Martinborough is enough off the beaten track that this was my first trip through the quiet town. Enjoying brilliant weather while the rest of the north island got drenched, the Cameron family hosted me on their private track for the day.
Fresh soil made for ideal traction as I had much needed burn aboard my new CRF250X in preparation for the session with the boys and their two friends. All of them racers, this session was going to be fun.
One part of the track intrigued me the most, beginning with an icy turn down near the creek. It claimed almost every rider, including a full 360 spin by Charlie aboard his CRF50.
The key here was leaning into the turn with the bike and keeping both feet on the pegs where possible. Combined with slipping the clutch properly for control we made some good gains here. Although perhaps I should have warned them earlier that it is better to overshoot the turn if entering too fast than to panic and use the front brake.
After that is the fun little step up shown on my facebook page recently where we worked on turning even while the wheels come off the ground. Call them whips if you like, it is more simple than many people try to make it. Resisting the temptation to straighten up a little at the top of the ramp is key to avoiding the rear wheel kicking back towards the side you are leaning towards.
Next was the best berm I have hit for some time. Getting the wheels high into the early part of it made a big improvement in the speed of us all. Seeing the speed they were hitting it and the joy it gave riders such as William is one of the highlights of my job.
That section was completed with a poppy little tabletop jump that Charlie was pumping like a BMX rider. For one small section of a track it held plenty of potential. These boys are lucky and I was happy to help them with it!