In a sport where a fraction of a second here and there is the difference between first and fifth. no one could break it down better than long time veteran of the sport, motocross coach, and the man behind Ryno Power, Ryan Hughes. "Ryno" takes you through the three key parts of executing a perfect turn as well as five steps to remember while cornering to make you a faster rider. Watch as Ryno and his riders Axell Hodges and Dean Wilson show you how its done.

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I'm Ryan Hughes, Axell Hodges' coach. We've been working for probably about three months now, and out here working on some corners. Three main things in corners is:

  • Your entrance
  • Your roll
  • Your exit

The most important thing is to make sure you're coming in clean on your entrance so you have a clean roll through the middle of the corner and a fast exit. If you come in too hot and you have to brake in the middle of the corner, well you're going to come to a pause, you're going to come to a stop. If you come to a pause and you come to a stop, well then you sacrifice the exit of the corner. Out of every exit, there is usually an uphill, a straightaway, whoops, double, triple, whatever it is.

What I say, is come in the corner, slow up 3 feet, to make 300 feet faster as you exit at the corner. If you rush 3 feet coming in the corner and you have to brake hard in the middle of the corner, well now you're going to come to a pause or a stop, and now you've sacrificed that 300 feet, so to speak, out of the exit of the corner.

That's three things ... we'll talk about five things. Let's say the fourth thing is making sure you're coming in the corner, and right when you enter that corner, your heads already turning, your eyes are already turning, you're already looking ahead because you go where your eyes go. If your head drops in the middle of the corner, well now again, you're going to come to a pause, you're going to come to a stop.

You want to make sure that the head is turning, looking ahead in the corner so you have a clean, consistent, flow in the corner. One of the best at it is Dungey. Dungey comes in a little bit slower, but has a lot of roll through the middle of the corner, and then he exits very fast. When he exits very fast, he can get that next gear because he's very clean coming out of the corner.

Now the fifth important thing is right when you start to get on the gas, you want to get that foot back on the peg as quick as you can. If you watch Villopoto, you watch Wilson, Tomac, all of them, they get their foot on the peg as soon as they can, right when they get the corner, because right when you get your foot on the peg, now you have control of that motorcycle.

If your foot's hanging out, well now that motorcycle can go side to side. When you get that foot back on as quick as you can and you're gripping that bike, now that bike is going to track straight. You're going to get traction, you're going to get momentum, and you don't have to fight that bike.

Five Tips on Cornering

  1. Make sure you're not coming into the corner too hot
  2. Make sure you have a nice clean roll through the middle of the corner
  3. Make sure that entrance and roll helps the exit of your corner, because that's all motocross is, is an exit sport
  4. Make sure the head is turning in the middle of the turn so you have a clean flow and consistent exit
  5. Make sure you're getting that foot back on the peg as quick as you can so you can stabilize and control that bike when you're trying to go as hard as you can

All right, so that's five tips for the corner. We're out here at Pala Raceway with Axell Hodges and Jamie Gardiner, and of course Dean Wilson. Hopefully those five tips will help you out. Again, one step at a time. Remember, it's the immediate, not the ultimate. The ultimate is going fast through the corner, but the immediate is what you need to focus on.

The immediate are the little things ... your foot, looking ahead, being patient, all these different things. Always focus on the immediate and that ultimate will happen. Everybody wants to go fast, but the little things will make you go fast. Good luck.