While we didn’t make it to a dawn service for ANZAC day, we were not forgetting. The problem, if you could call it that, was the massive number of riders coming out of the woodwork on this special day, to join us at the rejuvenated MX Central.
Prepped and Ready
It just so happened that the Friday suited many people, and the fact that they had to drive a little further was no problem, especially when the track is getting looked after by an ex pro mx rider as his main job. Some rain the night before didn’t need to make for an ice rink when you have someone like James to rip the thing.
It wasn’t easy getting our first group out through the muleyed soil, so I was impressed when they all made it around. Then I could go a bit easier on then with one single corner getting hammered until the style was right.
Here is where I must thank James for his patience in letting us rip up some grass as we made the short loop. For sure it would have been enough to send me home with the parks previous owner.
My aim was to keep the skills tight, having them stand with knees gripping the seat instead of tank, and with body low enough to the bike that their arms never went straight. This was not easy, especially over the top of sharp jumps and drops, so we had their weight forward until the front hard started dropping, before getting their bum back. It helped some riders a lot.
Four faster riders were next, following a similar program and just modifying each rider as their style needed work. By this time the track was becoming perfect, and that last moto a beautiful thing. My highlight was seeing the work that Chris Haveman has put into his riding, looking even better after some more tweaks as gentle reminders.
The skills were pretty similar to our earlier group, until that was sorted and the lessons started heating up. An example was showing one rider the difference between the whips he was doing, and the scrubs that would keep him lower and faster; that difference being the ability to get the bike sideways over a jump without blipping the power off the upramp.