1) READY TO GO
Light on your toes, all your body weight on the seat,
upper body more straight up than a dirt start, steady throttle, clutch just at the engagement point, and razor-sharp
focus on the gate.
2) GATE DROPS
Clutch engages aggressive yet controlled, throttle
increases to match the amount of grip and clutch engagement, keep the tire biting (not spinning), and start to pull
your feet up.
(Get yourself ready for the grip of the dirt)
With feet planted firmly on the pegs, start moving your
upper body forward, squeezing the bike, and your hand
always on the clutch ready to control any sort of wheelie—
always control any amount of front-end climbing with the
clutch, not the throttle.
Your shift points will vary depending on the grip and displacement of your bike. Make sure to shift your particular
bike into its “sweet spot,” meaning the few hundred rpm
just prior to peak torque. A common mistake is letting the
bike rev too far, giving away precious speed down the start.