Riding Technique

Discipline #2

MX COACH is proud to be associated with Gary Bailey as a vital part of our coaching program. Gary Bailey Motocross Techniques are what we teach and coach! The good news is that I am not some former fast guy that made up some stuff and will tell you what I think will make you a better rider. Instead you will be coached with certainty using Gary Bailey MX Techniques that are world-class and proven championship winning over the past three decades.

Every professional sport has coaches from football to swimming. However, in motocross most racers go to the track and ride laps as fast as they can. Maybe your mechanic will give you a pointer or two like go faster in that corner or lean back more through the whoops. Unfortunately, this so called practicing occurs in the amateur level as well as in the professional motocross. Even little Bobbie who is eight-years old has a coach for his little league baseball team! The good news is that motocross is primitive in this fact and you will quickly rise to the top by having a riding technique coach.

You may be asking yourself if this is so obvious then why doesn’t everyone have a coach to excel. Great question and the answer to that ranges from “I would rather spend thousands on modifying my motorcycle than learning how to ride my motorcycle.” to “I already know how to ride I just have to keep practicing what I’m doing.” The first reason is easy as money is used as an excuse; but the fact is that tens of thousands of dollars is being spent on motocross from traveling, to equipment and entry fees and little or none on true coaching. What really is missing is the awareness of the value of coaching and the difference it will make in your riding.

The second reason is ego, meaning that a rider with success thinks he has it all figured out and is not open to coaching. Being open to coaching is first knowing that you don’t’ know everything and inside your commitment to be the best you hire a coach to open your mind and eyes to become aware of what you don’t know, that you don’t even know. Said another way the coach, just like in football practice, will not allow you to unload your bike and burn laps. He is going to structure your practice and have you do drills and such to work on what limits you and what you are not good at. Many do not like this because as human beings we like to do what we are good at and we avoid doing what we are not good at. What we don not like is usually what we are not good at. Case in point how often do you see a racer practicing rut corners as compared to practicing jumping?

I know too obvious right? Obvious or not aggressive young athletes that are successful get there by being confident and certain and this gets in the way of them humbling themselves to allow a coach to enter and make a huge difference in their riding technique and race results. Image an Olympic swimmer practicing everyday thrashing in the pool as hard as he can trying to shave tenths of a second off his best time. It just doesn’t happen because the culture of swimming is to have a coach to study, video and analyze the athlete’s technique and form and coach him to see what he cannot possibly see from his perspective of thrashing in the water. This culture of coaching does not yet exist in motocross therefore we continue burning laps around a track with the illusion that this is good practice.

Technique makes a difference ask any swimmer and they will agree without hesitation, because they know the difference it makes in their times and race results. Look at the top five professional motocross racers and it is easy to see the fundamental techniques that they all use. Yes I said all of them! Granted they all have their own style and different body types and different ways that they ride. However, they all with few exceptions use the same fundamentals to control and master control of the motorcycle. Said another way they are in sync with the fundamental laws of motorcycle physics and therefore have the possibility to be the champion. Chances are you do not even know what the fundamentals are and even if you do you most likely have not mastered all of them to put yourself in a position to be physically capable of beating the racers that do.

Physics is physics and no one is special or privelaged to shortcut the laws of physics. Take James Stewart for example and it is easy to see that he rides more forward than any other racer on the track. No accident here that he is also the fastest racer on the track! Point is if you are not forward like James Stewart you will not be able to beat James Stewart. Just look at the body position of the riders as you go down the race results. As you go past the top five the riders all are progressively further and further back on their motorcycle, with few exceptions. This is one fundamental that is so obvious and why riders that do not have the number one plate on their bike continue to ride so rearward is because they do not have a coach! I trust I made my point and hopefully I have not offended anyone in the process.

At MX COACH you will be coached no matter what level you are at to master the fundamental laws of motorcycle physics. This is more challenging than it seems and it makes the biggest difference even at the highest professional level. Once the fundamentals are in place then the coaching can shift to opening your mind and eyes to seeing what you do not see. Basically training the rider to think, be creative and look for opportunities to shave time, gain speed and carry momentum.

Purposeful practice is what makes the difference between linear progress and breakthrough results in your abilities and race results. A coach will create a practice session with you and stand for the extraordinary to happen in that session. The result is a new realm and excitement around practicing as you can see and feel yourself improving by leaps and bounds. This you don’t have to take my word for but you’ll have to experience for your self. The only thing you risk losing is poor technique! So contact MX COACH today and register for a group school or private lesson and get a coach before the culture of motocross figures it out first!

More about Gary Bailey Motocross Techniques:

The list of who has been coached by Gary Bailey is undisputed and crosses three decades including today! This fact alone shows how Gary Bailey techniques continue to evolve and expand with the latest techniques.

Here is a list of some of the top riders and champions that have worked with Gary Bailey.

Ricky Carmichael
Davi Millsaps
Travis Pastrana
Mike Alessi
Jeff Alessi
Ryan Hughes
Sebastian Tortelli
Ronnie Tichenor
David Bailey
Jeff Stanton
Greg Albertyn
Zach Osborne
Jessica Patterson
Stefy Beau
Ben Evans

Being trained and certified by Gary Bailey, MX COACH confidently states that we teach the most modern and effective technology for Riding Technique.

Purposeful practice is what makes the difference between linear progress and breakthrough results...
MX Coach's founder Joseph DeGano with Gary Bailey

I’ve had the privilege of being a student of Gary Bailey since 1983! And in 2001 I had the honor of being certified to teach Gary Bailey MX Techniques! As a certified instructor of Gary Bailey techniques you can be certain that you are being coached with the latest technology.
It is the science of motorcycle physics and it is undeniable. Just like gravity we are all affected by it and it doesn’t matter if you believe in gravity, agree with gravity or even like gravity we are all affected by it the same. Therefore, to study the physical laws of motocross will give you understanding and the ability to master it and even transcend what is thought to be possible.


Travis Pastrana and Chad Reed in Phoenix 2009
Ben Evans show proper riding technique
Gary Bailey teaches cornering
Dezmo DeGano (age 5) gets ready to practice on the supercross track
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