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CORNERING IN STYLE!

One sandy corner, but lots of different ways to get around it!

Take one wide, sandy and pretty wet turn at the Preston Docks circuit, and it seems just about every single rider that goes around it does so in their very own style! From bar-draggers to berm bashers to swag merchants, it seems there’s not just one way to get your 450 pointed in another direction and charging hard. We take a look at the different styles of some of Britain’s top MX1 racers.

THE BAR DRAGGER

Yep, those Dixon Kawasaki 450s work just fine when cranked over to near horizontal!

Take a bow, Mister Tommy Searle! Traction may be at a premium and the ground may be softer than a very soft thing, but there’s nothing like the pure class of getting the bike so low, your bars are kissing the dirt. Top marks!

THE ROAD RACER

Irish MX of Nations regular Stu Edmonds just loves those TMs, and it shows!

Road racing is very big in Ireland, which is where it seems Stuart Edmonds gets his classic feet on the pegs, lean the body in style! TM makes supermoto bikes and kart engines, so perhaps his bike demands tarmac style!

THE BERM DESTROYER

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your berm down, says Mr Dewulf

There’s a nice big berm being built up on the outside of the corner. There’s always someone whop blows through it and ruins it for the next man. Step forward berm destroyer Jeffrey Dewulf! It’s how they do it in Belgium…

THE LEG SWAG

At least Wigger didn’t take a digger as he keeps his Husky on the right track

He won’t thank us for using this photo, but we all get it a tiny bit wrong sometimes. Nothing that a bit of extreme leg swag can’t make amends for! Husqvarna man Aidan Wigger tries just that bit too hard but we like a trier!

THE FOOT ROOSTER

No longer a Ricky Carmichael clone now he’s switched to Kawasaki, Double G rides the KXF hard!

Not content with the back wheel kicking up a plume of roost, some riders like that extra bit of sand spray that only comes from dragging a foot in the dirt. Nice work rooster king Gary Gibson on the mighty KXF450

THE BACK END SLIDER

It must be all those hours watching speedway that makes Jake Nicholls so fast around turns

There’s a gene in the Nicholls family that creates talented speedway riders. And Jake definitely has it. The MXGP star just backs it in and slides it round speedway style! Well, that’s if speedway did right hand turns of course…

THE CLASSICIST

anel Leok is old school and traditional, from his never-say-die attitude to textbook cornering style

If there’s one rider who values pure speed and grit over any style considerations, it’s hard man Tanel Leok. Yet the Estonian has style right out of the textbook, with weight to the outside of the seat and foot well forward

Original content from MotoHead Issue 1 – November 2016

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