PRO RIDING TECHNIQUES
CORNERING: HOOKED, RUTTED TURNS
Ahooked, rutted corner on a baked- dry MX track makes even the most
seasoned rider look like a chump. It’s all
about angles, vision and throttle control.
The average pilot zeroes in on the obstacle,
leans opposite the machine and chops the
throttle, sending the machine into “stand
up and climb out of the corner” mode. The
pro rider is always in line with his machine.
Eyes are forward. The body is balanced
and athletic, staying light in the saddle and
hinged at the waist. The rider is always
applying the throttle into and through the
corner. Here’s a look at the good guys and
how they do it. ❏
Zach Bell shows perfect body
symmetry in a deep hooked
turn at Hangtown. His upper
body is in line with the machine,
his head up and looking down
the track, and his right leg is
out and not digging up too
Chad Reed here is fighting a case of the stand-ups. The turn
was ugly, with a deep hooking rut that stood you up if your
body wasn’t in perfect alignment and you chopped the throttle.
This is near-perfect form from Dungey. Left leg up, which helps
with balance, and since it’s not hitting the track, which tends to
make your body stand up, he can stay in the throttle and maintain an athletic body position, which is in line with the machine.
Justin Barcia exits this same turn and stays aggressive and in line with the machine. In spite of the front
wheel yanking out of the rut, smooth throttle and a
correct body line maintain his flow.