MotoSport.com athlete Tucker Saye explains and demonstrates proper cornering form and technique for those tricky Southwick like conditions. Momentum, balance, and focus are key factors when executing perfect corners, watch as Tucker walks you through the fundamentals needed to execute sand corners properly.
Riding in Sand
Hi. My name's Tucker Saye, here with Motosport.com. We're going to take you through the proper technique for hitting a sand corner. When hitting a sand corner, there's a few things you want to remember. They say sand is the hardest thing to ride, and I believe that's true because it's so loose, the bike moves around a lot, and it's really hard to get centered in a line.
Tips to Riding Sand Corners
There's a few key points that we're going to point out. First of all, entry speed: When you come into a sand corner, you really want to make sure and carry your momentum. Momentum is huge, because if you bury the frontend into the corner, you're going to get stuck in the deep sand and lose a lot of speed.
Put Weight on the Rear of the Bike
When you're coming in, if it's a fast straightaway coming in, you want to do your breaking early. You want to make sure your weight is on the rear of the bike. That's the biggest thing in sand, you want to move your weight further back and keep the front wheel light, keep it up, and try and get it on the top of the sand instead of burying it down in.
When you're braking, you don't want to brake a ton, compared to a hard-pack corner. The sand's going to do some of your braking for you. You come in with some speed, get on the front brake a little bit, maybe drag the rear brake a little bit, get comfortable, and you want to get your braking done as early as you can coming into a sand corner so you can setup and get settled on the bike coming into the actual turn.
Once you get into the turn, you're going to want to start to lean the bike over and you want to get on the gas early. That's a big thing in the sand; if you get on the gas early, you'll keep the frontend light, it'll keep the bike on top, and it'll keep you pulling through the sand.
Overall Body Position
Your overall body position in a sand corner is also quite a bit different than a regular turn. Because you want to keep the front end light and you want to get all the weight on the back of the bike so you can power through the sand, you have to move your entire body position back a little bit.
You still want your knees gripping the bike, you still want your elbows up, head up, looking forward, all that's the same. You just want to move your entire body back on the seat a few inches. Depending on how deep the sand is, you can move back and use that weight to get power to the rear wheel and keep the frontend from digging in too much.
As you start to get towards the middle and the exit of the corner, you really want to make sure your looking ahead and keep your throttle on. A lot of times if you're looking down, you'll hesitate with the throttle. That split second of hesitation lets the frontend dive in and you lose all your speed.
Finishing a Sand Corner
Once you start coming out of the corner, you want to make sure you're setting up well for the track ahead of you. Most of the time when there's a sandy corner on the track, most of the track is going to be sandy, or at least the section after it. When you're coming out of a sand turn, you already have your head up, you're looking ahead, you're on the throttle; you want to get your feet on the pegs as fast as you can.
The more you can get your feet on the pegs or the quicker you can get your feet on the pegs, the more you can get your weight back to the back of the bike and really start getting that power to the ground.
If you've hit that corner well and you've carried a good amount of momentum through the corner, you should have a good amount of speed already built up and you should be able to get off the back of the bike.
Stand up if you can. Standing up in the sand is a great way to get power to the rear end, and then you can really just start driving through the sand. Especially if there are rollers after it, you really want to get your feet on the pegs as quickly as possible and make sure that you're carrying speed. Make sure that you're on the throttle, and that'll set you up well for the next part of the track and you're next turn.
Thanks for watching Motosport.com's how-to video on how to rip sand corners. I hope this helped. Hopefully next time you get out on a sand track, you can use proper technique, have a little bit more fun, and it's a little less of a struggle.