also, if the mud is slick enough dont bother holding the engine wide open. you will do nothing but spin tire and smoke pistons. usually running up a gear and underpowering the wheels will help you get a little more speed.
take the inside line, its always the cleanest and wiped down to hard stuff. all the slop gets tossed to the outside and it will suck you down to a crawl.
aggressive tread obviously helps, but airing them down too much may cause you to bite the sidewall and end up with a flat. air them down a little of course, it will help some.
watch your speed in the corners, you will slide forever into the slop.
between motos make sure you wash your radiator out completely and check your coolant level, its really easy to boil over in the mud and lose half your coolant.
buy some mud plugs for your wheels if you dont have any. a wheel full of mud is HEAVY!
protect your intake from getting muddy. this gets tricky because it can throw off your jetting. its a good idea to know your jetting with a lid on the box, so you can change in a pinch. its so important to keep the water away from the filter because water carries silt in past the filter and dusts the engine.
protect your eyes. double stack goggles...you will be dropping the first pair after the first corner, and the second pair will probably get dropped within the first lap. having 1 or 2 sets of clear safety glasses on underneath helps buy you some time before you are bare eye and crying with mud packed eyelids for a week. use that visor on your head as a roost shield!
I think Zookie hit most of it, (I never heard of anyone double-stacking goggles though!) Anything you can do to maximize traction, both brake and accel : If you have slightly taller rear tires, that might help if the particular track you're running ruts up quickly. You might consider backing off a couple of clicks on front compression, sometimes helps weight transfer for braking traction. In addition to running a gear higher, try rolling the throttle on just a bit slower than normal, once you break loose and start crazy spinning, you're not making any forward speed. Keep the radiator and motor as clean as possible, mud is a great insulator and will cause overheating.
its not a secret......its just the exact opposite of what most people do on the gate
as for gear, i just get wet. some people do the trashbag-t-shirt, others wear actual rain gear. i tried it but found it to be very annoying and just deal with the nasty.
i like shift and thor, i find myself always buying their gear mainly because of the pricing and styling. i use a compression suit instead of a chest protector. its a PITA to put on and off, and i cannot put my jersey on without help over the suit but i really like the feel of it while riding, and it works really well against roost. another bonus is the ability to run your name and number printed on the jersey which i like more than a number plate on a protector.
The rain actually held off and the track packed down by the end of the first moto. There was a wide open no berm corner after a backstretch that was a foot deep of mud so like you said everyone went inside. I got kicked out one lap and got passed by three people just in that one corner... so yea..
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