you are interested in motocross history, I have a book out called Pioneer to Professor that covers all of my racing days, from 1957 on a 200cc Triumph Cub to my factory Bultaco days and beyond. I have also put together a limited edition book for kids, Motocross A to Z with the help of Thor. Both books can be ordered at or you can pick them up at The Legends and Heroes display at the Lucas Oil Motocross nationals and a portion of the proceeds from each book purchased from Legends and Heroes goes to support the Legends and Heroes motocross history tour.

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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    motoxer4533 May 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Fantastic article. It's these little overlooked things that can mean the difference. I'm starting to learn that more and more.

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    BigUglyManiac May 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Impressive breakdown. Hard words for hard times, but they are words of healing. If I needed to turn something around, I would hire whoever you told me. Sage.

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    laidback lenny May 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Basic stuff. Thanks for the refresher. I once "snuck" into one of your classes at Polka Dots in the early 80's. The experience was invaluable. As we get older, we get lazy and often forget the basics. I've ridden knee up since I ruined my first knee in 81. Doesn't look as cool, but it sure is functional AND safer!

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    motorhead May 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Outstanding article Mr. Bailey! Thanks for the expert insight, have some thinking to do before (and during) the next ride. One of my fondest mx memories is of watching David massage that works 500 at Red Bud back in the mid-80's.
    Precison and poetry.

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    Dave Noones May 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Great job Gary, wondered if you were working on this article when we last spoke,
    your such a great studier of the sport, great Coach!

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    MotoMac May 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I too suffered a few whacks from your "knuckle stuck" back in the late 70's. Your school was still the best money I spent on MX. I've just re-entered the sport, although now for me it is VMX in the +60 class on a '71 CZ 400! Ran my first race last weekend and am shocked at how much I have forgotten. Just came across the above article with your comments on JS7, and reading about the things riders do wrong made me realize I do every dang one of ' lots that aren't mentioned!! Guess I need to go back and read more of your past articles.

    Cheers from Idaho!

    And finally I also want to say Thank You Very Much for just being you -- "The Professor" -- to so many riders for so many years! I'll guarantee that when tens of thousands of riders who have attended your schools hears the words "Gary Bailey MX School", a great big smile will cover their face. Such good memories you have given us....

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    mpfitness_coaching May 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Fantastic article!! I am a big js7 fan and I agree 100%.Hopefully James reads this and takes notice

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    Donnie Foster #293 May 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Great article Gary! It is good to hear your viewpoint on this subject. I have the greatest respect for your accomplishments and insight.

    I have noticed that is human nature to relax once at the top and been thinking along the same lines as the topics as you wrote about priorities, focus and basic MX fundamentals.


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    gege May 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

    good piece. goes into great length how good plan b is. usually the best dont have plan b. if u know anything about soccer i. e. Barcelona FC. they dont have a plan b and they are considered the best club side to play the game. won 13 out of 16 trophies in the last 4 years.

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    mike whittaker May 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    look at the hangtown gallery. on the suzuki,balls of feet on pegs,finger on clutch...

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    Scott Wallenberg May 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Great read... Gary taught me to keep a finger on the clutch way back the early 70's and I still do that today racing my vintage bikes!

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    mdkuder May 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I agree that he's not focused on the sport and hope that he has the ability to take constructive information and apply it.

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    CR500AF May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Shameless plug for Gary's book, Pioneer to Professor, For anyone with an interest in the sport it is highly recommended.

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    Motoxchange May 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Well said by the Professor. A little hard on a guy trying to make a comeback but well said.

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    Casey Pons May 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The exact same question comes over me today, as it did the first time I opened the cover of your book a few short weeks ago, (as it was still warm from the presses on the first publishing). How does this guy know all these nuances of this sport?
    If you only knew how many waking hours were spent devouring the, "Bailey Bible" that removed me form the streets as a wet nose trouble finder, and gave me the reason and purpose to make motocross an integral option to (life) instead of most likely jail or worse, for that matter.
    I still don't quite have that answer but, I just learned to let it go, and just be grateful that you do. And more importantly the fact that you have chosen to share all that data with us mere mortals.
    I'll bet James knuckles are still a little sore. Maybe he.. Nah, not goin there. Hah!
    Is there really any question why you are referred to as the Professor.
    Thank you., Sir...

    PS Now, I hope you can still get that head through the entry of the plane so you can make it to Hangtown. Hopefully you are well on your way by this time.

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    JustAThought May 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wait, If you think About it, James could Not get comfortable on the new 2012 yamaha with him old riding style so them probable made him change his old ways so he could ride the new bike probably, bc anyone that has rode a 2012 Yz450f knows that that bike Gyro is all out of Wang lol. (Just a Thought) So maybe since he is on a More traditional bike like the RM, He'll be able to use he old ways.

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    shaun May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    What do JS7 n RC have in common? Suzuki! He's an awesome mentor and would be a great coach for JS7!

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    Holeshot413 May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Great read!! Thanks for sharing and if JS7 doesnt learn , I sure did and Im gonna try to apply it!

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    Tommyo May 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    tommyo wrote: about 13 minutes ago
    At this point I dought anybody cares but I read a while back that when james was still racing as an amature he would have to practice without a clutch because they really did not have much money and could not afford to be replacing clutches every day. Big James would save it for the race. Maybe some people didnt' know this but the stewarts did not come rolling in the races in big motorhomes with backup bikes and and all the extras. He's a good kid and regardless of what some of you think he's earned it.
    Just a thought as to why he has a habit of not using the clutch as much.

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    Marc May 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I think the reason there are not that many coaches for top riders out there is because you would expect a coach to be better than you are. If the coach has not achieved what the rider has then how can a coach be efficient. Now with football and basketball since it is team effort a coach seems to be more valuable. I think it would be difficult for a top rider to be open to advice from a coaches. In martial arts you expect the Sensei to be better than the student. When the student becomes better than the Sensei it would be hard to take advice from the Sensei since you passed him up.

    I agree you have to look at what your doing wrong and fix the issue. Of course you have to be open to change for that to work.

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    Dan May 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Good technique is just that, good. But not mandatory. While I know his life is dedicated to moto, you must remember that after Gary told James, big and little, about his bad not using the clutch habit, the result was... James becoming the best and most dominant 125 rider ever in the sport!

    His crashing of late is due to other "not so easily" seen traits IMO.

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    Proven Client May 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I've been to Gary's schools and will definitely say that the clutch has saved the day many a times. Riding a 250 2 stroke you have to use a clutch no matter what. But riding 2 strokes is what teaches the technique about really riding. Everybody is on 4 strokes these days and depend more on the bike than actual skill. Quite a sad affair. The clutch in a vehicle is to provide consistent and smooth power delivery. It is no different on the bike. Bailey is right, just watch the race footage of the riders.

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    AGAIN not the whole story May 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    the points made are valid in ALL riding, but the connection between JS and all this seem unjustified. Sure in these images you're point these things out, but in a million other pictures the same can be said about all the riders.

    Matt Whitaker rightly pointed to the Hangtown Press Day Gallery. JS Images doing everything Bailey spoke about; interesting....

    if you really want to know what happened to the old james; just look at the whole story. he was awesome on the kawasaki, rode well on the old yamaha and started to have problems using his style on the 'new' yamaha; as soon as it was released even! and that has continued the entire time he rode it. god it's so clear cut it hurts to link so many people have looked past that fact.

    he tried to make that work and that's why we've seen it for so long now. but even the professor says it 'IF YOU KEEP DOING THE SAME THINGS, YOU"LL GET THE SAME RESULTS'

    kinda interested that his bike is a different color now

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    Brian May 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    @Marc Being coachable is important in any sport and no the best coaches are ususally not the best players or riders. Golf is the best example. The top tour pros are normally coached by players who never made it on tour. Have you ever heard of Tiger Woods? He was the best in the world for quite some time and always kept a coach. Butch Harmon and Hank Haney can't claim as many wins as Tiger but they are students of the golf swing and are able to teach it.

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    Proven Client May 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    @Tommyo made a real good point. James didn't come from money. He was shunned at the tracks and labeled. He never had Pastrana's 8 house remortages to help him make it.

    If James quit today, he would still be a legend. He gave the goat a run for his money. It seems that when Ricky left the sport, James didn't have anyone else to race with. James went 24 and 0. They say the comp improved but I say it never did except for Villapoto in supercross. He is a force and always has been in outdoors. Ricky set the tier and everybody else tried to catch up.He worked hard and it showed. Ryan learned from Ricky and it also showed. These guys watch each other and learn from each other. James knows what he has to do but it's 30+2 x 2. It's brutal! Last year James came off the couch and placed third at Unadilla in the first moto. Only few can do that.

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    AGAIN not the whole story May 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    here's more for you guys JAMES talking about it all AGAIN...,36868/Slideshow,0/GuyB,64

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    Jim Stevens May 19, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Young and dumb and "distracted" is one thing Gary. Young and dumb, playing fake cop and than fleeing from law enforcement equates to FELONY ARRESTS!!!

    Had a TON of respect for you Gary. Up until about 30 seconds ago. There is NO forgiveness for the latest and greatest of 21st century THUGS OR...IDIOTS LIKE YOU WHO CONTINUE TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR JS7's TARNISHED PAST!

    You don't make play talk outta' a clown who had "cop lights" in his truck AND...what was his intent for having them in the first freaking place? The responsible citizens of Central Florida are thankful this self-proclaimed fastest felony on two wheels just happened to play fake cop and ended up lulling over REAL law enforcement officers!

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    Gary Bailey May 19, 2012 at 3:49 am

    The point of this article was about riding style and technique and I was not making any excuses for James or any rider ... My reference to "young and dumb" was not specific to James but a list of reasons that young riders loose the focus they need. Just pointing out the things I see in this riding. Thanks for your comment.

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    Kris May 19, 2012 at 4:34 am

    2 fingers on clutch and 1 finger on front brake. Standard operating procedure. It's plan B and plan C for when things start to go really wrong!

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    Dean Dyess May 19, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Throttle is what gives you the power & the clutch is what delivers it..
    Thanks for the article & the way you've made riding easy Gary.

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    marc May 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I agree Brian having a coach is not a bad thing. I feel some of the top riders may not be as open to that as they are in other sports to take on a coach. Change is always good in anything that is done to become better. I hope this does grow on others.

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    UAW_member May 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I wasn't able to take your riding course but the best advice I ever received was when you saw me at Byron, IL in 2001 and told me I needed to cut my seat pad down. We barely talked but you made a positive influence on my riding with a simple suggestion. I can only imagine the volume of riders that you "coached" without even realizing it.

    PS. I've gotten quite skilled at re-shaping my seat foam and I can touch the ground with 1 foot. THANKS!!!

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    dar May 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    no villapoto no reed no comp at hangtown

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    russ w May 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    well now looks like all that ranting about how james not knowing how to ride
    was for nothing! i dont think skills from the 70's really apply as much to todays riding
    .. yes some basic aspects do .. but the bikes are faster and there are jumps on the i guess james better listen up huh???? he has done things on a track that
    others have never even imagined.. and im not even a huge james fan..

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    AGAIN not the whole story May 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm


    Professor Bailey - your observations and the long winded explanation as to why james was not doing well.. we're proven TODAY to be vastly inaccurate.

    if you keep doing the same things, you'll keep getting the same results.

    If people keep reading the same inaccurate and opinionated stories about James or any of the riders out there - you get a fan base filled with inaccurate information and opinions on what they think their seeing.

    crazy how that works isn't it?

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer May 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Russ - You are 100% wrong if you think all Gary is doing is applying 70's skills to today's riders. If that is what you think I would invite you to talk to any of the 100's of riders he has worked with over the past few years. Then I would invite you to take a ride in the Razor with Gary. This guy knows how to go fast, period.

    AGAIN not the whole story - This story was not even close to an "opinionated" story which implies Gary is out to get James or something. Plain and simple he is not. The fact is up until Hangtown James had not put in very many good rides. Maybe it's the new bike...I tend to think it is b/c the only other rider on the track who can even think about riding James' pace is Dungey and he is a tick off on his best day. James was able to put things on cruise and not have to ride an insane pace to win (like he would have if the other top guys were healthy). I think the result would have been identical on the JGR bike.

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    AGAIN not the whole story May 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hey Tim,
    The story is very much an opinionated piece. It's Gary's opinion as to why James hasn't been riding well. The piece is called 'JS7 - What I see' ...did you miss something somewhere?

    But yes, he was painting James in the wrong light, a very weird and wrong light. I mean, it's hard to say that a guy that has accomplished what James has - has real riding issues.
    Wait - You see what I mean? You would have to agree... how can anyone say that James Stewart has riding style issues that he needs to deal with...?

    Did Reed at the moment before he crashed? Villopoto who I absolutely love as a rider and champion hurt himself in Seattle for putting his foot down at the wrong time just recently right? Maybe he didn't have his leg out far enough, at that moment. Were his riding attributes to blame? Short answer for both NO.

    There are tons of riders that you can say ANY of that stuff about literally and at any point in there riding career.

    Look I'm not really trying to get at GBailey either, The point of my comments are that what he and most all the recent negative talk said about James (concerning all aspects of his life) are based in opinion. And with this case, the opinions are not really founded in the facts of the matter. So they should not and literally CAN NOT be passed off to the world as the truth or as a valid reasoning for what's been going on.

    It's just so tiring... to read through all this stuff from people that obviously don't have all the information. That's why I posted James' interview in my second post. It was on Vurb and it explains EVERYTHING he's been dealing with. Most of the stuff he talks about the fans and most people in the industry wouldn't know how to deal with when put on top of the pressure of racing at same time... It's really an amazing interview; if you listen to it. But I get it, alot of people are on this trip about him not being focused and not doing this and can't do that....and so people keep writing that kinda stuff so people can keep reading it - the ol' 'stir the pot' cliche' attitude I guess... I don't know.

    it's just ridiculous in the end and this weekend proved it.
    You can't be all those things that have been said; you can't have issues with your clutch fingers or foot placement or the balls of your feet and then come out to your first National MX event in 4 years to do what he did this weekend. (In the first practice he was 2 seconds faster than anyone...) That sir would be an impossibility. Anybody would agree with that. EVEN BAILEY

    Now let me ask you this, if you think that the only reason it went down in Hangtown like it did because Dungey was off his best and james didn't have to work for it; WHY DO YOU THINK THAT SITUATION NEVER PLAYED ITSELF OUT IN SX THIS YEAR?
    RV wasn't perfect all season, he started out kinda slow. Neither did Reed or Dungey. James could have just cruised at some of those races right? He would have just won them... right? OR are you saying that those guys were at there very best at every race that James did bad in? (I don't think even of them would admit to that to be true)

    DId you see the heat race where James was racing Windham? Amazing race and a shame that Windham went down like that (HEAL UP QUICK KW!!), but I beg you to watch that heat race and watch James and his bike. THEN IMMEDIATELY look at the Hangtown event and watch James and his bike. Then post on this page and tell us what you think.

    AGAIN I say and AGAIN I'll repeat the Professor by saying;

    'If you keep doing the same things; you'll keep getting the same results'

    in that logic - You can't honestly believe his change of machines had NOTHING to do with this weekends results? Can you? Your last sentecne says alot...

    I hope not you really don't think that, becuase if you do - then you'll have contradicted the point of this entire article....

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    AGAIN not the whole story May 21, 2012 at 12:17 am

    sorry to wtite so much everybody - i'm into racing for more than just the he said she said. Wish there was less of it these days...
    Those guys are out there are working hard. And people that write about them, even us fans that comment on these boards need to wise up and start learning more before we start spouting off about what we think. The worst information is misinformation.
    Heal up to all the downed riders. Thanks to James, Chad, RV, RD and all the other guys out there for showing us the best of what it is we love to do race. And also for showing us what hard work and dedication can bring.

    I'm done

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    dont question years of wisdom May 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Give it time, James will end up face planting hard if he keeps ignoring the basics. (I just hope he don't take anyone else out in the process) He didn't have any competition, was able to cruise.

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    kmr June 01, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Bravo, many important things to think about.

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer June 03, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Lakewood.....different bike, same crash.

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    AGAIN not the whole story June 06, 2012 at 11:39 am

    HAHAHA @Tim Cryster
    - You were waiting a long time to write that weren't you? Hilarious, I really just came back to this page just to see if anyone would post. sure enough there it is.

    A silly assement of the situation and AGAIN not the whole story! HAHA

    It's obvious many people just don't want to see James do well and that's pretty sad. Especially because he's put his work in, moved the sport forward, excites the crowd (no matter what side of the fence your on) and yet he still get's no respect. Not even from a 'Virtual Trainer'. It's to the point of comedy now! Haha.
    And I say that because the other racers in the paddock even comment on how bad people get on James and how wrong they are for it!!
    HAHA, so funny.

    But okay, you brought it up so let's take Lakewood for instance...

    The thing that's interesting is that you and many others have failed to realize the focus and concentration it takes to ride at his level. Dunge has it, RV has it, Reedy does too. But to have that kind of focus and concentration blown while:

    A) coming over a downhill step down and a MAN is crossing the track in your landing zone
    B) not knowing what that person is thinking
    C) not knowing if he's going to panic at the fact a bike is bearing down very near to him
    D) not knowing which direction he's going to move next
    D) the person is on your race line
    E) you are in the AIR
    F) the outside landing zone is sketchy AND YOU KNOW THIS FROM PREVIOUS LAPS
    G) you're just spent 5+ minutes at race speed and increasing that every chance you get
    I) if you go outside you land in what EVERYONE riding noted as the WORST PART OF THE TRACK in terms of prep - huge rutts, mudded, soft, slited, overwatered, all the team managers mentioned it needed changing -

    And none of that counts for nothing in this crash??? HOW CAN IT NOT?
    I guess those factors don't count given that they came up in the 3-4 seconds that James saw this guy, landed offline, tried to save it and ultimatley went down?

    If I understand correctly, you are saying none of that had anything to do with the crash? And you also saying that this crash was the same crash of any that James had this year or ever? How do you figure that? Can you describe that to us?

    And AGAIN, it's obvious you weren't paying attention. Because James even said in his interview that the bike was working great and that he felt good all day long. But if you don't believe him you can simply go to the MX website and look at the laptimes that bike up his claim. He was fastest all day and got faster with each session on the track.
    Not to mention the amount of riders he passed in the first two laps to get to the lead after a bad start... HAHA hilarious!

    Way to show your colors Tim.

    Oh yeah @dont question years of wisdom

    - go to Dunge's page and tell him he didn't put up any competition for James at Hangtown and Freestone. Please do that.
    Even DeCoster said that he hadn't seen a race/battle like he saw at Freestone in a long time. Even at Lakewood, when James went by Dunge, he knew it was go time and went right after him. you guys are ridiculous now...

    Jason Weigandt said it best, "The fast rider proved consistent and the consistent rider proved fast".

    And you should also know that WISDOM is nothing without knowing what to overlook. And it sounds like you and many other are overlooking the wrong thing. So I would have to quesiton that wisdom. MANY key elements of racing these days seems to go unnoticed or unsaid that breeds an ignorance in the fan base. That is a true shame.

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    AGAIN not the whole story June 06, 2012 at 11:59 am

    funny because JS didn't even blame the guy, he said that he (HIMSELF, JAMES STEWART) took his eyes off of it (the racing, his lines, etc) for a second... and that brought about the crash.

    at this level that's all it takes. Why is that discredited so much when we're talking about JS?
    Why aren't we talking about that for all these guys? Every rider falls; Chad, RV, RD, KW and TC have fallen this year and all of them have been injured due to that..... Did we already forget that RD broke his collarbone and missed out at the SX Championship chase this year?? Or does the fact that he came back to win Vegas erase that absence/injury from ever happneing??

    Like I said, you guys are ridiculous at this point and it's a comedy to see all this stuff on the internet.

    I'm done

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer June 06, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Man, you sure do read a lot into a simple article and some comments. I'm not a JS7 hater. I'm actually a fan of just about every guy on the track. Take a deep breath and relax. By the look of the length of your comments you need to relax before you have a nervous breakdown. And I saw James' interview and was impressed by his composure. He could have easily blamed the photog who crossed the track but he did not. Hope he's ready for HP this weekend!

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    Yracer June 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks a lot Mr. Bailey.

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    Yracer June 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Your article answered for all my questions, happy to know , i go right way.
    And is good to have self-confidence, having such a good plan approval.

    Thank You Mr. Motocross

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    duane wilson September 03, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Mr bailey is very good at what he does. his son was maybe 12 when i went to his school. I did race the pro class but his son became big time great. I still value his advice. also i still have his how to win motocross book.

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