Sound technique essential in supercross
Training under a foreign, experienced coach Simon Humphrey, a former British champion, at the state-of-the-art motocross arena in Ipswich-Essex, London, has given me new scientific insight, stated former National MRF supercross and motorcross champion and current National runner-up (twice) Alan Sequeira of Sirvodem, Navelim.
Alan, Goa’s first two-wheeler racer to have won the coveted National supercross championship under FMSCI, disclosed that the specific training plans designed by one of the best trainers are aimed to help one achieve best performance. “For me, this has been a one-of-a-kind training and conditioning experience for the motocross athlete.”
The training provided me an opportunity to enhance the riding skills. More importantly, it reinforced my belief that it is the fundamentals of having the two-wheeler under total control that is the key to improving confidence. Proper attack position, proper braking techniques and braking points, weighting the pegs, throttle control, looking ahead, jumps, berms need to dealt with special care, remarked Alan.
The training offers periodized strength and cardiovascular work-outs. Motocross or supercross is just not turning the throttle and holding on with the upper body. Proper footwork has to be incorporated as a regular part of one’s training which is one of the basic elements of motocross technique.
Riders are also trained to control their bikes with their lower body rather than the upper body. This is done by shifting and transitioning a rider’s body weight with the legs and feet.
The strategy is to relax the upper body, and help one feel more controlled, especially on rough tracks. When the upper body is relaxed, it alleviates the majority of arm pump issues and helps the body absorb impacts more efficiently. When a rider relies on his upper body too much to control the bike it typically leads to him being more upright which will place more weight to the shock which, in turn, will result in less traction and will not allow the suspension to work the way it was designed to on rough tracks.
Corners are where the race is either won or lost. If there were 20 corners on a track and one was to make a mistake that cost half a second on each corner, one would have lost 10 seconds on that lap. The corner speed is important at any level of competition.
Looking ahead is important. It is crucial that one can see the next move and even adjust the next move at the last second to provide a better outcome. It requires hand-eye coordination, something that is an acquired skill by practicing. Along with hand-eye coordination, there is distance and depth perception. These are all important in motocross, where everything is at high speed and takes split second decisions.
The way you approach a corner contributes to how you get through the corner fast, observed Alan, Goa’s much acclaimed rider with 17 years riding experience studded with several National, State, all-India and all-Goa trophies and awards. [H]