With my new GoPro in my helmet, you get to literally see things from my perspective in this video. Just one circuit from each rider might not be a fair representation of their abilities, yet it is a snapshot that shows you how my brain works in its analysing, and how you too could improve your rut riding.
In order of appearance;
Daniel (CRF150RB) needed to rely on his front brake more into this rut. Using that will give him more confidence to enter fast, which makes the front brake work even better at keeping his front wheel stuck in the rut.
Blake (KLX110L) carries good speed and leaning into the turn with his bike. He just needs to grow into a bigger bike!
Josh (KTM125EXC) carries great speed into the turn, leaning right over and then avoiding any blips on the throttle for a smooth and fast exit. His need was to avoid any blips under braking, using front brake modulation for control instead of throttle.
Sean (KTM250SX-F) is a great upright rider. He is aggressive and very skilled. The problem is that he simply needs to lean himself and the bike more into the turn. You can actually see him lock up the rear brake just after entering the rut. He proved that a brake slide can be faster for him through some turns, but we agreed that there was no way it should be happening in a rut.
Aiden’s (CRF150RB) leg needed to stay high. After dabbing his foot he seems to do the corner smoothly but it was much slower than it would have been had he kept his leg high and simply started powering earlier in this case.
Matt’s (RM125) main struggle was in his bikes lack of torque. But this is not fatal to corner speed, in fact it should encourage it. If he powered longer into a later braking point before the turn, and leaned more instead of braking hard, then he wouldn’t need power to keep him upright through the rut. His momentum would do that for him.
Tim (KTM350XC-F) enters a little too wide. In this case it actually messed up his flow because he had to correct himself, but I like what he was trying to do. When he got this approach right he could spread his turn out over a greater length of track, a high end technique that really separates the best riders out from the rest.
Mike (KTM350XC-F) was simply following too close to his brother in this one. I saw him fly into corners like these. He could definitely benefit from sitting forward on the seat and not lean forward as much, but generally he was looking good.
So there is your little glimpse at how my twisted mind works. I would love to hear any feedback you might have, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a form on our website.