Here is a list of some commonly used terms in Motocross. If you
get involved in Motocross, you will become familiar with them.
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- Airtime: The amount of time spent in the air when jumping.
- Arm-pump: A symptom from a rider gripping too hard causing the
forearms muscles to get hard restricting bloodflow.
- Attack Position: The riders body position.
- Berm: A berm is the built up outside edge of a corner on the track.
- Brake Slide: When you lock up the back brake forcing it to slide
- Braking Bumps: Just before corners, riders have created small
bumps from continually braking.
- Came Up Short: When an obstacle is not completely cleared.
- CC: Cubic centimeters, refering to the bike size.
- Class: The 'groups' riders are seperated into and are based on
the age of the rider, bike size or skill level.
- Concrete Start: When the starting block is made of concrete.
- Disqualification: When a rider is removed from the competition.
- DNF: Did not finish.
- DNS: Did not start.
- Double jump: One large jump made of two smaller ones.
- The Gate: Is the starting gate for each race.
- Goggles: Protects the riders eyes and is essential.
- Graphics: Used to describe the stickers placed on bikes.
- Hand guards: Attachements for the handlebars that block a riders
hands from any direct impact.
- Hardpack: When a track is dry and hard.
- Holeshot: The rider that makes it around the first turn of the
race before anyone else.
- Knobbly: Reference to a motocross tyre.
- Lap: One full ride around the track.
- Line: This is the ideal course that you pick around the track
to try and improve your times.
- Pile up: More then one bike involved in a crash.
- Pits: The are where riders and their crews set up for racing.
- Plastic: Is that panels that attach onto the bike like the fenders
and shrouds. More often then not are covered in graphics.
- Practice: One race day, it is the time given for a rider to get
acquanted with the track before the race.
- Program: The schedule of events for the day.
- Race Sag: The amount a bike seat drops when a rider sits on the
- Roost: The mud or dirt flung in the air when spinning the rear
- Roll offs: A device on goggles that by adjusting while riding
clears the lenses from dirt.
- Rut: An 'dug out' line in the track due to continuous riding.
- Step-down: A type of jump that appears like a step down.
- Step-up: A type of jump that appears like a step up.
- Table top: A jump with a flat top.
- Tear-offs: Several thin clear plastic lenses on top of one another
that can be peeled back one at a time while riding to get rid of
mud flicked onto your goggles easily.
- Technical Briefing: The meeting that all riders must attend at
the beginning of the race day.
- Wheelie: When you accelerate to raise the front wheel of the bike.
- Whip: A technique where a rider manouveres the bike flat horizontally
in the air and then brings it back up for the landing.
- Whoops: Section of the track consisting of more than 10 small
jumps in a row that require good timing.
- Red Flag: Indicates the race has been stopped.
- Yellow Flag: Indicates danger and the rider should proceed with
- White Flag: Indicates that medical personnel are attending to
a fallen rider.
- Green Flag: Indicates that it is all clear.
- Blue flag: Indicates that a rider is about to lap you.
- Black and white chequered flag: Finish of heat / race.