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APRIL 2012



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2013 HONDA CRF 450R

Pro Secrets • Jeremy McGrath

• Ricky Carmicheal • James Stewart • Ryan Villopoto

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Pro Secrets Jeremy McGrath Ricky Carmicheal James Stewart Ryan Villopoto


MotoX 2012

Race Schedule

AMA Pro/AM Locations

GettingStarted: is quick and easy. Assuming you have the right bike (and a way to get to the track), you’re almost there.

•First, join the AMA. Participants in AMAsanctioned com petition events must join up. Not only does the AMA provide consistent rules and guidelines that make racing fairer and safer, the AMA Government Relations Department fights for motorcyclists rights on the national level and helps organize and support local battles. There is strength in numbers, and we need everybody to be on board. •Second, download a copy of the AMA Racing Amateur Rulebook. In the rulebook, you’ll learn which nationally recognized classes you’re eligible to enter and find out how to make your bike legal for competition. Although the vast majority of riders compete in the official AMA classes, AMA-chartered organizers also can advertise and run special classes that have local appeal. Contact the promoters for information about these classes. •Third, download and print in color the Adult Release Form or Minor Release form and submit it to the AMA. •Fourth, find an event. Look up a race near you by searching our online database of AMA-sanctioned racing events. You also can find national events (most of which include novice classes) on our AMA National Championship page.


Hangtown Motocross


-Rancho Cordova, CA

May 26

Freestone Raceway

-Wortham, TX

June 2

Thunder Valley Motocross

-Lakewoord, CO

June 9

High Point Raceway

-Mt. Morris, PA

June 16

Budds Creek Motocross

-Mechanicsville, MD

July 7

RedBud MX

-Buchanan, MI

July 14

Spring Creek Motocross

-Millville, MN

July 21

Washougal Motocross

-Washougal, WA

Aug 11

Moto-X 338

-Southwick, MA

Aug 18

Unadilla Valley Sports Center -New Berlin, NY

Sept 1

Steel City Raceway

-Delmont, PA

Sept 8

Lake Elsinore MX Park

-Lake Elsinore, CA

Ryan Dungy 2012 Motocross


HOW TO GET SPONSORED 1. Prepare a race resume:

Include your past race achievements and page about you and your personal details etc. Include a brief on your racing style and discipline. Put some good photos of yourself racing, and in the pits. Also include any media coverage in the past or any previous/current sponsors.

2. Contacting a potential Sponsor: Contact the business

of choice and ask to speak to the person in charge of sponsorship. Set up a meeting and be confident.

3. Looking after your sponsor: Once you have

gained some sponsorship make sure that you do exactly what you said you would do. Always present yourself in a professional manner. Always have something positive to say about your sponsor and practice public speaking.



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Hare Scramble 2012

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Tips for Parents 1 2 .Racing should be fun. Treat it that way. With all the money in professional sports today, it is hard for parents to understand that it’s just good fun to young racers. The primary goal should be to have fun and enjoy the healthy competition.

.Young racers compete in sports for many reasons. They enjoy the competition, like the social aspect, and enjoy the challenge of setting goals. You might have a different agenda, but you need to recognize that racing is your child’s sport, not yours.


.Focus on the process of racing, instead of results. Winning comes from working the process and enjoying the ride.


.You are a role model for your child athlete. Your


child will see how you react to a close race or questionable behavior by a competitor. Stay calm, composed and in control at the track, so your child can mimic positive behaviors.

5.Refrain from

race-day coaching. Once at the track, athletes need to trust in their training and “just do it.” Save the coaching for practice and focus on encouragement at the track.

.Help your athlete detach self-esteem from achievement. Too many athletes attach self-worth to their level of performance. Help your child understand that he or she is a person first, who happens to race, instead of a racer who happens to be a person.

7.Ask your child

athlete the right questions. This tells your child what you think is important in sports. If you ask, “Did you win?” your child will think winning is important. If you ask, “Did you have fun?” he or she will assume having fun is important.

8.Pledge to follow

the Parent’s Code of Ethics developed by the Parents Association for Youth Sports (; (800) 729-2057). PAYS provides a parental handbook and code of ethics for adults to sign before each competitive season.




“THE KING (aka Jeremy McGrath) HOLESHOT: 1. “Make sue that you have a straight shot to the first turn and that there are no rocks or mud in your line. The , when staging, I try to visualize a perfect start in my head. I slide as forward as possible on the seat, lean over the handlebar with my elbows up, thick the bike in second gear, pull in the front brake with one finger, let the clutch out until the bike starts to grab, turn the throttle approximately half open and then watch the gate. Right before the gate is ready to drop, I concentrate on the pin beneath the gate. This is the first sign that the gate is ready to drop. “ 2. As the gate drops, let out the clutch slowly to avoid too much wheelspin. I’m at least five feet out

of the gate before my clutch lever is fully released and the throttle is pinned.” 3. “To minimize wheelie, keep your weight over the handlebar as long as you can. I arches my back to get more weight on the front. 4.Before you begin to sit up, you want to make sure that you’re ahead of the rest of the guys, .”Usually, I start upshifting and sliding back on the seat once my elbows are clearly ahead of everyone’s handlebars. This way, I don’t get pinched off down the start straight or in the first turn. I also aim toward the inside line so I don’t get stuffed and because most crashes happen in the middle or outside of the first turn.”

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» which should still be planted on the motorcycle’s pedal. The ending position should appear as though you’ve dismounted your bike while still mid-air. Some riders will modify the trick to a No Footed Nac Nac 1. Stand up. Keep your hands on your handlebars and by taking the remaining foot of your feet on your pedals until the pedal during the dismount. you’re in a standing position. One variation of the FMX Nac 3. Get back on the bike. Nac trick involves removing Once the FMX Nac Nac Trick one hand, usually the right, has been completed, swing from the handlebars for a One your leg back over and sit Handed Nac Nac to slightly back down on the bike to preincrease the difficulty level. pare for landing. To add a little more to the difficulty level of 2. Dismount while air-born. the trick, you can vary the Take one leg, usually the right, landing by doing a no handed and swing it over the bike and or no footed landing. place it behind the other leg, Jeremy Mcgrath was known for his famous Nac Nac. Before freestyle was even an event, he would do them during race jumps because he was bored.




shock from a previous obstacle, say a jump, the suspension will want to rebound too quickly as soon as the wheel leaves the first jump. The goal is to enter the section straight and keep the bike as level with the ground as possible. In this sequence, Carmichael does not want to pull the front end too high. If that happens, the rear suspension will go too deep into the stroke, which will cause the shock. Carmichael maintains a neutral, if not rearward, body position. His knees and elbows are up, the balls of his feet are on the footpegs and his hands are firmly on the handlebar. He doesn’t even have a finger on the clutch. He’s so confident, and his reflexes are so good, that he just hangs on for the ride and controls the bike with body RUTTED CORNER: position and throttle control. - Pick a smooth line. Unless he loses his drive, - Neutral body positioning on Carmichael maintains the entrance. - Transition to sitting just before the same body position all the way corner apex. through the whoops. Even if - Leg comes up as you sit down. there is a serious rhythm prob- All braking is done before you lem, he uses the throttle and rear start turning. brake to make quick speed ad- Roll on the throttle just past the justments. Also, it’s better to put corner apex. - Lean forward during acceleration weight on the back of the bike than on the front; otherwise, it out of the corner can be really easy to endo. It’s WHOOPS: It’s important to critical to maintain full concenenter the whoop section with tration in the whoop section, and your suspension as settled as be sure you take the smoothest possible. If there is too much line all the way through. load on either the fork or the

“(aka Ricky Carmichael) THE GOAT



Well he can’t tell you all his secrets because if he did and you went out and did them and won then that wouldn’t be good for him. However this is what he can tell you . TECH TIPS: 1st. Get Some Red Bull 2nd. Eat Some Donuts 3rd. Buy A 2010 Yamaha YZ450F


“Bubb a” Stewart


4th. Eat Some More Donuts 5th. Go Ride And Find Out If James Is Bull Shitting Me Or Not

5 FUNDAMENTALS OF RIDING: 1. Try to ride as much as you can. That’s the only way to get better. 2. Weight the outside foot peg. 3. Elbows up 4. Look ahead 5. Bike setup Try not to be focus on being fast or perfect. No one is perfect. Work on little pieces as you move along. Elbows up, look forward, come into the turns, good line selects. Bike set up. Levels right in the middle not high or low. Bars in confortable position. Check the sag. If it’s to tall you will get the bug affect and ride tense.

TABLE TO TABLE JUMPS: (ON ON OFFS) 1. Land on the first table top in a standing position 2. Ride on the balls of your feet and squeeze the bike with your knees. 3. Use the clutch and throttle to “launch” off the table and onto the next one.

“RV Ryan Villopoto

Come out of the turn. Jump onto the table top most of the time not sitting down. Have good bike set up. Use clutch and throttle to swak the bike. Use legs/knees to pick the bike up. In the middle of the jumps stand on balls of your feet and help pick the bike up by squeezing your knees.