In this episode of On Track How To we venture down to Live Oak, Florida to explore proper high-speed sweeper sand roller technique with Luke Renzland at Dreamland. Grab your note pad as there is much to learn in regards to body position, throttle control, traction, focus and more that will help you to hone in your riding technique- resulting in faster lap times.
For more How To videos, click here!
It's Luke Renzland out here at my property Dreamland in Live Oak, Florida. We're going to show you how to go through a high-speed sweeper sand rollers. This is a pretty advanced technical section, but you might see something like this across the country. All rollers are pretty similar in what technique you need, so this is definitely a good skill to have.
In this particular section, we have a little left-right S-corner. As soon as you come out of the left, the rollers start and you sweep out of the right-hand corner. We have about a section of 12 rollers here in all. Very deep, sandy Florida sand.
The main thing in rollers is to make sure you're on the balls of your feet, gripping as hard as you can with your knees, so you don't get swappy when you hit hard in the middle and catch a little air off the top. Gripping your knees is the main thing. Try to keep your knees a little bent to keep a lot of weight on the pegs; keep the traction on the ground. That helps you keep the front end light through the rollers.
If you're a beginner or novice or starting in the B-class, really what you most want to pay attention to is keeping your front wheel light through the rollers. If you get your front wheel down in the bottom of the rollers, that bottoms your suspension out and usually sends you on a pretty bumpy ride. That's the main thing to focus on - keeping your bike in the right gear to keep it in the needed power and rocking through the section.
If your bike is screaming, all that is doing is creating a lot of wheel spin. Traction is one of the main keys of motocross. You definitely want to, especially on a four stroke, keep it in as high the gear as you can and have it almost lugging a little bit. A lot of guys like to scream them out, but the main focus is definitely keeping it lugging and keeping the traction on the ground.
Keeping your feet on the balls of the pegs and your knees gripping more around the front of your number plate, that gives your knees a lot of leverage to crank the bike down and keep that straight. You want to keep your hips back and your chest more towards the bars. As you start picking up more and more speed, your front end will drop back a bit more and you'll get a bit more in the tuck position. Always keeping that finger on the clutch just in case you need to feather it a little bit. Keep creating forward momentum and good traction.
Keep your head neutral with your upper body. If your upper body goes back a bit more, of course, your head isn't going to go all the way back like this. That's not too important where your head is. Keep your hips back, keep your legs locked down on the number plates and pin it.
With lots of squirrely ruts, which is what you always get in sand, if you let your front end get in that, you'll usually get a little bit of head shake and the whole bike will become unstable. That will throw your form off and really throw you off for the rest of the section. Keeping your front end light, your rear end will power through whatever rut it is, no matter how sideways you are. As long as your rear end is getting traction and you stay in the power, you'll usually come out just fine.
When you start getting squirrely, you really don't want to trap the throttle at all; that usually ends up pretty bad. That's what you see a lot of times in the more beginner classes. They get a little scared and they trap out the throttle. The bike gets really heavy, especially in the sand. You want to keep in the throttle and trust the bike. As long as you stay in the throttle, you've got to just pin it to win it. When in doubt, pin it out. Especially in this section, going around the corner, it takes a lot of upper body strength, to keep the front end light and that burm going around the right-hand corner.
As you get more and more speed, the bike does more and more of the work for you. It's just really up to you on keeping the speed going forward and the bike will work it out.
This is Luke Renzland out here at Dreamland. Thanks for watching this MotoSport How To. I hope it helped you out a lot on your technique. Keep dreaming.