WHY: The approach to the hazard has been rushed, with the rider not in the position he wanted to be as he jumped onto the rock. This can occur if, on the section inspection by the rider, he has missed an obstacle or a hazard that could hamper the path to the rock. Section inspection should be carried out and all hazards noted in a photographic-like memory by the rider. Unseen problems can also happen though, for instance the rider before may have moved the rocks with the passage of his machine – which is what happened here.
RESCUE: He has landed on the rock after a difficult off-line approach caused by a loose rock knocking him off the section line. He is now using his body mass and strength to correct the machine and rescue the situation. Using the throttle to control the machine’s power he keeps calm, with the machine stood on its rear wheel whilst keeping the clutch biting to remain his forward motion. He is calm and comfortable with this situation before he moves of the rock and out of the ends cards of the hazard to record a clean ride!
THINK: Firstly, do not panic when this situation occurs. Look where you are going and what’s going to happen next. The machine’s power is under control as the rider ‘feathers’ the clutch lever and the rear tyre has strong purchase on the dry solid rock. Where will you land when you ride off the rock is what you should be focussing on. Start thinking about moving your body position to the rear as you go forward, and prepare to get both wheels back on the ground.
BODY POSITION: He has the strength of his left leg keeping the machine under control as he presses it hard into the side of the machine. Using his natural ability he uses his right leg as a counter balance and keeps his weight to the rear of the machine so that the tyre keeps a flat maximum purchase platform on the rock. He has a firm grip on the handlebars and has no obvious signs of strain as he brings the situation under his control. TECHNIQUE